The vast and varied opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to experience renowned art, architecture and performance leave other states eating their hearts out.
Just a few of the highlights: The Pollock-Krasner House on Long Island is where the master of abstract expressionism did his work. Dia:Beacon is in a converted cereal box factory in the Hudson Valley. The Hyde Collection in the Adirondacks has masters from Botticelli to Picasso, and Utica's Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute has an esteemed collection of Victorian-era decorative arts. The Corning Museum of Glass in the Finger Lakes features thousands of years of glasswork and modern marvels.
Take your love of art outdoors at sculpture gardens like the Storm King Arts Center in the Hudson Valley and Griffis Sculpture Park in western New York. See the landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School of painters and tour their homes, like the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Frederick Church's estate at Olana State Historic Site.
New York City has stalwarts like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, as well as the new Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the world's first and only LGBT art museum.
Many New York artisans reflected regional heritage and resources in their work. East Aurora's Roycroft Campus was founded during the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 1800s. Native American culture is on display at places like the Iroquois Indian Museum in Central New York.
Film festivals throughout the state include LGBT film festivals in Long Island, New York City and Rochester. You can travel to the beginnings of photography and film at the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester.
Relax to music under the stars at outdoor venues like Artpark in Lewiston, Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in the Catskills and Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Revel to opera at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. Chautauqua Institution is a lakeside cultural community that comes to life every summer with music, lectures and more.
Is the play the thing for you? The lights of Broadway are shining brighter than ever. Upstate, enjoy a live performance at opulent historic theaters like the Palace Theater in Albany, Proctors in Schenectady, Syracuse's Landmark Theatre and Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.