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

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Boston's LGBTQ Past Walking Tour Jun 14

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…

dbar After Dark Jun 14
  • 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…

Double Feature Screening from FPAC X Wicked Queer Jun 14
  • FPAC Art Space

Join us at FPAC for an unforgettable cinematic journey celebrating Pride Month in collaboration with Wicked Queer. Don't miss this captivating showcase of queer cinema and history. Come together with friends, allies, and fellow cinephiles to celebrate love, resilience, and the…

Pride Month at Hammond Castle Jun 14
  • Hammond Castle Museum
  • Recurring daily

John Hays Hammond Jr. died 5 years before Pride Month was first celebrated in 1970. While it is impossible to know how our Museum’s founder would have specifically identified in the modern landscape of diverse Queer identities—ongoing research efforts at the Museum supports a…

Drag Brunch at Summer Shack Jun 15
  • 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 Jun 15

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…

Rainbow Riot: A Pride Comedy Show Jun 15
  • Deep Thoughts, Jamaica Plain

What's a better way to ring in Pride Month than laughing? Produced by and featuring Bostonian LGBTQ+ comedians, LeCuyer Comedy is proud to share Rainbow Riot. Located in the coolest venue (a psychadelic, cozy record store in Jamaica Plain), we're so excited to share joy and…

New Queer Cinema at Coolidge Corner Theatre Jun 18
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

In 1992, critic B. Ruby Rich coined the term "new queer cinema," describing the emerging movement in independent filmmaking centered on LGBTQ+ themes without the restraint of earlier queer films. The genre explored queer identities through avant-garde form, depicting rawer…

Dylan Adler Jun 22

Dylan Adler is a comedian, actor, writer, and musician based in NYC and LA. He was recently a writer on the Late Late Show with James Corden where he also performed Stand Up and was a Sports Correspondent. He recently performed stand up on Comedy Central and was named a Comic You…

Pride Trivia Cabaret Brunch Jun 22
  • Club Cafe, Boston

MassOpera and Opera On Tap are thrilled to present the first Pride Trivia Cabaret Brunch since 2019! In celebration of Pride Month, we are partnering with Club Café to combine the forces of their delicious Sunday brunch and our boozey Trivia Cabaret for a Pride event unlike any…

Billy Gillman Jun 28

Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top…

Lavanda Camp Fest Jun 28
  • Boston Common

Join us in celebrating all things Camp! Lavanda Camp Fest is a Boston based LGBT+ Music and Arts Festival that highlights queer artists and sellers. The festival features live performances, multiple vendors, fun activities, including free themed coloring pages and materials…

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 !!!!

Hannah Gadsby WOOF! Sep 19

Hannah Gadsby returns to the Colonial with WOOF! on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm for one day only! Hannah has a lot to worry about. Then again, so do we all. In a world full of genuine worries, which anxiety gets to sit in the front seat? Nearly six years after Nanette propelled…

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. 

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