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Out Traveler Announces its Winner for “Incomparable Gay Neighborhood”

Posted on: January 9, 2014

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Boystown, Chicago took the top honor for the Incomparable Gay Neighborhood from Out Traveler.
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Out Traveler, the “Standard of Gay Travel,” has just released its winner for “Incomparable Gay Neighborhood,” a search for the best gay-friendly neighborhood in the world. Voters chose their favorite neighborhoods from a list of nominations compiled by Out Traveler, and the winner is none other than Boystown in Chicago, a ‘hood that beat out others in Barcelona, Los Angeles, and even the famously LGBT-friendly Mission District in San Francisco, which was named the runner-up.

What makes Boystown so gay-friendly? The neighborhood, centered on Halstead Street, was the nation’s first officially recognized gay village in the United States, and is home to Market Days, an unrivaled, prideful summer block party, as well as major Pride events, according to Out Traveler. Says Out Traveler, “The neighborhood has everything you could want: bars, clubs, restaurants, architecture, walkability, its own El stop, and now marriage equality (Illinois legalized same-sex unions in 2013),” and is friendlier in general towards LGBTs than other “gayborhoods.”

In addition to notable Boystown Pride events, the neighborhood will soon play host to an LGBT-inclusive comedy festival, as well as becoming home to an in-the-works gay-themed hotel. It’s really great that such an unsung gay-friendly neighborhood took the win for “Incomparable Gay Neighborhood”; global safe spaces for LGBTs aren’t exclusive to San Francisco and Madrid, despite these areas having a history of being treated like the token cities for inclusiveness. According to The Huffington Post, other gay-friendly zip codes in the United States include the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood in Detroit, Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, the Oak Lawn neighborhood in Dallas, and Provincetown, Massachusetts. What other gay-friendly neighborhoods have you visited?

For more information about Pride events, travel safety and tips, travel destinations, and LGBT-friendly hotels and resorts, use Out Traveler as a resource!


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