The Unlikely Great Gay Getaways
Bangkok, Thailand could be the most dangerous place to be gay and out. There are no laws to protect gays here. Gays, however, are very much out, and they find that no one needs gay protection laws anyway. Here the Buddhist Thai people are so friendly that they are always tolerant to each other. Being gay simply is not something you consider when you make friendships.
Houston, Texas has quite a distinction. This is the biggest US city ever to elect an openly gay mayor. “This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better, and that’s what my administration will be about,” Mayor Parker said.
In Boston, MA gays are woven tightly into the community fabric. Many gay men and woman come out to the Boston Speedo Run in December to get donations for their favorite gay charities. The Speedo Run also supports other individual causes which though the runners distinguish themselves from recognized local charities.
Many of the participants are from The Sevens Bar on Charles Street which is also a good spot to find your own buffed out escort for the race and later engagements. There is a minimum donation of $250, and you are expected to donate for your escort. A red Speedo-type bathing suit and running shoes are required. If you like, you can add a Santa hat and white beard. This year’s charities received more than a half million dollars for their upcoming year’s budget.
Amsterdam is known for gay tolerance worldwide. This is because the Dutch people have a long history of tolerance of every kind. It dates back hundreds of years and includes making havens for such discriminated groups as the German Jewish refugees. It is no wonder the Netherlands became the first nation to grant same-sex marriages and rights for gays to adopt children.
According to a recent survey, the best fifteen US cities have these criteria: Same-sex couples households per capita, Statewide marriage equality, Gay elected officials, Gay dating and hook-up profiles per single male population, Gay bars per capita, and Cruising spots per capita.
- Atlanta, Georgia 8. Portland, Maine
- Burlington, Vermont 9. Austin, Texas
- Iowa City, Iowa 10.Seattle Washington
- Bloomington, Indiana 11.Gainsville, Florida
- Madison, Wisconsin 12.Asheville, North Carolina
- New Orleans, Louisiana 13.Springfield, Massachusetts
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida 14. San Francisco, California
- San Diego, California 15. Albuquerque, New Mexico
The UK’s best gay cities Outside of London, include Brighton, the ‘Soho’ by the Sea; Cardiff, the single highest gay visitor destination; Edinburgh and Glasgow for the best gay ‘scenes’; Liverpool is ranked as having the fastest growing gay community; Manchester is often cited for its wry eye for humour and has a bustling gay nightlife scene famous for Canal street along side a river with the largest number of gay bars of any city outside of London; and Newcastle Gateshead is considered the most stylish gay scene.
The Best gay bar in the world, according to the Tripout Gay Travel Awards is The Abby in West Hollywood, although the awards don’t seem to have been run since 2010. This gay district zone bar of the Los Angeles’s pink triangle (Hollywood – Santa Monica – Marina del Rey) offers the widest selection of gay events plus lots of music and dancing for a reasonable evening tab. There are great pick-ups and lots of action just to sit back and enjoy.
The most intolerant gay city is Vatican City, the Holy See. It is the official home of the Pope and the center of the Roman Catholic world. Although the membership seems to be softening in their attitude toward gays and lesbians, the proper Catholic policy is extremely intolerant, and Vatican City epitomizes this straight-laced philosophy.