LGBTQ+ TRAVEL

Traveling with Pride

Eric Hsu / NYC & Company

It was the early hours of June 28, 1969, when a police raid on a New York gay bar changed LGBTQ+ history in America forever. The resistance by the patrons of Stonewall Inn birthed the modern gay rights movement. For the 50th anniversary, WorldPride is celebrated in New York (June 28-30) with the pride march, events and parties.

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As one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, Norway has a proud history of acceptance. Ranked 3rd on the Rainbow Index, the country is home to many cultural events -- especially in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Keep an eye out for Skeive ski, a LGBTQ+ skiing festival at one of Norway's best ski resorts.

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Pride celebrations dot the summer calendar of warm days and long nights in Finland, ranked 4th on the Rainbow Index. The capital of Helsinki boasts the country's most active LGBTQ+ scene with nightclubs, cafes and saunas. Don't forget to send postcards home with gay erotic stamps or buy bedding from Findlayson's Tom of Finland.

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South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Cape Town, dubbed the "LGBTQ+ capital of Africa", is a fave, with iconic attractions, nightlife and a thriving LGBTQ+ scene. From there, venture off to the winelands, beaches or a "Big 5" safari as you explore the rainbow nation.

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