As the USA’s 18th largest city, many are surprised to learn that gay Seattle actually has the second largest LGBTQ population in the States, just behind San Francisco. So, it makes sense that the Emerald City was also one of the earliest cities to host a Gay Pride Week in 1974. LGBTQ travelers will have no problem integrating into the energetic gay Seattle scene. Whether you’re into the outdoors, shows, or partying late into the night, Seattle has something for everyone.
Breathe in the perfume of the Pacific Northwest. Soak up the salt of the Sound, the mist of the rain blending with the clean scent of the evergreens, and the coffee roasting from Pike Place Market. Situated by the sea, beneath glacial super volcanoes, and surrounded by freshwater lakes, gay Seattle attracts nature lovers and those seeking an active lifestyle.
Capitol Hill: Seattle’s gayborhood
The longstanding neighborhood of Capitol Hill is the center of Seattle’s gay community, and is just a short drive from Downtown. Capitol Hill is full of gay bars, clubs, and restaurants, all of them connected by rainbow crosswalks.
In recent years, the neighborhood has begun to undergo changes as a result of recent booms in the tech industry, causing many long-term gay residents to move elsewhere in gay Seattle. However, Capitol Hill still retains the highest concentration of LGBT venues and continues to host the busy Seattle Pride season in June. This exciting month is marked by a massive Pride flag at full mast soaring on the top of the Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.