5.) Baltimore, Maryland
The metro area of Baltimore wins the top spot in equality in health care. The Human Rights Campaign, which figures out how fair and broad the facility practices are, recognized 3.3 hospitals as meeting the standard for every 10,000 LGBT citizens. Baltimore is the home of the LGBT Community Center of Baltimore & Central Maryland, which has backed the LGBT community in the state for 35 years. Also, there is the Baltimore Pride parade, block party, high-heel race, and festival that holds a good 30,000 people every year. Another annual event that happens every year is the city hosts the B’more Q-Fest film festival to promote and kick off Pride month.
4.) Providence, Rhode Island
In the Providence metro area, 4.4% of the citizens identify as LGBT. The area is home to Pride RI, Youth Pride Inc., ACLU of Rhode Island and several other civil rights organizations that work to promote visibility and equal rights for the local LGBT community. Every June, Providence hosts the RI PrideFest, which features the Illuminated Night Parade. The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau even has its own “Glambassador,” Haley Star, who is a famous YouTube drag queen.
3.) Austin, Texas
Despite the fact that its location, unfortunately, sits in a state that actually bans same-sex marriage, Austin made to the list of standouts. 5.3% of Austin’s metro population identifies as LGBT. The city holds several LGBT groups for anyone and everyone, from teens to members of the police department to old retired folk. Every year, the city presents its own Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival followed by a week of events and activities getting pumped for Austin Pride. Since Austin is such an active and fun city, it’s no surprise at all that there are so many LGBT sports and recreation leagues. The Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce promotes and presents all of Central Texas’ LGBT businesses and organizations.
2.) Portland, Oregon
Along with all of its many famous gay bars and all of its priceless dance parties, the city is known to contain one of the country’s longest running drag clubs: Darcelle XV and Company. Portland Pride Festival is held at the city’s Waterfront Park which happens every June. It has a parade of over 150 people and floats. The city contains many fun activities such and facilities such as The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus; Q Center a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes diversity; and Equity Foundation, which grants funds to programs that promote equality for the LGBT community. Every year, the city hosts the famous Portland Queer Film Festival and Peacock in the Park, an LGBT variety show.
1.) San Francisco, California
This metro area is at the number one on the list when it comes to the percentage of residents who identify as LGBT: 6.2%. The Castro District has long been the hot spot of San Francisco’s amazing LGBT culture and it was also was also one of the first gay areas in the country. It has LGBT-owned businesses, the historic Castro Theatre, the LGBT History Museum, the Pink Triangle Park, the LGBT Walk of Fame, Harvey Milk Plaza and Twin Peaks Tavern, the legendary gay bar. The city hosts several LGBT events throughout the year, including the Castro Street Fair, the Pink Saturday street party, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and the Dyke March.
Check out the video below if you would like to see San Francisco’s Pride Parade!