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March 31, 2010 11:28 ET

Cheapflights UK Outs Top Gay-Friendly Destinations

The UK's Leading Website for Travel Search and Comparison Issues Nine Cheers in Honour of Civil Partnerships' Nine Years; Highlights Where Not to Go

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) - Since the Netherlands legalised civil partnership in 2001, cities and countries around the world have followed suit, helped by endorsements from same sex celeb couples. Cheapflights UK marks the occasion by unveiling the top five gay friendly destinations. 

"We celebrate multiculturalism in all of its forms whether the word 'culture' relates to sexual preference or otherwise, we have just the destination to fit any personal taste," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights UK.

Not surprisingly, our top five is dominated by US destinations. Perhaps because it's home to Hollywood's jet set, many of whom have helped set the scene for celebrating the gay scene. 

Top 5 Gay-friendly Destinations

Los Angeles

Whether you're gay or straight, life in LA is a celebration of diversity, freedom of expression, and glitzy adventure all year round. Santa Monica Boulevard offers an eclectic bar and club scene while Sunset serves up live music, and Beverly Hills hosts cosier surroundings in the form of cafes and yet more bars. 

Head over and scope out the stars, lights and glamorous sights from just £349 return.

San Francisco

San Fran is practically waving the flag for diversity, welcoming it with open arms rather than limiting to certain districts as many other destinations do. Bars, clubs, restaurants and even businesses are dotted throughout the entire city hosting any and every age, race, socio-economic status, and interest. The mix makes for a vibrant, open, and freeing experience. 

And for those heading there to have a gander at The City by the Bay as a wedding venue, it might be of interest to note that Rosie O'Donnell and girlfriend Kelli Carpenter tied the knot here in 2004 followed by a thank you to the entire city for its supportive stance toward same sex couples partnership. 

To leave your heart in San Francisco, compare flights from £349 return.

New Orleans

Natural disasters may have had it pegged as 'The City that Care Forgot,' but its night scene tells a different tale. Hot and happening is a more appropriate label here with most bars open 24 hours a day, a 'to go' policy on alcohol, and a broad range of vibrant venues from which to choose. 

Neighbourhoods like the French Quarter are among the most highly recommended. Not only is it often frequented by celebrities, its venue offerings are in such close proximity that hopping from one to the next is both easy and convenient. 

To get started on your own 24 hour party, compare flights from £302 return. 


The anniversary for the legalisation of same sex marriage can't possibly be marked without recognising the location that made it all possible, the Netherlands. On 1st April 2001, Esther Lammers and Wendy Kanters were the first same sex couple to walk down the aisle and tie the knot under the new law. While neither is a celebrity in the traditional sense, public attention of their ceremony was certainly worthy of celeb status.

Grab your own 15 minutes of fame in Amsterdam or simply take advantage of its liberal approach to life and let your hair down with flights from just £62 return.

Provincetown (Massachusetts)

Summertime here makes this place a haven for diversity. Nestled on Cape Cod, this is the gay extension to what serves as the summer escape for many a US jet setter, including the presidential kind. Provincetown offers up bars, clubs, sun and sea among an accepting, welcoming community. Its sublime setting makes for a more relaxed experience than the traditional same sex destination scene. 

To set sail into serenity, compare flights to Boston from just £289 return and take the 'fast ferry' to Provincetown. 

Of course the news isn't always good when it comes to diversity. Believe it or not, there are still several places in this modern world where being gay is actually illegal and can result in abuse and even arrest in some cases. So as well as telling travellers where they should go, we also highlight where they shouldn't with the following Top 5:

  1. Jamaica
  2. Fiji
  3. Poland
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Mauritius

To compare destinations, travel advice, and flight deals, visit Cheapflights UK.

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