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Pride 2018: The Best LGBTQ-Friendly Places You Must Visit This Year

Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jun 13, 2018 09:48 PM EDT

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For travelers carrying the rainbow-colored flag, picking places that are LGBTQ-friendly is essential. We've rounded up thriving cities for you to visit.

Since the number of open-minded people is on the rise, cities that highly accept the gay community are increasing.

Low level of hate crime, a promising gay dating scene, promising LGBTQ movements, and national laws that accept members of the LGBTQ community are all essential factors in what makes a place good for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

Get yourself ready for the LGBTQ festivals that are coming this Pride month.

Miami, Florida

With hundreds of gay bars and an LGBT Visitor Center that will help you get acquainted with the place, Miami ranks high on the list.

If the rainbow flags at the lifeguard stations on the 12th street beach do not make you feel welcome, then the warmth of its people absolutely would. Although Pride is usually done during springtime, Miami still has lots of things in store for you whether you're gay, lesbian, trans, or bisexual including numerous events held at South Beach.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Pride Parade takes place every June in the bustling city of Tel Aviv. Packed with a large LGBTQ community, the whole city bursts into color as thousands of people march and party on its streets all the way to the beach. With the palpable energy manifested by the art, music and the people, everyone will surely feel welcome here.

Not only that, Tel Aviv also boasts some of the best cuisines so rest assured people will party their way on its streets with full stomachs.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

You can expect a city that is infamous for sex, parties, and drugs to be open-minded. Amsterdam is definitely one of the best cities in the world for LGBTQ travelers. People can attend their gay canal pride where people from all walks of live gather in a grand celebration complete with boats on the Amstel and along the city's scenic canals, such as the Prinsengracht.

The Netherlands, one of the best places to visit during spring, is also home to Milkshake, a gay festival with no dress code where people can enjoy to their heart's content. When looking for a gay bar, just spot a rainbow flag in the city's Red Light District. You can opt to visit Café t'Mandje, a gay café which has been around since 1927.

New Zealand

The Land of the Long White Cloud is not only famous for its desktop-worthy landscape. It is also known for its acceptance towards the LGBTQ community.

In an effort to be recognized globally, the country coined "gay/ lesbian-friendly" when talking about businesses and accommodation during 1998 making them the first country to do so.

In 2013, New Zealand has also passed the same-sex marriage and continues to have thriving discussions on human rights.

Paris, France

Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, the city of lights still shines as one of the best destinations for LGBTQ travelers. If you fancy visiting the country's gay neighborhood, you can find it near the Hotel de Ville metro in Le Marais which is also home to one of the brightest gay nightlife in the world.

If you want a more in-depth experience of Paris, you can join The Gay Locals for LGBTQ-themed tours.

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