On May 20th, Pennsylvania became the next state to champion same-sex marriage, when federal Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

Pittsburgh is gearing up to celebrate PrideFest on June 15th and now, The New York Times recommends our city as a top gay destination.

In his article, For Gay Destinations, Thinking Outside the Obvious, writer Steven McElroy profiles Pittsburgh and several other US cities and regions, venturing beyond idyllic destinations like Provincetown, MA and Key West, FL, which have long been popular as gathering spots for gay and lesbian vacationers.

Jim Werner, co-founder of a travel website that offers information about gay-friendly cities, as well as reviews, event listings and special deals, notes that Pittsburgh is “quirky, progressive, and yes, remarkably gay-friendly.”

The article recommends The Andy Warhol Museum, PrideFest, Downtown’s Liberty Avenue, Shadyside and Lawrenceville as spots to check out.

Read the entire profile of gay friendly destinations in The New York Times.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...