LGBT Boston

As the capital city of the first state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage, Boston stands proud, accessible and welcoming.

The city boasts one of the largest LGBT populations on the East Coast with neighborhoods such as the South End and Jamaica Plain offering a good variety of neighborhood pubs, dance bars and inviting lounges drawing a mixed gay/straight crowd. The city also touts a number of mainstream clubs that host weekly or monthly gay nights. In recent years one would be hard pressed not to find a rainbow flag proudly hanging from homes and business in just about any neighborhood in the city.

Boston hosts notable annual events and festivals such as Boston Pride Week every June celebrated across the city and the yearly LGBT Film Festival, a must see and be seen event held in late March/early April.

We’ve had tourists ask about walking the Yellow Brick Road - we’re sorry to disappoint them by pointing out that they may actually mean the Freedom Trail with its painted red brick line that connects the 16 main sites dealing with the history of Boston and the American Revolution. You may also want to walk the Equality Trail - a self-guided walking tour that follows the route of Boston's first Gay Pride March in 1971 and offers information about issues and individuals related to this route.

So come be a part in our continuing history. Oh and at the end of the Freedom Trail, no need to click your heels three times to get home - we recommend the MBTA.

…Let's not forget Cape Cod is just down the coast a bit. Provincetown has long been a prominent LGBT tourist destination. Ferries from Boston (no cars) offer a quick and relaxing way to make the trip or by car it is just a little under three hours. 

LGBT Events

#YAASSS! Thursday
Nov 22 - Dec 27
#YAASSS! Thursdays at Club Cafe with hosts Penny Tentiary, Yune Neptune, and Neon...
Dance Through the Decades
Nov 24
Back by popular demand! #dbarafterdark will celebrate the decades of music that...
La Boum Queer Dance Party
Dec 1, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019
Did you love the Electric Slide as a kid? Are you always the one teaching Aunt...
Brass & Bows & Boys
Dec 9 - 16
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 10-piece brass orchestra. Bows and gay...
If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It Open Mic Movement
Dec 13, 2018 - Mar 14, 2019
The ‘Feel it, Speak it’ Open Mic prides itself on being the ONLY monthly open mic...
Brass & Bows & Boys
Dec 14 - 15
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 8-piece orchestra. Bows and gay apparel....
Bear Tea
Dec 16, 2018 - Feb 17, 2019
Club Café welcomes the Bear and Otter community on the 3rd Sunday every month with...
Cabaret 2019
Feb 22 - 24, 2019
Some of BGMC’s finest perform. Fun, festive and always a little risque — join us for...
Raise You Up
Mar 16 - 17, 2019
Todrick Hall (American Idol, RuPaul’s Drag Race, star of Broadway and YouTube) joins...
God Save the Queens
May 31 - Jun 2, 2019
The British are coming! 200 BGMC members of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus sing 50...

Please see our full Calendar of Events