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The Best and Most Inclusive US States for LGBTQ Families

by | Apr 17, 2023

Are you searching for the most LGBTQ-friendly states in the U.S.? Dive into our guide to discover the top destinations for LGBTQ families, where acceptance and inclusivity thrive.

California: Leading the Way

California stands as a beacon of progressiveness, having been among the pioneers to legalize same-sex marriage. With strong anti-discrimination laws safeguarding LGBTQ rights, vibrant cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles offer thriving communities. Notable organizations like the Los Angeles LGBT Center provide support, while legal provisions allow for same-sex couples to adopt, fostering an ideal environment for LGBTQ families to flourish.

A gay couple holding hands while walking through the Castro District in San Francisco.

Massachusetts: Trailblazers of Equality

As the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, Massachusetts boasts a rich history of LGBTQ inclusivity. With robust anti-discrimination laws and opportunities for second-parent adoption, cities like Provincetown and Northampton offer welcoming havens. From the Boston LGBT Film Festival to organizations like BAGLY, Massachusetts embraces LGBTQ families with open arms, setting the stage for a fulfilling life.

Colorado: Hidden Gem of Acceptance

Often overlooked, Colorado shines as a hidden gem for LGBTQ rights. Since legalizing same-sex marriage in 2014, the state has implemented anti-discrimination laws and fosters an inclusive atmosphere. Cities like Fort Collins and Denver host LGBTQ-friendly events such as the Denver Pride Fest, while legal provisions for second-parent adoptions underscore Colorado’s commitment to equality.

The scenic view from Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.

Minnesota: A Safe Haven

In Minnesota, the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 marked a significant step towards equality. With robust legal protections and a vibrant LGBTQ community, cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul offer supportive environments. Organizations like the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition provide essential resources, while events like the Twin Cities Pride Festival celebrate diversity, making Minnesota a safe haven for LGBTQ families.

Oregon: Embracing Diversity

Oregon stands as a beacon of inclusivity, offering similar rights and protections as its progressive counterparts. Cities like Portland and Eugene boast high rankings for LGBTQ equality, with events such as the Oregon Queer Youth Summit fostering community engagement. Legal provisions for second-parent adoptions further solidify Oregon’s commitment to diversity, making it an ideal destination for LGBTQ families seeking acceptance and opportunity.

While there’s still a long way to go in terms of LGBTQ rights in the country, there are clearly a number of open and inclusive places across the US. The states mentioned above have taken important steps toward equality, protection, and support, and they all represent great choices for building an LGBTQ family and a happy life.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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