The ultimate LGBTIQ+ travel guide to New York City

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For many years, queer people have flocked to New York City in search of acceptance and an environment they could thrive in.

The modern LGBTIQ+ rights movement was born here, and NYC continues to be a safe haven for people from all walks of life.

In the musical Rent, Angel famously starts off the song “Santa Fe” by saying, “New York City… center of the universe,” while riding in a dirty subway car. That singular moment seems to capture NYC so well. It’s gritty, dirty and wild…while also being one of the most powerful cities in the world, holding a staggering array of influence in the worlds of commerce, fashion, theater and food. 

It’s been home to many of the most important queer figures in LGBTIQ+ history, from activist Marsha P. Johnson to author Larry Kramer. The city has also served as the launching point for many of the world’s most famous drag stars, like Lady Bunny and Bob the Drag Queen. Simply put, New York has been at the center of queer culture for over half a century. 

Nowadays, LGBTIQ+ locals and visitors can experience the excitement of this rich history by enjoying a wealth of queer spaces, art installations, performances, and more. Here’s what you need to know about being LGBTIQ+ in NYC.

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