Lesbian And Gay Travel
Our longstanding commitment to the LGBT community is a point of pride for us. On a global level, we celebrate diversity and promote unity and equal rights in every community we serve. On a personal level, we provide you with outstanding service and industry-leading amenities you need to start every journey right.
For many years, we have teamed up with some of the largest regional Pride events around the world as corporate sponsor and, more importantly, enthusiastic participants. You’ll see us walking in NYC Pride, LA Pride, Utah Pride Festival, Motor City Pride, Seattle PrideFest, Twin Cities Pride, Atlanta Pride, and Pride Toronto, among other festivals. But Pride is just one of the many events we're involved with every year to show our love.
For more than 10 years, we have supported Gay Men’s Health Crisis and were honored to be recognized for our ongoing commitment. Each year we are a key sponsor of the GLAAD Media Awards, and we are a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association as a Platinum partner. We’re also a sponsor of GNETWORK 360 in Argentina and the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS).
We believe that a huge part of our success is our culture of inclusion and our full embrace of diverse people, thinking and styles. We are proud to have been designated one of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Best Places To Work” for LGBT employees in 2010 and 2011, and we continue to earn near-perfect scores on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index ever since. Our people participate in and support the efforts of DEEN, Delta’s Employee Equality Network.
Our employees in same-sex relationships enjoy health, dental, life insurance, pension and flight benefits for domestic partners, and we updated our policies to cover any federal or state income or payroll tax burden associated with their coverage. The result is true equality in health care coverage costs between same-sex domestic partners and employees in legally recognized marriages — regardless of U.S. location.
We advocated for permanent removal of the barriers that separate same-sex couples from some of the legal benefits enjoyed by their legally married peers. We celebrate the diversity of our employees and customers, and we applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to ensure the fundamental right to marriage for everyone.
Check out our unrivaled service around the world and see some of our top LGBT travel tips below. Wherever you want to go, we’re ready to lift you there in the lap of luxury.
With more than 100 gay bars, discos, bookshops, restaurants and hotels, the gem of the Netherlands has a fabulous and friendly scene. For a different twist on a tourist favorite take a canal cruise in the "Venice of the North" at night: you'll find the illuminated buildings and bridges intoxicating.
For your cerebral side, Amsterdam offers over 50 museums from Van Gogh to Rembrandt and even houseboats. Don't miss the one and only gay monument in the world, The Homomonument, opened in 1987, it's close to the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House.
Begin your Amsterdam adventure at Gay Amsterdam, your gay travel guide to bars, restaurants and accommodations.
Need help? Stop by Pink Point, a gay and lesbian info kiosk located at Homomonument, Westermarkt (on the Keizersgracht). Friendly volunteers will answer all your questions about gay Amsterdam.
Voted one of the best pride parades outside of the U.S., Amsterdam Pride 2012 (beginning of August) takes place along the famed canals. With over 250,000 spectators, it's rivaled only by Queensday (April 30th) and the cultural 'Uitmarkt/Sail' Watch (end of August).
The Big Peach. Hotlanta. Whatever you choose to call it, Atlanta will charm you with its restaurants, art scene, sprawling parks, and hot nightlife. Tour museums like The World of Coca-Cola and wind down at the festive Piedmont Park. You'll see that's just the beginning, so check out the links below to see what Atlanta has in store for you.
- Learn what's going on in the gay community of Atlanta at gay-atlanta.comopens in a new window.
- Visit gayatlanta.comopens in a new window, the LGBT source for Atlanta events, organizations, bars, jobs and more.
- Love music? The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorusopens in a new window is your ticket to traditional male choral music.
- Get the latest on the internationally famous Atlanta Pride Festivalopens in a new window.
- Did you know Atlanta has one of the world's largest LGBT film festivalsopens in a new window?
Berlinopens in a new window is the go-to city for art, culture, history, and epic nightlife. And with a diverse population — and an openly gay mayor to boot — it's easy to see why this European capital is at the top of many LGBT travelers' "must-see" lists.
When hitting the streets, there are three neighborhoodsopens in a new window you must visit for their unique scenes and vibrant culture: Kreuzberg is home to a large Turkish community and the alternative, Euro-punk gay scene; Schonebergopens in a new window is the oldest gay neighborhood in West Berlin with tons of trendy hotspots; and Prenzlauer Bergopens in a new window is an uber-cool, artsy district in the old East quarter. No matter where you find yourself, it's certain Berlin will have you under its spell — all day and all night.
Bostonopens in a new window is the kind of city you think you know, and then you visit. Whether you're into casual sightseeing or high-energy nightlife, it has a little something for everyone. Label lovers on Newbury Streetopens in a new window. Low-key intellects in Cambridgeopens in a new window. Club-going scenesters in South Endopens in a new window. The LGBT communityopens in a new window stretches throughout and brings a thriving scene to this New England town.
And for those who need a break from Beantown, no summer is complete without a trip to "P-Town". A quaint fishing village turned artsy, party-filled LGBT haven during the warm months, Provincetownopens in a new window is THE place to be for gay beach fabulousness (just don't forget the sunscreen).
In the last ten years, Belgium’s pioneering laws on gay marriage and adoption have helped make this country — and its capital — a welcoming place for lesbians and gays.
Located in the heart of the Paris/Amsterdam/Cologne triangle — headquarters of NATO and the EU — the city’s smart, cosmopolitan mix is reflected in its gay life.
Brussels’ gay district revolves around Grand Place, and its main artery is the rue Marché au Charbon. Scenic Dutch townhouses, cozy pubs, swish lounges and sunny outdoor cafes await. Beer lover? Sample from some of the world’s most unique brews. For dinner, dine al fresco in the classy Galeries St. Hubert area, the best for people watching.
Feeling spendy? Walk up Avenue Louise in the Ixelles-area toward the upmarket boutiques and housewares shops of the Place du Châtelain. Or browse the popular weekend antiques market.
Brussels’ monthly club nights are legendary amongst gay Euro clubbers. Party night trains and buses bring revelers from all over Western Europe. Sophisticated and high-spirited, this hot scene rivals London or New York.
Summer brings two international events: the IGLTA’s Annual Global Conventionopens in a new window, the premier event for LGBT tourism professionals, and the Fête de la Musiqueopens in a new window, an annual free festival celebrating jazz, classical, pop, rock, chanson and world music.
The hot Latin nightlife of Buenos Aires attracts gay travelers from across the globe. Known as the “Paris of South America” it’s a sophisticated city, home to Teatro Colon, one of the world’s largest opera houses. La Boca is the oldest (and most colorful) neighborhood in the city with many touristy but fun tango clubs.
A must see is Museo Evita filled with the dresses, shoes, hats and more of Evita Perone. Be sure to catch the Sunday gaucho fair in the Mataderos neighborhood, with the lively horsemen galloping through the city streets, the intoxicating aroma of regional cooking and the lively sounds of folk music.
Begin your Latin American adventure at Gay City Buenos Aires, your gay travel guide to bars, restaurants, barrios, plus hotels, B&B’s and resorts.
Watch the locals (portenos) strut their stuff at the Pride Parade the first Saturday in November each year to commemorate the formation of the first gay group in Buenos Aires in 1969.
Live like royalty in a city overflowing with historic beauty and modern marvels. From Hamlet's home at Kronberg Castle to the real Little Mermaid — one of the world's most photographed statues. Or take the ride of your life at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's most popular amusement park. Then take a stroll down Stroget, the strip sure to satisfy any shopaholic.
- Discover Copenhagen's gay scene at visitcopenhagen.comopens in a new window. See a full list of gay events, plus where to stay and what to do while you're there.
- From the beaches to the clubs, visit Copenhagen Gay Lifeopens in a new window for the ultimate guide to exploring the city.
- Search for gay events in Copenhagen and get the who, what, where, and when at visitdenmark.comopens in a new window.
Discover Dublin and find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Wander historic neighborhoods, explore breathtaking castles, play a round of golf, or dine with the locals (there's more than just meat and potatoes here). And of course, throw back a beer as you enjoy Dublin's world famous nightlife — from traditional pubs to trendy clubs.
- Check out the hottest events, tourist spots, gay-friendly hotels, and more at visitdublin.comopens in a new window.
- Gaydublin.comopens in a new window helps you plan your getaway and find all the best gay-owned and gay-friendly bars, clubs, hotels and more.
The moment you touch down in Johannesburg, South Africa, you know you’ve arrived in a special place. As the self-described Cultural Center of Africa, the vibrant pulse of Johannesburg resonates through its active LGBT Communityopens in a new window, and every corner of this former boom town. Yet the city’s place in history – and pre-history – is as inescapable as the sense of awe inspired by the landscape itself.
After coming so far, you’ll find no shortage of things to do. Like extreme sports? Try paraglidingopens in a new window, or white water raftingopens in a new window down the Vaal river. Maybe ballooningopens in a new window over the nearby Megaliesberg mountains is more your thing. And while you’re in the neighborhood, you really should pay a visit to your 3.5-million-year-old relatives in the Cradle of Humankindopens in a new window. For gay travelers, Johannesburg offers a once-in-a-lifetime experiences found no place else.
London rolls out the red carpet for the LGBT travelel. The crown jewel of that effort will be the Pride House located in Clapham Common in the city’s southwest. There you’ll find athletes, live music, art exhibitions by LGBT artists, sport demonstrations and more.
When the day wanes, the fun is doesn't. Head straight to the West End theatre district. If the big name shows there are sold out, you’ll find many outstanding productions at smaller venues throughout the district. Need clothes for the occasion? Fashionistas will find what they seek in Vauxhall, especially its Shoreditch neighborhood. And for serious nighttime fun, every LGBT traveler must pay a visit to Soho. Once you have enjoyed the delights of London your desire to return always remains with you.
The beautiful people, sunny weather and happening club scene makes for a great visit to Los Angeles. L.A. is really a line of several cities in a row, all with their own distinct personality and style. There's mellow Santa Monica, with its funky seaside neighbor Venice. The Valley incorporates a string of cities, including gay-popular Studio City.
West Hollywood is probably the best known gay district in L.A. but it's not the only one. On the famous Sunset Strip, if you're looking to see and be seen, check out one of the many local hip nightclubs and swanky hotels. Another popular community among the gay and lesbian crowd is Silverlake, which is home to a wide array of LGBT nightlife. Mellow Long Beach, south of L.A. and bordering Orange County, also has a thriving gay population.
Almost every one of L.A.'s mini-cities has its own LGBT bars and businesses — so you'll never be far from the action, no matter where you stay. If you missed the summer Pride eventsopens in a new window (Delta is proud to be the official airline of LA Pride), you can come to The Valley in October where Pride is celebrated at the CBS Studios in Studio City. Also in October, don't miss Halloween in West Hollywood, which includes a big parade and other events. Plus, Delta is the presenting sponsor of the GLAAD Media Awards, which take place in March.
No matter the time of year, Miami always offers LGBT travelers white sand, blue sea, and a red hot Gay Riviera scene. At the center of it all is Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, home of the city’s trendiest – and truly gay-friendly – shops, restaurants, hotels, and night clubs. No matter what your budget, the Miami LGBT Visitor Centeropens in a new window will make sure your stay is all you want it to be.
Miami’s LGBT community actively supports many worthy causes with fun, high-energy events that are well worth checking out – each with their own unique flavor and no-apologies atmosphere. Warm up at Miami’s week-long Winter Party Festivalopens in a new window, lend your support to women’s issues during Aqua Girlopens in a new window weekend, and celebrate the diversity of all mankind at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festivalopens in a new window. If people watching is your thing, Miami is your place.
It may be cold in winter, but the Minneapolisopens in a new window gay scene is hot, hot, hot all year round. Named "The Gayest City in America" by The Advocate in 2011, Minneapolis is the Midwest's coolest and most gay-friendly city with a killer culture and unique progressive charm.
Minneapolis' art and theatre scene is thriving, lead by the world-class Walker Art Centeropens in a new window and Guthrie Theateropens in a new window. World-class adventure also abounds with a wide variety of hikingopens in a new window and bikingopens in a new window trails, national parksopens in a new window and 10,000-plus lakes easily accessible from the city. For the gay traveleropens in a new window, Minneapolis offers a wonderful blend of big-city culture and rural adventure that's uniquely its own.
It’s always happening in New York — especially during the summer. From Chelsea all the way uptown, summer heralds a return to café culture, Hamptons getaways and the buzz that comes from longer days.
If you go in June, you’ll be just in time for Pride Weekopens in a new window which is always going full throttle. Celebrate with the Pride March, PrideFest fair, the ladies’ TEAZE event on the pier, and the Dance on the Pier. You can also join in more parades in Queensopens in a new window and Brooklynopens in a new window.
Take advantage of all New York has to offer — whether you’re searching for family-friendly fun, nights out on the town, or a cultural getaway like none other — the Big Apple has it all. From Broadway to downtown theatre festivals, Lincoln Center jazz to the hottest DJ parties in the Meatpacking district, you’ll never run out of things to do…only the time to do them.
As part of Delta’s commitment to the community, we’re proud to be the official airline of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, and a sponsor and “Official Airline of Heritage of Pride” in New York. We’re also the presenting sponsor of the GLAAD New York Media Awards held in May.
Why not treat yourself soon? Shop downtown, dine uptown, discover the beauty of Central Park, and the charm and diversity of this fabulous city’s inhabitants.
A hideaway for the famous, from Henri Matisse to Elton John, Nice is the crown jewel of the Cote d'Azur. Popular places to sink your toes in the sand include gay Coco Beach and the gay-friendly Castel Plage.
The breathtaking beaches of this French Riviera resort are the main attraction, but there's much more to do than gaze at the Mediterranean. Vieux Nice (Old Nice), bustles with boutiques, galleries and street cafes. A short train ride from the coast, Cannes is the home of the famous film festival in May.
Begin your vacation planning at PJP's Gay Guide to Nice, your gay travel guide to bars, restaurants and accommodations.
For a Pride Parade visit Paris in June. You'll share the limelight with over half a million spectators and participants.
Theme parks aren't the only magic in Orlando. Adventure also exists beyond the special effects of Disney World and Universal Studios. Swim, fish, or canoe at beautiful Blue Spring State Park. Shop 'til you drop in the Mall at Millennia, or wind down at one of Orlando's many golf resorts. Come and be enchanted.
- The gayorlando.comopens in a new window business directory features LGBT-owned and gay-friendly businesses.
Considered by many the most romantic city in the world, Paris remains a gay and lesbian traveler’s hotspot. Since 2001, Paris is one of the few major world cities to boast an openly gay mayor. This beautiful city offers much more than the existing iconic wonders like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur, and the Champs Elysees. There is a very happening LGBT population in Paris for both expats and visitors alike.
The heart of gay Paris is one of the cities oldest areas, called Le Marais. Here you'll find gay hotels, restaurants and bars, but the gay scene is really sprinkled throughout the city as a whole.
A friendly city for a romantic stroll past cafés and shops, or stop and relax while watching the boats glide down the Seine. Find a treasure or sample fresh food as you wander around one of the many open-air markets. Or simply lay out your towel and soak up the sun on Tata Beach. Pride events in Paris take place throughout the summer months, but year round gay Paree is a treasure trove of art, shopping, dining and more. A truly awe-inspiring city, Paris awaits.
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Sure, some come just for the cheesesteak. But there are more ways to treat yourself here in the City of Brotherly Love. Indulge your love of U.S. history at Independence Hall and Independence National Historical Park. Cruise the growing arts community with numerous galleries and festivals, and feed your hunger in Walnut Street’s restaurants.
- The gayphiladelphia.comopens in a new window Gay & Lesbian Directory gives you all the LGBT-owned and gay-friendly places in Philadelphia.
- Visit vacationsmadeeasy.comopens in a new window, an in-depth look at some of the best tours and attractions that Philadelphia has to offer.
Czech out one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. A traditional cultural center, Prague has hundreds of museums, galleries and concert halls to keep your sightseeing calendar full during the day. And with packed clubs spinning tunes and pouring drinks from dusk to dawn, every night out is a good night out.
- Prague4gayopens in a new window offers helpful travel tips, dining and accommodation advice, nightlife info, and Prague gay tours.
- Visit prague.gayguide.netopens in a new window for a comprehensive up-to-date list of the city's best gay-friendly events and businesses.
- Prague Saintsopens in a new window is Prague's leading gay-run travel company, offering hotel and travel advice, private tours, and sightseeing info.
The beach, the sea and the nightlife in Puerto Vallarta are the perfect scenario for vacations. Recognized as one of the top destinations in Mexico for the lesbian and gay community, you will find all the facilities to spend a great time and to have access to art and culture events, concerts or entertainment. Enjoy Vallarta’s Prideopens in a new window, be enchanted and come back one more time.
Rio de Janeiro easily lives up to its nickname, “Marvelous City.” As the birthplace of Carnival, gay tourists visit this lively and vibrant South American favorite the most. Brazil’s second largest city, and host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it combines the flair of a hip city with a beach town vibe.
Come for the party this fall when Rio de Janeiro hosts the 15th Rio de Janeiro Gay Pride Parade, which travels along three miles of beach. With two million people expected and a month of activities planned around it, it’s a celebration not to be missed.
You’ll love the beautiful white sands of Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, where the gay crowd hangs out. Backed by Rua Farme de Amoedo — a colorful street filled with gay-friendly restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and bookstores — the fun never stops.
Off the beach, there’s much to explore including dance clubs, art galleries, universities, theaters, and stores. A few must-see sites: the striking peak of Pao de Acucar, the tall Cristo Redentor statue overlooking the city, the Carmen Miranda museum, and the Tijuca National Forest.
In no time, you’ll feel like a “Carioca,” or local.
When it comes to combining pride with passion, no city brings it all together like São Paulo. Case in point: São Paulo’s Pride Paradeopens in a new window. With three-plus million LGBT supporters joining in the fun, it’s no wonder the Pride Parade is the largest gay pride event in the world. If you happen to visit in November, then a must-see is the Mix Brazil Movie Festivalopens in a new window, and its progressive and insightful mix of themes promoting sexual diversity. Then, of course, there’s always Carnivalopens in a new window.
Ready to take in a broad slice of Brazilian culture? Your first stop is the “Gay Village” of Frei Caneca Streetopens in a new window. Later, shop to your heart’s content in Vila Olimpiaopens in a new window; dine in Higienópolisopens in a new window; then go clubbing all night in the Jardins district. Wherever you go in São Paulo, there’s no escaping the passion for life that fuels this city all year long.
Santiagoopens in a new window is coming out of its shell. Although more conservative than Buenos Aires or Rio de Janiero, Santiago's burgeoning gay culture and easy accessibility to world-renowned vineyardsopens in a new window, breathtaking beachesopens in a new window and ski getawaysopens in a new window; has made it a new-found favorite for the LGBT traveler.
If you're in search of Santiago's gay scene, look no further than the Barrio Bellavista opens in a new windowneighborhood. Filled with eclectic shops, hip dining and hot late-night clubs like Bokharaopens in a new window, and Discotheque Bunkeropens in a new window, Bellavista is where local scenesters go to see and be seen.
A jewel of the northwest, Seattle naturally sparkles. Views abound—be it the distant peaks of Mt. Ranier, Puget Sound, Lake Washington or the lush forests. The very walkable downtown reveals a string of parks, scenic waterways and 500-foot hills.
June is Gay Pride month and the place to be is Seattle for Pride Weekopens in a new window .Check out the first Seattle Pride Family Picnic at Volunteer Park welcoming the LGBT community and families. PrideFestopens in a new window — one of the nation’s largest free pride festivals — takes place at Seattle Center. It follows the popular “Over the Rainbow” Pride Parade celebrating the passage of Referendum 71, a historic milestone that placed Washington State at the front of LGBT civil rights debates. And in Capitol Hill, Seattle’s gay cultural hub, you’ll find a dense population of bars, clubs and restaurants.
For the top view in town, go 605 feet up in the Space Needleopens in a new window, a World’s Fair landmark, for a panoramic look at the city and beyond. Unleash your inner rock star at the Experience Music Projectopens in a new window or conduct your own symphony at the Seattle Symphony Soundbridge Music Discovery Center. And be sure to taste the region’s best offerings: wild salmon, oysters, mussels, craft beers, internationally-acclaimed wines from the Puget Sound, and delicious coffee to cap it all off.
A popular LGBT spot, Sydney has something for everyone. For the nightlife lover, there are plenty of gay-friendly bars, restaurants, and clubs to choose from. If you like to pump it up, enjoy one of the many gyms or spas. Popular beaches filled with beautiful people allow for plenty of eye candy, and if you feel adventurous, you can enjoy surfing and more. Popular gay-filled beaches are all over Sydney, from Tamarama (a.k.a. Glamorama) and adjoining Bondi to more risqué venues like Obelisk Beach — all within the Sydney National Park northeast of central Sydney.
Sydney's main LGBT strip is Oxford Street, which runs through Darlinghurst and Paddington, along with neighboring Surry Hills. The areas of Newton and Leichhardt are more popular for lesbian tourists. There’s no shortage of great restaurants, cafés and shopping, everywhere you turn.
For a cool bar scene, check out some of the exciting nightlife Sydney has to offer. Sydney’s summer is considered late November through early March so plan your trip accordingly. There are many gay pride events in Sydney during their summer months.
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Canada’s largest city and home to the 2nd largest pride festival in North America welcomes LGBT travelers from around the world. While the Church Street village is the first stop for LGBT restaurants, pubs and clubs there’s so much more to see along Queen Street East (Leslieville); Queen Street West & Ossington (amazing food); and Bloor Street (great shopping). Toronto is Canada’s food, culture and music capital with festivals all summer long including Toronto Pride - a month long celebration starting in June and ending this year with the parade on July 3, 2016.opens in a new windowopens in a new window
Delta is the official airline of the 519 – Toronto’s LGBT community centre. See: http://www.the519.org/opens in a new window. Since 1975, The 519 has worked for inclusion, acceptance and awareness of LGBTQ rights in Toronto and beyond.
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A surprisingly innovative city, Zurich may be one of the most exciting gay and lesbian destinations in the central European region. Proudly calling itself "The Little Big City," Zurich is known for its world-class techno music club scene, featuring world-famous DJs.
Despite the fact that it's a gleaming modern city, Zurich still retains the air of an intimate village. A very foot-traffic friendly city, Zurich is situated on the banks of the Limmat River, and the entire city can be explored easily without a car.
Zurich is split between the east and west banks of the river. If you like local art and culture, you can wander along the cobblestone streets of the sunnier east bank, with delightful cafés, trendy art galleries, shopping, theater and more. This part of the city, called Old Town, or Altstadt, is also home to lively gay and lesbian bars. The west bank, a commercial center, houses the city's stock exchange (the world's fourth largest) and modern shopping centers.
Zurich, often called the gay capital of Switzerland, has a flourishing LGBT community and attracts gay and lesbian travelers from southern Germany, as well as the entire world.