IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association was founded in 1983 and is the world’s leading network of LGBTQ+-welcoming tourism businesses. They provide free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ+-friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, Travel Advisors, tour operators, events and travel media located in over 75 countries.
LGBTQ+ Travel Guides
Traveling can be an incredibly rewarding and memorable experience. With so many beautiful places in the world with vibrant cultures, amazing landscapes and delicious cuisine, it can be a difficult task to decide where to travel next. The LGBTQ+ community faces an even bigger challenge as LGBTQ+ acceptance, laws and protections vary widely around the globe. IGLTA provides travel guides from different cities around the world. This set of travel guides was designed to provide you with a brief overview of each country, including some of the most popular destinations and attractions. You’ll learn about the best times to visit, events and tours available, and up-to-date insights on LGBTQ+ laws and protections in each country.
LGBTQ+ Festivals & Events
What Kind of LGBTQ+ Events Will I Find Here?
They compiled a global calendar of festivals and events around the world that have an LGBTQ+ theme but are not specifically pride events. Since pride events are so common and numerous, they have created a completely separate calendar including hundreds of events around the world—click here to view our Gay Pride Calendar. The events on this list include a variety of festivals, gatherings or events with different themes ranging from music, art, food, sports, dance, advocacy, comedy and more. While each event may be different, the common thread that binds all these together events is the celebration within the LGBTQ+ community.
How to Use This List
They have published this calendar to inform the LGBTQ+ community of important festivals and events globally to offer a complete source for planning your travel. This event calendar includes more than 100 listings, but you can sort and filter the list by region and date to determine where you want to go or when to plan your trip. Events displayed in light grey have already taken place for the year. Some of the cities and event organizers listed here are also IGLTA members, which are designated by the ‘Member’ badge next to the event listing. IGLTA membership indicates a city’s willingness to actively welcome the LGBTQ+ community to that destination. Some IGLTA members also have enhanced membership, including Featured Destination or Global Partner. Global Partners are an elite group of global brands that have committed to improving travel for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.
Why Visit a Destination During a Local Festival or Event?
Visiting a destination during an LGBTQ+ festival or event is a great way to not only see the city, its landmarks and learn its history, but also to immerse yourself in the local LGBTQ+ community. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, visiting during a festival or event can be a fun way to experience a new destination and IGLTA can help you find LGBTQ+ friendly business in almost any location to help make you trip memorable, safe and exciting.