The Gayest Destinations in the World

by  Justin Ocean | May 13, 2011
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This just in: Despite all evidence to the contrary, your local gay bar at 1:37am on a Saturday night ain't the gayest place on earth. Sure, maybe for a second, in a Schrödinger's cat kinda way, it exists in an alternating state of supreme gayness and supreme homogyny when you soft focus your eyes and mind (vodka helps), but when the spotlight's on, the 24/7 crown of absolute homodom goes to (drum roll, please): New York City. And Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, and California – at least as far as tourism desires and hotspots are concerned.

What, were you expecting Minneapolis?

Don't just take our word for it: For the past ten years, global marketing agency Out Now ( has been tracking LGBT trends in the largest study of its kind, polling almost 40,000 respondents in 10 languages across six continents and 18 countries in 2010 alone, including for the first time Latin America's exploding scene. In 2011, it plans to utilize social media networks, employee resource groups, and local community organizations to bump their reach to 25 countries. A boon, given that studies on "gay capitals" of the world usually rely on heavy sampling from our own soil.

So where are you planning to go next? Do you agree with the ranking? Leave a comment below, and you'll be entered to win a free guidebook.

More detailed select results of the Out Now Global LGBT2020 Study after the jump. Full report available at

Global Top 20 LGBT Holiday City Destinations

1. New York
2. Sydney
3. Rio de Janeiro

4. Paris

5. San Francisco

6. London

7. Buenos Aires

8. Tokyo

9. Hong Kong

10. Melbourne

11. LA/West Hollywood

12. Amsterdam

13. São Paolo
14. Barcelona
15. Las Vegas
16. Cancun
17. Mexico City
18. Cape Town
19. Rome
20. Berlin

Which of the following places would you be interested in visiting for a holiday in the next three years?

1. USA
2. France
3. Spain
4. England
5. Italy
6. Germany
7. Australia
8. Canada
9. Argentina
10. Brazil

Cities in Europe/UK

1. Paris
2. London
3. Amsterdam
4. Barcelona
5. Rome
6. Berlin
7. Madrid
8. Venice
9. Prague
10. Vienna

Cities in North America

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. LA/West Hollywood
4. Las Vegas
5. Miami
6. Chicago
7. Vancouver
8. Toronto
9. Washington, DC
10. Boston

Cities in Africa / Latin America / Caribbean

1. Rio de Janeiro
2. Buenos Aires
3. Sao Paolo
4. Cancun
5. Mexico City
6. Cape Town
7. Marrakech
8. Cuzco
9. Bogota
10. Punte del Este

Cities in Australia / NZ / Middle East / Asia

1. Sydney
2. Tokyo
3. Hong Kong
4. Melbourne
5. Auckland
6. Bangkok
7. Singapore
8. Beijing
9. Gold Coast
10. Tel Aviv

Regions/ provinces/ states/ lifestyle

1. California
2. NY State
3. Hawaii
4. Caribbean
5. Florida
6. Quebec
7. Canary Islands
8. Adventure Holidays
9. Ontario
10. Eco Tourism

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