THE BEST GAYCITY OF 2011 [VOTE NOW!]
New York City: If New York is the city that never sleeps, then gay dwellers are its constant night owls. Ever since the Stonewall riots, the Big Apple has become an inextricable part of gay culture. And with the recent gay marriage win, New York has opened another chapter in the queer history books.
Madrid: Not only did Madrileños lead a victorious campaign to overturn a Spanish ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, but they also transformed Chueca, a former sex and drug trade neighborhood, into a glittery smorgasbord of gay life with bear bars, drag shows, and late-night discos.
Sao Paulo: It would be unfair to say that Sao Paulo has an emerging gay scene. Frankly, it’s fully erect. The city’s pride parade is one of the biggest in the world, drawing a crowd of over 3 million. Even during off-season the GLS scene (Brazilian slang for Gay, Lesbian & Sympathizers) is pumping.
New Orleans: Much like the city’s party scene, New Orleans is gay-friendly nonstop with an gay(er) version of Mardi Gras: Southern Decadence. So bring out that open container and cheers to the city for making one hell of a Post-Katrina comeback.
London: With centuries-old architecture, the world’s best live theatre, and an all-around exorbitant cost of living, London was made for gay royalty. From the chic shops on Compton Street to the nocturnal dance dens in Vauxhall, the gay scene is as diverse as the city of 300 languages.
Tel Aviv: Welcome to Israel’s modern life. The gay capitol of the Middle East is as exotic as it is welcoming. Tel Aviv mixes European nightlife, Asian culture, and Mediterranean c’est la vie attitude. Each month, the city embraces a different celebration with June being gay pride – a parade leading to a giant beach party.
Mexico City: Although Mexico is deeply conservative, reined in by the Catholic Church, the capitol continues to shine as the crown jewel of gay equality. In 2010 the city’s municipal legislative assembly allowed for same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court upheld gay adoptions.
Toronto: How many gay villages does one city need? In Toronto’s case, the more the merrier. The historical gay merchant Alexander Wood would be proud of the queer home his city has become. No surprise this Canadian metropolis will be the first North American host of WorldPride in 2014.