While residents enjoy a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, Lexington is also a must-visit destination for queer travelers. Inclusive hotels can be found in the “Fruit Loop”—a walkable area of LGBTQ+ bars, venues, and clubs. A huge, historic bar The Bar Complex hosts professional drag shows, then head for a quiet breakfast at the queer-owned Lussi Brown Coffee Bar, a coffee shop and cocktail bar—best of both worlds! A self-guided 1-mile walking tour called “Lexington’s Pride of Place LGBTQ History” brings you through more than a dozen sites associated with the struggle for equality, including rainbow crosswalks and a three-story-tall mural to local trans icon, Sweet Evening Breeze. In June, the Lexington Pride Festival draws over 50,000 people to the city, this year taking place on June 24.
Small towns are all about your neighbors, and when big hearts are open on Main Street, everyone benefits. We’re happy to share this listing of the best small towns for LGBTQ+ folks in the U.S. because we know home is where we can be ourselves. In these small-scale burgs, gay-owned businesses abound—or maybe there’s just one, and that’s okay. Besides annual Pride celebrations, there are events around the rainbow community like drag shows, book clubs, and history tours. And if you’re not lucky enough to live in one of these towns, gay travelers are welcomed with gay-friendly accommodations. Time to book a visit!