LGBTQ Boston

As the capital city of the first state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage, Boston stands proud, accessible and welcoming.


The city boasts one of the largest LGBT populations on the East Coast with neighborhoods such as the South End and Jamaica Plain offering a good variety of neighborhood pubs, dance bars and inviting lounges drawing a mixed gay/straight crowd. The city also touts a number of mainstream clubs that host weekly or monthly gay nights. In recent years one would be hard pressed not to find a rainbow flag proudly hanging from homes and business in just about any neighborhood in the city.

Boston hosts notable annual events and festivals such as Boston Pride Week every June celebrated across the city and the yearly LGBT Film Festival, a must see and be seen event held in late March/early April.

LGBTQ Events

dbar After Dark Apr 16
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

The draw of dbar doesn't end at dinner. When the lights go down, the evening has just begun... Once the plates are cleared, the lights are dimmed, and the music goes up a few octaves, dbar After Dark is officially underway. Our gastropub turned nightclub is a party every night of…

Boston's LGBTQ Past walking tour Apr 20

A gay and lesbian culture flourished in Boston, in private homes, the theatre, coffee houses, the baths, and of course, bars. We will follow the footsteps of gay and lesbian friends from the 1840s to the 1980s, from Thoreau's walks along the Common and Charlotte Cushman's…

Drag Brunch at Summer Shack Apr 20
  • Back Bay
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday

Experience the ultimate weekend entertainment at Summer Shack's themed Drag Brunches! Summer Shack is proud to host many fabulous drag queens as they take on a new theme each weekend. Some of the upcoming drag brunch themes listed are the Barbie Drag Brunch, Beyonce Renaissance…

Dragtacular Trolley Tour of Boston Apr 20

You and your group will meet at the Asylum CoLab in the conveniently-located Faneuil Hall for a quick cocktail and to freshen up into some quick drag before you’re whisked away through the city of Boston for a 90-minute tour you’ll never forget. The Queens will point out tales of…

Boston Gay Men's Chorus: Friends of Dorothy Jun 01
  • New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Join us on a journey filled with laughter, love, and the unmistakable flair of the iconic Boston Gay Men's Chorus. “Friends of Dorothy” is a captivating and enchanting show that takes the audience on a journey through a whimsical wonderland of delightful surprises. Get ready to…

Boston Dyke March Jun 07
  • Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

The Boston Dyke March believes in anti-capitalist, intersectional gender liberation and welcomes all who feel the same. The March is a grassroots Pride event that is Mask Required, ASL interpreted, wheelchair, stroller, and scooter accessible. An accessibility vehicle is…

Boston Pride Parade Jun 08
  • Boston Common

PRIDE IS BACK!📢🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ Boston Pride For The People is excited to announce the return of a Pride Month celebration in Boston on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. The celebration will include a parade, a festival, and more as this new organization creates a unified city Pride…

Road of Rainbows 5K Jun 08
  • Boston Common Bandstand

2024 will mark the 4th annual running of Boston Theater Company's Road of Rainbows - the first athletic event of its kind in Massachusetts, where gender has no bounds. At RoR, you can be YOU and run for YOU, with love, support, and a team cheering you on! The event will take…

Boston Black Pride Celebrations Jul 04
  • Various Locations
  • Recurring daily

Boston urban pride weekend celebrates being black and our queerness. During urban pride weekend we curate events and spaces that are for us while providing resources to our community that are not readily accessible. WE PARTY WITH A PURPOSE !!!!

Please see our full Calendar of Events

We’ve had tourists ask about walking the Yellow Brick Road - we’re sorry to disappoint them by pointing out that they may actually mean the Freedom Trail with its painted red brick line that connects the 16 main sites dealing with the history of Boston and the American Revolution. You may also want to walk the Equality Trail - a self-guided walking tour that follows the route of Boston's first Gay Pride March in 1971 and offers information about issues and individuals related to this route.

So come be a part in our continuing history. Oh and at the end of the Freedom Trail, no need to click your heels three times to get home - we recommend the MBTA.

…Let's not forget Cape Cod is just down the coast a bit. Provincetown has long been a prominent LGBTQ tourist destination. Ferries from Boston (no cars) offer a quick and relaxing way to make the trip or by car it is just a little under three hours.