Boston for the LGBTQ Crowd

Boston's Puritanical roots still doggedly honor the practical, straightforward, no-nonsense approach. Glitter (usually) evades this city. 

We admit that Boston is not known for having a thriving LGBTQ community, at least not one as fabulously known as San Francisco or Chicago. That's not to say we don't have one; in fact, we do have a thriving LGBTQ community. To be sure, we might be one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. Our state was America's first to legalize gay marriage. It's also the founding place of GLAD. Famous gay retreat Provincetown is just a hop, skip and jump across Massachusetts Bay, and many vacationers start the party here while waiting for their ferries to depart. 

Though this city tends to favor intellectual pursuits over social ones, which applies whether you identify as straight or LGBTQ, it doesn't mean we don't know how to have fun.

Read on for suggestions of things to do while you're Bay State-side. (This is not a list of gay bars and clubs; those can be found here.)

Travelers also can visit with The Welcoming Committee, a Boston-born social outreach organization for LGBTQs that holds pop-up "takeovers" at local museums, bars, sporting games, you name it. Among a full roster of events, TWC is famous for its longstanding Guerilla Queer Bar, an en masse, surprise invasion of a mainstream night spot on the first Friday night of each month. (Note: The org features branches in 10 cities across the U.S.—from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.—so you can participate during upcoming travels or even in your hometown.)