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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.

LGBT Events

dbar After Dark

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...

Chandler Street Oktoberfest

Save the date! Boston's best block party returns this fall! Join us for the Chandler Street Block Party on October 7 from 1-6 PM. DJs, booze, food, and good vibes guaranteed! #LGBTQ+ #BostonPride #BlockParty #Oktoberfest This 21+ LGBTQ+ block party, organized by Boston Proud,...

Drag Brunch at Summer Shack

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...

Inverse Cowgirl

Alicia Roth Weigel, renowned activist on the forefront of fighting for intersex representation and rights, celebrates the release of Inverse Cowgirl, her funny, thought-provoking collection of essays about owning your identity and living your truth. She is joined in conversation...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join the original 'Magenta' — PATRICIA QUINN — for a screening of the original unedited movie with a live shadow cast, audience participation, a costume contest, and more! Get exclusive tickets to the V.I.P. Meet & Greet to meet Patricia Quinn herself, have a personal photo...

Gay Community News at 50: Defining GCN

In 1973, a small group of gay men and lesbians founded "Gay Community News," a local Boston newsletter to report on LGBTQ+ events. That community-driven newsletter grew into a major newspaper with an international readership. Join us to explore the arc of GCN's history and its...

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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 LGBT 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.