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Unforgettable LGBTQ+ Holidays to Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a vibrant, rich, LGBT culture that is deeply rooted and incredibly influential across the world! The city of stars welcomes the LGBTQ+ community with wide open arms and is a hive of activity for those seeking a fun-filled sunshine-drenched holiday.

Los Angeles is a trendsetter when it comes to LGBTQ+ culture; the energy and love for the community held within this city make it a number one choice for any holidaymaker. Here you’ll find a bit of everything so you can holiday exactly how you want to; stunning beaches, chilled out vibes, vibrant nightlife, exclusive bars, VIP parties, shopping galore, world-famous drag queen performances, history, art and luxurious hotels. A trip to LA is sure to blow your socks off and give you memories that’ll last a lifetime!

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Activities, Festivals and Nightlife Highlights

Identifying as LGBTQ+ doesn’t mean you only want to visit venues or participate in activities that cater to the LGBTQ+ crowd. There are plenty of fun experiences to enjoy and places to visit in Los Angeles that are welcoming to everybody, read more about the city here. Below, however, we’ll highlight just some of the specifically LGBTQ+ friendly places of interest as well as festivals and venues (many of which are centred around West Hollywood or WeHo) we feel like you’d enjoy.

Places of interest;

  • One National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California (USC) libraries. Brush up on your history by visiting the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer materials in the world.
  • Open until 2am daily, why not shop ‘till you drop at Block Party WeHo where you’ll find quirky fashion-forward apparel, pride gear, underwear and novelty goods all year round! This is one shopping experience not to be missed.
  • Join the lively guides on an Out & About Tour of Los Angeles where you’ll discover underground bars, gay rights battle scars, activism landmarks, gay-friendly businesses and a chance to understand the history behind old Hollywood where Judy Garland used to roam and the phrase ‘lipstick lesbian’ was first muttered.
  • WeHo & Downtown gyms. The likes of Soul Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Gold’s Gym and Grunch WeHo are a safe training haven for the entire LGBTQ+ community. These gyms celebrate everyone’s uniqueness, so if you’re looking to work out and find other likeminded folk then these ought to be high on your hitlist!
  • Out of the Closet is a truly stunning thrift store! Every $0.96 of $1 spent here is donated to AIDS Healthcare Foundation and you can get a free HIV test whilst you shop. So if you’re looking for a bargain and to support a worthy cause, make sure to place this shop on your things to do.
  • Looking for a treat? Head to The Milk Shop in Downtown LA and find a super popular ice cream parlour and baked goods shop, a favourite amongst the LA gay crowd.

Festivals;

  • Simply diVine (April). A premier food and wine event held each year at the Hollywood Forever for LGBT people and their allies; find samples from some of the cities most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries and breweries.
  • Dragcon (May). The definition of fabulous! RuPaul’s Dragcon event celebrates everything drag. Meet the queens, enjoy live performances and engage in Q&As.
  • Outfest Los Angeles (June). This 11-day gay film festival promotes equality by placing over 150 LGBTQ+ stories (through feature and short film) on the big screen.
  • LA Pride (June). A champion for equality, diversion and inclusion. LA Pride is one of the biggest and best pride events in the world!

Nightlife;

  • The Abbey (WeHo). This bar/restaurant/nightclub is world-famous and is home to some of the biggest LGBTQ events in the city. This venue is a whole vibe! Enjoy delicious cocktails, drag brunches, mid-afternoon lunch and late-night gogos – there is something for everyone to enjoy!
  • V Wine Room (WeHo). Enjoy a variety of unique wines and handcrafted beers in this boutique tasting room themed like a historic library.
  • Fiesta Cantina (WeHo). With sensational happy hour offers and Mega Margaritas to down, what’s not to love about the bar that brings the beach and Mexican vibes to the heart of LA!
  • Precinct (DTLA). A rock’n’roll queer bar staging a full line up of events to suit everybody’s tastes. The famed Queen Kong is the place to be on a Friday if you’re looking for a sensational drag queen performance.
  • The Lash (DTLA). Forward-thinking when it comes to gay venues, The Lash is inclusive on another level. Head here if you’re looking for an alternative urban nightlife spot.

View a selection of our favourite places to stay below

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Montrose West Hollywood 

This extravagant all luxury-suite hotel is a favourite amongst the LGBTQ+ community for not only is it's location superb but the style, decor and intimacy offered truly allow all to relax in comfort whilst being the best version of themselves. Head to the rooftop pool for panoramic views of WeHo and Los Angeles, indulge in the daily wine hour, explore more of the city with complimentary bike hire or find your zen with a yoga class or two. 

Andaz West Hollywood

Officially the first hotel on the Sunset Strip, Andaz West Hollywood is full of character and charm. Elevate your LA experience with a stay at this iconic property redesigned and styled for the modern day. Watch the sunset from a cabana or the bar at the rooftop pool, choose from three in-house dining venues, indulge in the complimentary wine hour or snacks from your mini-bar or stay fit by using the 24-hour gymnasium. 

Le Parc Suite Hotel

Embracing the local art community and showcasing the diversity of West Hollywood, the residential-style suites of Le Parc Suite Hotel are a gorgeous choice when it comes to places to stay in LA. This retreat feels like a home away from home with its friendly staff and forward-thinking welcoming nature. Featuring its own skydeck with heated pool and cabanas, rooftop tennis court, 24-hour fitness centre and free bike usage as well as your own balcony, fireplace, kitchenette and seperate living room you'll be surrounded by comforts from the moment you get here!

The Standard

Smack in the centre of Downtown LA, this impressive hotel features huge guestrooms, a rooftop pool and an intimate garden with stunning panoramic views of LA as well as a 24-hour restaurant and room service, on-site gym and bookable Paddle Room for all your table tennis needs. Culturally aware and an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, this hotel is perfect for anybody looking to base themselves in the downtown area whilst in LA. 

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