Travel is known to inspire amazing friendships and a heartfelt appreciation of different people and cultures. Experiencing a destination with a strong gay community is one of the best ways to keep life in perspective and help us to realize fear and ignorance will never triumph over love. Here are ten of our favorite places that are sure to provide the joy and inspiration we all need right now to live life to the fullest, and to help make the world a better place for everyone.
The Brits feel our pain (see: Brexit), and if there’s anyone who can truly relate to our recent experience it’s our jolly neighbors across the pond. London has proven to be a bastion of virtue and strength, where gay locals have made great strides to keep their community together in the worst of times. Tens of thousands of travelers continue to flock to London every month to experience one of the gay-friendliest cities in the UK. Stay at Ace Hotel (www.acehotel.com/london), a hip stomping ground for gay travelers in the burgeoning Shoreditch neighborhood, where drag queens often take center stage for gay-themed events. Lucky for you, Daddy Issues (www.daddyissueslondon.com) has been taking over the globe with gay nightlife and apparel, and many gay movers and shakers have been showing their support for this movement by wearing DI T-shirts on Instagram. Everyone has gone equally wild for Sexy Fish (www.sexyfish.com), a contemporary, art-filled restaurant with elevated and innovative seafood. Cruise cute boys (and engaging art) at Tate Modern (www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern). Sir Elton John’s The Radical Eye is now on exhibition, showcasing his modernist photography.