There are lots of firsts in Boston, the first Public School, the first Public Park and the first Subway to name just a few. Boston is also proud to be the capital of the first state in the country to recognize same-sex marriages. The city boasts one of the largest LGBT populations on the East Coast with neighborhoods like the South End and Jamaica Plain being well known as LGBT communities. Yet in recent years one would be hard pressed not to find a rainbow flag proudly displayed in just about any neighborhood in the city.
We have had tourists ask about walking the yellow brick Road, sorry that is Oz, but Boston does have the Freedom Trail, a red brick or painted line that connects the 16 main sites dealing with the history of Boston leading up to the American Revolution. History, Art and Culture there is something for everyone.
The New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall is home to The Boston Gay Men's Chorus. The resident companies at the Boston Center for the Arts offer groundbreaking and often world premier performances The yearly LGBT Film Festival hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts is also a must see and be seen social event.
Visit the Event Calendar for more LGBT events year round and great LGBT friendly hotel deals.
Also see what LGBT happenings are going on in the Commonwealth at large at www.lgbtmassvacation.com.
Boston also hosts one of the oldest Gay Pride Parades in the nation every June with a week long Festival that is ranked as one of the top 5 in the nation by AFAR. The festivities kick off with the raising of the pride flag on City Hall Plaza. With block parties, harbor cruises, dances and more the celebration grows larger with each passing year. See this year's events at Boston Pride Since 1986 the From all Walks of Life now AIDS Walk Boston continues to be one of June's major LGBT events.
The Gay Travel Information Blog visited Boston in the spring of 2013 - Here's a clip from their blog:
GAY & LESBIAN FACTOR: What's not to love about a city whose mayor bans Chick-Fil-A? This is Boston, MA! The first state to legalize gay & lesbian marriage! Home to some of the best gay nightclubs in the East, including Club Cafe which is less than 1 mile from The Colonnade Hotel. The Colonnade Hotel was more than eager to be featured on Gay Travel Information and treated my partner and I exceptionally well. People tend to ask me if "our" needs are different than everyone else's. My response is....Yes.Try walking into a hotel in the middle of Nebraska with your partner asking for a king size bed and notice the look you get. You simply don't experience that here. There are so many properties out there that trulymarket themselves to the LGBT community And welcome you with open arms.Aren't those the places you want to support?
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.
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 Jet Blue or Amtrak!