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51 LGBTQ+ Owned & Friendly Stays, Eats, Shops, Parties, and Experiences in New York City

For this extensive LGBTQ+ Guide to NYC, ecomadic is excited to be partnering with Impact Travel Alliance, a global community and nonprofit that educates and empowers travelers to leave a positive impact on local communities and the environment. Through their advocacy, education, and community building initiatives, ITA fights for social and environmental responsibility to be woven into all forms of travel.

Home to the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans community, it’s no surprise that New York City has become one of the hottest LGBTQ+ travel destinations. The city has served as the backdrop for many pivotal moments in queer history, including the 1969 Stonewall Riots, and is home to many of the country’s (and world’s!) longest running gay and lesbian establishments. Today, Greenwich Village, home of the notable Stonewall Inn, is a hub for LGBTQ+ activism, business, and culture, but many queer friendly and owned businesses have also emerged all across the Big Apple.

As this year marks NYC’s 51st Pride celebration, this NYC travel guide features 51 LGBTQ+ owned or friendly accommodations, eateries, parties, and experiences. In a city where just about anything is at your fingertips, supporting LGBTQ+ owned and friendly businesses is a way to make your trip more sustainable as it directly supports the city’s queer community. While the environment and economy are typically at the forefront of sustainability discussions, social sustainability is a crucial consideration as it focuses on human rights, social justice, and community development.

Choosing to eat, play, shop, and stay with the amazing businesses featured here is a direct way to support the local LGBTQ+ community while adding a little history, comfort, and fun to your trip. So, explore this guide to find your next favorite NYC LGBTQ+ friendly business and celebrate pride all year long!

Accommodations

Ace Hotel New York

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The Ace Hotel is a chic LGBTQ+ friendly hotel located in the Nomad neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. Full of history and surrounded by the busy streets of Manhattan, this trendy hotel is the perfect landing spot for exploring NYC’s world class shops, museums, restaurants, and parks. Decorated with local art and modern decor, the hotel lobby features a coffee shop serving Stumptown Coffee and a cozy bar, which offers a selection of craft beers and spirits. The hotel is also home to Breslin Bar & Dining Room, which features the seasonally inspired creations of James Beard Award winning Chef, April Bloomfield.

CitizenM Bowery & Times Square Hotel

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Price Range – $$$

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CitizenM is a sleek and queer friendly hotel group with two New York locations, one in Bowery and one in Times Square. Both hotels feature one room type: small, yet comfortable spaces with XL king size beds, blackout blinds, free movies, and power showers. Looking to be in the center of the action? The Times Square hotel is located right in the center of Manhattan, just steps from the sights and sounds of Midtown and a ten minute walk from Central Park. If you’re looking to stay away from crowds, the CitizenM Bowery is the perfect place for you. Located in the Lower East Side, this economical hotel is close to Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and Greenwich Village. Inside the Bowery location, the hotel has their own Museum of Street Art, which is an impressive display of graffiti art created by 20 different artists that spans the hotel’s entire 20-floor staircase. Whether you’re looking to stay uptown or downtown, the CitizenM is a great landing spot for travel to the Big Apple.

The Brooklyn

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Nestled amongst historic Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, The Brooklyn hotel is a LGBTQ+ friendly work of art with its modern design and bold decor. Rooms feature exposed brick walls, black and white artwork, and fixtures crafted out of reclaimed wood. There are three standard room options for guests to choose from (queen, king, double queen) and those looking for a bit more space can choose between junior and executive suites. Just outside the hotel, you will find an endless array of social, cultural, and culinary adventures without even crossing the bridge into Manhattan. The hotel is just minutes from many of Brooklyn’s landmarks, including Prospect Park and the Barclay’s Center.

Bklyn House

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Bklyn House is the perfect landing spot for anyone wanting to explore Brooklyn’s vibrant neighborhoods, eateries, museums, and attractions. Situated in the heart of Brooklyn, this queer friendly, art-forward boutique hotel offers travelers great amenities such as free wifi, complimentary breakfast, a fully stocked business center, and daily passes to two nearby gyms. The hotel’s decor is inspired by the diverse and creative Bushwick neighborhood and it’s walls are colorfully decorated with funky murals created by local artists.

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

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Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel is a trendy and LGBTQ+ friendly neighborhood hotel with a mid-century modern design. Located on a cobblestone street at the corner of Soho and Tribeca, the hotel is perfect for travelers looking to add a bit of sophistication and comfort to their NYC stay. The rooms are sleekly decorated and have unique features like turntables with curated vinyls, gourmet minibars, and bluetooth radios. From early morning to late night, The Roxy also has dining and entertainment needs covered. With its own jazz club, oyster bar, cocktail lounge, coffee shop, and even its own private cinema, the hotel is a landmark destination buzzing daily with both tourists and locals. The hotel also offers day-use bike rentals as an eco-friendly way for guests to explore more of the city.

MADE Hotel

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Catering to adventurous travelers and creative souls, MADE is a gay friendly contemporary hotel located in Manhattan’s trendy NoMad district. The hotel is located close to many prominent NYC attractions, including the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and thoughtfully curated decor and with many different room styles ranging from standard king to penthouse suite, MADE has something for every traveler. The hotel’s surrounding area is also home to hundreds of eateries and attractions, but with the hotel’s on-site tapas restaurant, gorgeous rooftop lounge, and communal coffee counter you might not find a reason to leave!

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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Price Range – $$$$

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The 1 Hotel is a luxurious, LGBTQ+ and earth friendly hotel located at Pier 1 on Brooklyn Bridge Park. This LEED Gold certified hotel puts sustainability at the forefront with its use of LED light bulbs, a smart heating and cooling system, and carbon offsets. The hotel also has a stunning seasonal rooftop bar and several dining options including The Osprey and Neighbors, which serve organic, sustainably and locally sourced cuisine. Each room features 100% organic cotton bed linens, eco-friendly mattresses, and water taps intended to limit the use of single-use water bottles. For stays during the month of pride, guests are offered a complimentary juice flight and a portion of proceeds are donated to Housing Works, a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Boro Hotel

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The Boro Hotel is a stylish boutique LGBTQ+ friendly hotel in Long Island City. The hotel is located in Queens’ lively Astoria neighborhood, which is home to many amazing restaurants and a vibrant gay nightlife scene. In addition to its great location, the Boro offers many posh amenities including a lovely rooftop bar, library, restaurant, fitness center, sun terrace, and lobby cafe. The rooms feature hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, porcelain tiled baths, and breathtaking views of the New York City skyline. Enjoy this unique part of the city with a stay at the Boro!

Paper Factory

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Located in Long Island City, Paper Factory is a LGBTQ+ friendly hotel equipped with private rooms and communal spaces. Situated in what used to be a 100 year old paper factory, this modern hotel is equipped with a restaurant, conservatory, courtyard and playroom. The hotel can accommodate longer stays of up to 30 days and has shared work spaces for travelers that need to work during their stay. The lovely contemporary rooms feature high ceilings, modern decor, and city views. The hotel is a part of The Collective, a foundation that focuses on supporting the environmental and social wellbeing of surrounding communities. Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of NYC and just minutes from the best gay nightlife in Queens’ Astoria, Paper Factory is an great choice for your next trip to NYC.

Eateries

Big Gay Ice Cream

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Big Gay Ice Cream is a colorful NYC ice cream shop serving award-winning soft serve. What started in 2009 as a seasonal food truck, Big Gay Ice Cream now has three locations around NYC: Upper Westside, MSG, and the West Village. Their fabulous soft serve is amazing on its own, but it’s even better in the shop’s unique sundaes, milkshakes, floats, and ice cream sandwiches. Founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff believe in keeping life fun which is why you’ll find some unusual flavors, like BerryCherry and DirtyBanana, next to the more traditional flavors on the menu. They are also committed to using high quality ingredients for their creations and source the milk and cream from a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Big Gay Ice Cream is a big supporter of local NYC communities and actively supports local LGBTQIA+ organizations, animal shelters, and homelessness and hunger initiatives, which is just the cherry on top!

FONDA

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Fonda is a neighborhood Mexican restaurant serving contemporary Mexican cuisine crafted by celebrated chef Roberto Santibañez. With hand-pressed tortillas, made to order guacamole and thoughtfully crafted cocktails, Fonda takes Mexican cuisine to new heights. The restaurant even sources non-GMO Mexican landrace corn from small independent farmers in Mexico to use in its recipes and corn tortillas. Not only does this directly support Mexican farmers, but it also results in recipes that are more nutritious and flavorful than the overly processed corn typically used in America. The restaurant’s original location is in Park Slope, Brooklyn, but Fonda also has locations in Chelsea and the East Village.

Vic’s

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Situated in unpretentious digs in Noho, Vic’s is a local favorite with a menu of seasonally inspired and elevated Italian – Mediterranean favorites. This spot is known for its high-quality wine menu and amazing pizzas and pastas that are handcrafted with locally sourced ingredients. With its warm and casual atmosphere and stellar food, Vic’s is the perfect place to connect with friends over a laid-back dinner or weekend brunch.

La Pulperia

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La Pulperia is a rustic Latin restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that is designed to emulate the pulperias (general stores) of South America.  The restaurant is beautifully designed with reclaimed Brazilian wood, exposed brick, and handcrafted tiles from Mexico. The menu at La Pulperia is simple yet refined and takes rustic Latin cuisine to a new level with European influences. The restaurant is also known for its lively drag brunches that are open to people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations!

Via Carota

Source: Eater NY

Via Carota is a beloved female-owned NYC spot known for its traditional Italian cuisine and extensive wine and cocktail menu. Located in a cozy space flooded with natural light in the heart of Greenwich Village, this popular spot is the creation of James Beard Award-winning duo, Rita Sodi and Jody Williams. The menu features a varied selection of antipasti, salads, entrees and desserts, all created with seasonal ingredients from local markets. Open from late morning until late evening everyday, a wait is standard at Via Carota, but it’s just one of those NYC treasures you won’t want to miss.

Parties

The Stonewall Inn

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In Greenwich Village you’ll find The Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar that has its roots steeped in history as it was once the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969. These riots led to a united uprising of the LGBTQ+ community and served as a pivotal turning point in the gay rights movement. In 2015, the Inn was declared a New York City Landmark and became the first LGBTQ National Historic Landmark. Today, the Stonewall Inn regularly hosts local music artists, drag shows, trivia nights, cabaret, karaoke, and so much more. So come out for a drink, mingle with the community, and experience a taste of history!

Henrietta Hudson

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Henrietta Hudson is a legendary cafe lounge in the West Village that stands as the longest running lesbian bar in the United States. The cafe, which originally opened in 1991, has recently undergone renovations and is now outfitted with comfy chairs, greenery, and a shimmering disco ball. Hen’s is the perfect stop for drinks or a night out and serves an assortment of beer, wine, cocktails, espresso, and small bites. The cafe hosts regular events and stands as community space and safe haven for the entire LBGTQIA+ community.

Metropolitan Bar

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One of Brooklyn’s original gay bars, Metropolitan Bar is a place where everyone is welcome. With its large outdoor bar/garden and two fireplaces that are open year round, this bar is the place to mingle with friends in any season. Located in Williamsburg and open since 2002, Metropolitan Bar has pool tables, a digital photo booth, and daily happy hours from 3-8pm. The bar is also known for its festive weekly events including Tuesday’s Queeraoke and Free Sunday BBQs where you get a complimentary plate of food with the purchase of a drink!

No Bar

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No Bar is a cocktail bar in the East Village that is known for its elevated cocktails, straightforward bar fare, and sophisticated ambiance. With cow-print lined booths, neon lights and a giant disco ball, No Bar is the place to mingle with NYC’s young queer crowd. This hip bar also hosts lively dance parties, drag shows, and other queer nightlife events.

Julius’ Bar

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Julius’ Bar located in Greenwich Village is widely known as the oldest continuously operating gay bar in NYC. This landmark bar hosts regular events and offers a menu with great drinks and bar bites. Julius’ also has a rich history as it was once the site of a landmark ‘Sip In’ in which gay rights activists challenged New York’s regulation that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving homosexuals. One of NYC’s true LGBTQ+ landmarks, be sure to stop by Julius’ to have a drink and experience a piece of history.

Cubbyhole Bar

Source: Eater NY

Inside the beloved Cubbyhole Bar in the West Village, you’ll find colorful decor, friendly bartenders, and an old school jukebox. This cozy neighborhood spot is one of the last remaining lesbian bars in NYC and is a popular hangout spot for members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Club Cumming

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Nestled in the East Village, Club Cumming is a gay bar and nightclub that hosts nightly events including cabaret performances, dance parties, and drag shows. The club gets its name from one of it’s founders, prominent actor Alan Cumming, who opened the space in 2017. While the club’s exterior is rather unassuming, its interior is lavishly decorated with chandeliers, velvet drapes, and murals, which sets the scene for the club’s wild and promiscuous events. The club has also has appearances by several notable celebrities, including Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, and Paul Mcartney, and is cherished as an inclusive gathering place for the queer community.

Industry Bar

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Industry Bar is an industrial chic gay bar with a bustling party scene and nightly drink specials. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, this lively spot is known for its weekly drag shows that feature some of the city’s best performances by recognized drag queens. If you’re looking to mingle with NYC’s queer community with an all night dance party, Industry is the place for you!

Happyfun Hideaway

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Happyfun Hideaway is a queer dive bar known for its tropical drinks and quirky atmosphere. Located in Bushwick, this popular spot also has a spacious backyard, a pinball machine, and is known for its lively weekend dance parties.

Pieces Bar

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Pieces Bar is a popular gay dive bar in Greenwich Village with a variety of weekly events and performances. Known for its legendary drag shows and karaoke nights, this long standing Christopher Street gay bar also has festive themed nights and unmatched drink specials, Open everyday from 2pm-4am, Pieces  is definitely worth checking out during your next visit to Manhattan!

Playhouse NYC

Source: The New York Times

Playhouse NYC is a gay bar and lounge in the West Village. Opened by the owners of Pieces Bar, Playhouse is the newest addition to the gay bar scene in lower Manhattan. With its stage and intimate setting, Playhouse is the perfect place to catch a drag show and mingle with the local LGBTQ+ community!

3 Dollar Bill

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Located in East Williamsburg, 3 Dollar Bill is a spirited queer bar and club with a massive dance floor, large stage, and outdoor patio. The club hosts weekly events, themed parties, performances and drag shows and is known for its amazing visual and audio production quality. As the biggest queer venue  in Brooklyn, the part at 3 Dollar Bill is unlike anywhere else!

Icon Astoria

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Icon Astoria is a lively gay bar in Astoria that hosts weekly events, performances, and drag shows. With DJs, specialty cocktails, and a dance floor, it’s the perfect place to catch a show or spend a night out with friends. Icon is open everyday from the afternoon until the early hours of the morning so you never have to miss out on the party!

Elsewhere Brooklyn

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Elsewhere Brooklyn is a massive LGBTQ+ friendly art space, music venue, and nightclub on the border of East Williamsburg and Bushwick. With multiple rooms, a rooftop terrace, and weekly events, the party at Elsewhere never stops. Open Thursday-Sunday, the festive ambiance is perfect for a late night out with friends or catching the performance of a new artist or DJ.

House of Yes

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Uniquely situated in a former ice warehouse, House of Yes is a lively nightclub and performance venue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The club is known for its themed nights, vibrant circus, theater, and cabaret performances, and contagious energy that keeps the party going late into the night. The club came to be in 2007 when founders Kae Burke and Anya Anya Sapozhnikova wanted to create a special and safe space for artistic expression and exploration free from judgment, racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination. While named House of Yes, the club is insistent on consent, so remember to always respect others, the space, and of course, yourself!

Shopping

Automic Gold

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Automic Gold is a queer owned, NYC based fine jewelry company that makes radically wearable jewelry designed for all genders and sizes. As a brand that is inclusive of everyone, each item of every collection features a wide range of sizes, including plus size. All of the pieces are made from reclaimed gold in Automic Gold’s NYC studio and arrive in recyclable packaging. You can shop their amazing pieces in person at their store in Chelsea or through their website!

Cult Party

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Cult Party is a queer-women owned intersectional feminist boutique and gallery that sells a variety of unique feminist products. The eclectic store, which is based out of NYC, sells a variety of products from artwork, books, and stationery to jewelry, patches, clothing, and accessories. Cult Party is currently available as an online marketplace and you can support them by visiting their website!

Housing Works

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Housing Works is a healing community that is committed to ending homelesses and AIDS through advocacy and the provision of lifesaving services. Housing Works raises money to sustain these essential initiatives through their Housing Works Thrift Shops and Bookstores, where people can donate, shop, and support lives affected by HIV and AIDS. Housing Works has several thrift store locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn so you can score new wardrobe finds and support this great mission no matter where you find yourself in the city.

Out of the Closet

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Out of the Closet is a thrift store in Brooklyn that directly supports people living with HIV and AIDS. 96 cents out of every dollar collected at Out of the Closet goes directly to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, as well as to the on-site pharmacies and free HIV testing. Not only is thrifting a sustainable way to refresh your wardrobe, at Out of the Closet it’s also a direct way to support those in need. You can support this amazing cause by shopping for new clothes or by donating clothes you no longer need. The Brooklyn location is open everyday from 10 AM – 7 PM.

MINNA

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MINNA is a queer led business based in Hudson, NY that creates beautiful, ethically made multi-use products. Through partnerships with master artisans in Central and South America, MINNA creates unique items for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and beyond. The gorgeous products are meant to mixed and matched and the designs take inspiration from Feminist art, traditional craft, and vintage textiles. In collaborating with local artisans, MINNA helps to directly support local communities while preserving cultural craftsmanship. You can support this amazing business by visiting the storefront in Hudson or by shopping on the MINNA website.

Bianca’s Design Shop

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Bianca’s Design Shop is a small independent store that sells stickers, patches, accessories and more – all made with love in Queens, NY. Run by queer, latinx designer Bianca Negron, all of the items come from Bianca’s love of creating unique designs that bring people together. You can find Bianca’s creations at the shop’s website or in store at From Here to Sunday in Brooklyn.

We Are Fluide

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We Are Fluide is a Brooklyn based, mission-driven makeup brand that creates makeup designed for all skin shades and gender expressions. With products for the eyes, face, lips, and nails, there’s something from everyone to love. The brand even creates their own biodegradable glitter, which is a great sustainable option for nights out, festivals, or a bold everyday look. All of the products can be found on their website and everything is vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben free so you can feel good about putting them on your skin!

The Phluid Project

Source: The New York Times

The Phluid Project is a gender free apparel and accessories clothing brand based in Soho that features queer, black, latinx, and women-owned brands. With a goal to challenge outdated traditions that inhibit freedom of expression, The Phluid Project partners with brands, activists, models, and storytellers to make non-binary clothing more readily available. From tees and hoodies to fragrances and personal care products, The Phluid Project is one stop shop for non-binary clothing, accessories, community, and activism. You can shop their partner brands on their website or at any of their pop ups in NYC and beyond!

Kirrin Finch

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Kirrin Finch is a queer-owned conscientious clothing company that creates gender-defying, menswear-inspired apparel for a wide range of female and non-binary bodies. The sustainable androgynous garments include button downs, blazers, sweaters, jackets, and pants that are perfect for work, play, and formal occasions. Kirrin Finch was founded by Brooklyn-based couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat in 2015 with the desire to give back to the LGBTQ+ community and empower women through fashion. The clothes are made ethically with sustainable fabrics and practices and you can shop them on the Kirrin Finch website!

Nicole Zizi Studio

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Nicole Zizi Studio is a Black-owned brand created by Nicole Zizi that creates gender-free streetwear and accessories with a focus on sustainability and innovation. The cool and stylish pieces are made from recycled, alternative, and natural materials and are always created with ethically produced fabrics that follow fair trade standards. The studio is based out of NYC, but you can shop these sustainable items at pop ups around NYC and on the Nicole Zizi Studio website!

The Leather Man

Source: The New York Times

The Leather Man is a S/M and leather-fetish clothing and gear store on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. The shop started in June 1965 when founder Chuck Mueller started to make leather clothing for himself and other leather lovers. The store today is visited by customers around the world and is widely known as one of NYC’s best sources for leather fetish clothing and gear. 

BGSQD

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BGSQD, which stands for The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, is an indepedent and voluneer-run queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center (The Center for short!) At BGSQD you’ll find books, publications, and artwork intended to excite and educate LGBTQ+ folks and friends of the queer community. Located in Room 210 of The Center in the West Village, BGSQD regularly hosts readings, discussion groups, workshops, and film screenings, so come out for an event and connect with NYC’s local queer community!

Bluestockings Cooperative

 
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Bluestockings Cooperative is a worker-owned bookstore, cafe, activist hub, and community space in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Run by a diverse group that includes queer, trans, disabled folx and sex workers, Bluestockings provides a place for non-judgemental resource research that is radically inclusive of all genders, cultures, sexualities, and identities. In the store, you’ll find a wide variety of feminist books and other texts relating to the experiences of marginalized people. The bookstore also serves as an essential meeting space for feminist and activist gatherings and regularly hosts author readings, screenings, discussions, and workshops.

Queer Candle Company

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Queer Candle Company is a queer-couple-owned business that makes exceptional hand-poured and clean burning candles in NYC. Run by couple Al & Ab, the candles at Queer Candle Company are made out of soy wax and essential oils and are uniquely topped with herbs, dehydrated fruit or salt rocks. The candles even come in recyclable containers that can be given new life once the wax has burned away! As a way to give back to the queer community, 10% of monthly profits are donated to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a grassroots organization in NYC that works to protect rights related to gender identity. You can shop QCC’s amazing candles online, at stores around NYC and at the Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg every Saturday and Sunday from 11-6pm!

Experiences

Christopher Street Tours

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Christopher Street Tours offers walking tours across NYC that showcase the rich LGBTQ history that exists around the Big Apple. The tours offer a unique way to learn about LGBTQ historical events, activists, and change makers while visiting the places where pivotal events in LGBTQ history took place. The tours include but are not limited to: an LGBTQ history walking tour, a drag history tour, and an LGBTQ history bar tour. By combining education with exercise and entertainment, a tour with Christopher Street Tours is an NYC experience you won’t want to miss!

Folsom Street East

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Folsom Street East is a festival and pop up that draws fetish, kink, and LGBTQ+ community groups and vendors to the streets of NYC as a way to celebrate public expression of sexual identities. The festival, which has been running since 1997, is hosted by Folsom Street East, a nonprofit which strives to create safe spaces for sexual self-discovery and fulfillment. A proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, Folsom Street East is also a frequent participant in NYC Pride festivities.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

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The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in Soho is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting and preserving LGBTQ+ artwork. Started by Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman in 1969 as a way to preserve the work of gay artists, today the museum stands as a vital cultural hub for the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to showcasing over 30,000 pieces of art, the museum also serves as a place for queer artists, scholars, activists and allies to engage in discourse on art and queerness. With six major exhibitions each year, this cultural fixture is a must visit in NYC and is open Friday – Sunday.

The CENTER

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The CENTER, or the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the LGBTQ+ community and advocating for justice and opportunity. The center supports the lives of the LGBTQ+ community through providing programs for health, wellness, career service, arts & advocacy, and community connection. Located in the West Village on West 13th street, the center hosts a variety of events each year from parties, fundraisers and dinners to cultural events and educational opportunities, all celebrating and supporting the health of the LGBTQ+ community in NYC and beyond.

NYC AIDS Memorial

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The New York City AIDS Memorial is a public memorial that honors the more than 100,000 men, women, and children who have died from AIDS in NYC. Located in Greenwich village, this memorial provides a place for the public to reflect on the lives that have been lost to AIDS and the work that still needs to be done in improving treatment and finding a cure. The memorial hosts many events and installations throughout the year, providing a place for those affected by AIDS to share their stories and have their voices be heard. With an 18-foot white triangular steel canopy, a central granite water fountain and many benches, the memorial is a beautiful space for quiet reflection and to pay respects.

Oscar Wilde Tours

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Oscar Wilde Tours is a tour company that opens up the world to the hidden gay history inside cities and museums. The company has several tours in NYC including a walking tour of Greenwich Village that visits important sites tied to gay liberation and tours of the Metropolitan Museum that examine homoerotic art and the ever-changing artistic depiction of male body parts. These unique tours provide a fun and unique way to explore NYC while learning about LGBTQ history, art, and culture.

Lesbian Herstory Archives

 
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The Lesbian Herstory Archives is a community center, archive, and museum in Park Slope, Brooklyn that is dedicated to compiling and preserving lesbian history. The Archives was founded in the 1970s as a way to safeguard the history of lesbian lives and activities. Today, the center serves as an incredible resource for learning about lesbian heritage as it currently holds the largest collection of materials about lesbian experiences and history.

Stonewall National Monument

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Stonewall National Monument is a historic site in Greenwich Village that honors the pivotal role that The Stonewall Inn and surrounding area played in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Today, the monument encompasses Christopher Street Park and a block Christopher Street that lies across from the historic Stonewall Inn. The monument stands as the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights and in October 2017, the rainbow LGBTQ+ flag was raised at the site, making it the first officially maintained LGBTQ+ flag at a federal monument. 

Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop

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Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop is a bookstore and historical landmark that spotlights books and periodicals related to LGBTQ+ topics. The bookstore was established in 1967 by gay rights activist Craig Rodwell as the East Coast’s first gay and lesbian bookstore. Rodwell named the bookstore after Oscar Wilde as a way to honor Wilde’s willingness to publicly speak out and defend homosexuality. While the bookstore was first opened on Mercer Street, it is now located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. 

Queer Soup Night

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Queer Soup Night is a Brooklyn-based initiative that strives to strengthen local queer communities across the United States through food. With different chapters around the country, Queer Soup Night unites local communities together through regular pop up events. The soup is always free but attendees are asked to contribute a donation to that night’s chosen local organization. What started during the 2016 election by chef and cookbook author Liz Alpern as a way to raise money for local initiatives, Queer Soup Night now has thriving chapters all across the United States!

 

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Stephanie Stevens
Stephanie is a writer and photographer passionate about sustainable living, mindfulness, and exploring the outdoors. She loves micro-adventures but her favorite part about traveling abroad is immersing herself in other cultures. When she’s not writing, you can find her drinking coffee, playing soccer, or backpacking.