Pride Month

At Matador Network, our guiding principle is that all people deserve the opportunity to make travel a central pillar of their lives. LGBTQ+ people in particular might still face discrimination in many places, but that shouldn’t stop them from traveling fearlessly. So we’re taking this Pride Month to share resources that will help make travel safe and fun for the LGBTQ+ community. We also believe that LGBTQ+ stories need to be told all year around, not just during one month of the year. But Pride Month is a special time to honor LGBTQ+ stories and elevate our queer writers’ voices, to center what travel looks like through their lens. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most people celebrated Pride privately last year. But in 2021, LGBTQ+ people will once again be able to uplift and celebrate their communities through parades, parties, and rallies. There are at least five US cities celebrating Pride in person this year! Pride Month is also an occasion for reflection and reconnection to the LGBTQ+ community’s long history of activism and advocacy. Travelers can connect with that history by visiting some of the most important LGBTQ landmarks in the US.

There is still so much work to be done to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are treated not just equally, but with respect and dignity. We’re committed to helping queer people of all identities explore the planet on their own terms, so we’ve created guides to get you where you want to be. If you identify as transgender, we’ve created a guide about how to stay safe while seeing the world. If you’re interested in Europe, these are the 10 most LGBTQ-friendly countries. Even if you don’t identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, you’re not off the hook. Now’s your chance to step up and become a better queer ally while traveling.

No matter who you are or how you identify, everyone deserves the chance to explore our beautiful, diverse planet. So get out of your comfort zone, connect with communities around the globe, and pursue the adventures of your wildest dreams — this month and every month.

5 US cities where you can celebrate Pride 2021 in person

12 queer companies that can help you plan your next vacation

5 ways to find your LGBTQ ‘family’ while on the road

What is the future of LGBTQ safe spaces?

#TravelingWhileTrans: How to stay safe while seeing the world

What it really means to identify as Two-Spirit in Indigenous culture

4 biggest challenges LGBTQ travelers face and how to overcome them

What we can learn from countries with progressive transgender rights

How to be a queer ally on the road

Explore the US

The ultimate cross-country road trip for LGBTQ travelers

The 15 most important LGBTQ landmarks in the US

The 10 best LGBTQ-friendly small towns in the US

7 LGBTQ heritage sites in the National Park Service to visit

Meet the new gayborhoods of the US

The best LGBTQ-friendly hotels in the US

The best places to stop on your LGBTQ-friendly US road trip

Spotlight on: Venture Out

Celebrate Pride around the globe

On queer cruises, you can truly be yourself, and these are the best to take

The 10 most LGBTQ-friendly countries in Europe

8 underrated cities for LGBTQ singles around the world

New app helps Black LGBTQ+ travelers find safe places around the world

The 12 best gay beaches you’ve never heard of

15 of the best destinations for LGBTQ weddings

The best LGBTQ spots in East Asia

The 14 best transgender-friendly travel experiences in Europe

10 of the best honeymoon destinations for gay newlyweds

Expand your education

5 LGBTQ books to celebrate pride all year long

16 inspiring LGBTQ+ podcasts to listen to on your travels

The best LGBTQ museums and archives around the world

12 LGBTQ films and TV shows to help you explore the world from your home

11 must-see lesbian historical destinations around the world

The 10 commandments of attending a live drag show

11 epic LGBTQ travel books to explore the world from home

10 movies that shed light on what it’s like to be queer around the world

Where to find meaningful LGBTQ monuments and memorials around the world

Spotlight on: A guide to camping with toddlers, with Terrell and Jarius

Matador's Ultimate LGBTQ City Guides

Why Seoul is one of the best places in Asia for LGBTQ travelers

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to New York City

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to San Francisco

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Los Angeles

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Chicago

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Amsterdam

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Paris

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Athens

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Cape Town

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Tokyo

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Honolulu

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Salt Lake City

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Pittsburgh

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Asheville

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Miami

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Atlanta

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Washington, DC

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to London

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Manchester, England

The ultimate LGBTQ guide to Brighton, England’s queer capital

The best LGBTQ pubs and bars in London

Produced by: Katie Scott Aiton, Alexandra Halky, Kati Hetrick, Dheandra Jack, Laura Reilly 

Special Thanks: John Garry, Maddie Gwinn, Olivia Harden, Elisabeth Sherman

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