Pride, Around the World!
June of every year, people around the world come together to celebrate Gay Pride and the LGBTQ culture. It’s a time to commemorate the history and acknowledge the achievements of the resilient community of people who continue to fight for LGBTQ rights in different parts of the world. Pride is celebrated differently in countries worldwide, and queer culture differs from country to country. A country’s acceptance differs with religion, culture, and history. We highlight the local queer scenes of some of the countries that celebrate Gay Pride, giving you insider tips on how to have the best experience. This is a worldwide local’s guide to the best Pride festivals.
The birthplace of the iconic LGBTQ rainbow flag (also known as the Gay Pride flag), it’s no wonder Gay Pride San Francisco attracts one of the largest gatherings in the world. The city prides itself on its reputation as one of the most LGBTQ friendly cities, and for a good reason.
The weekend-long event takes place at the end of June, but you can find events throughout all of Gay Pride month. Party alongside the LGBTQ locals during the day, enjoy happy hour or visit one of the many film festivals all around the city. This will certainly make every moment you spend in San Francisco an unforgettable part of your Pride experience.
New York City has a special connection to Pride events all over the world. This is because the modern gay rights movement took off in the Big Apple when police raided the Stonewall Inn gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village in June of 1969. This set in motion riots and demonstrations in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Stay at a hotel downtown, near the main Pride march route, for easy access to the wardrobe changes and freshening up throughout the whole of Gay Pride Day. Also, be sure to carry enough cash as many vendors along the route will only accept it. Plus, you might want to tip some cute boys on the parade or your favorite drag queen who you spot on a float. Gay Pride NYC is a vibrant, ecstatic affair with roots in momentous LGBTQ history.
Tel Aviv Pride is the biggest celebration of the LGBTQ community in the Middle East. Beyond that, it’s arguably Tel Aviv’s best party of the year, regardless of sexual orientation. Tel Aviv is something of a safe haven for LGBTQ locals and travelers in the region, and the city takes much Pride in this fact.
Men in Tel Aviv tend to take Pride not only in their equal rights but also in their fit rock-hard bodies. Israel is pretty hot in June so don’t expect to see many men wearing T-shirts--not even Gay Pride shirts! Since there is a significant LGBT community, there are many gay-friendly properties in Tel Aviv. Iconic gay properties like the Brown TLV Urban Hotel is an excellent option if you can afford it. Visit their outdoor bar and a rooftop terrace to hang with a fashionable crowd while sipping top-notch cocktails.
Known to be one of the longest-running pride events, Pride London is also the birthplace of EuroPride. The celebration spreads across weeks and peaks with the Gay Pride parade. Unlike other Pride festivals around the world, you do not need to get tickets. Everything is open to the public, including the main stage where you can watch all the performances.
Experience Pride, Wherever You Land
If you plan to attend any Pride event, getting there by train is definitely the best option as most streets are closed and there is hardly any parking. No matter where you wish to celebrate Pride, exploring the queer culture as a worldwide local will guarantee you have an experience you will never forget.