Austin, Texas: It's Not Just Weird, It's Queer
By, Angelina Lacrosse
According to a survey by HomeToGo, Austin, Texas has made the cut as one of the top 50 LGBTQ destinations globally for celebrating Pride this year. The Advocate recently dubbed Austin as one of the “Gayest Cities in America.” Moreover, Travel and Leisure recently recognized Austin as one of “America’s Best Cities for Gay Travel.” The picturesque city hosts a selection of gay bars, nightclubs, LGBT sports and recreation groups. There is even a clothing optional gay beach on Lake Travis, Texas’s only legal nude beach.
Edgar Gierbolini, president of Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, said, “Austin’s longtime status as a LGBT-friendly place is one of the many reasons why Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.”
HomeToGo, the largest search engine for vacation rentals, examined searches and occupancy rates on their website during Pride every year. They also analyzed destinations on the number of LGBTQ events, nightlife, LGBTQ-friendly locals, affordable LGBTQ-friendly accommodation, and Pride festivals. They compiled a list using the data to create the top must-see Pride destinations.
Joanna Booth, head of inbound marketing at HomeToGo, had this to say about the destination list: “We wanted to explore these trending Pride destinations, and were thrilled to see such an impressive [year over year] growth in searches for them. We are excited to present this guide of trending Pride destinations, as it reflects our mission to help people find and book the best travel accommodation in every location.”
Washington D.C. tops this years HomeToGo list, followed by Sydney and Miami. 24 countries have at least one trending city and there is at least one trending Pride destination on every inhabited continent. 24 of the cities are located in North America and 17 cities reside in Europe.