World's Best Destinations for LGBTQ Pride Celebrations

World's Best Destinations for LGBTQ Pride Celebrations Photograph by James Estrin, The New York Times/Redux

Just a few decades ago, the mere idea of a large group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people coming together in affirmation of sexual diversity would have been thought impossible in many places around the world. Yet now there are hundreds of LGBT Pride events that have touched every continent.

These celebrations vary in size and scope but share a universal mission of promoting LGBT equality and human rights. They have also become major tourism initiatives. Community Marketing, a San Francisco-based research firm specializing in the community, has consistently found that many LGBT travelers plan their vacations to coincide with attending Pride events.

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