LGBTQ Special Events
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New York State is home to the Stonewall Inn, Fire Island, and many other iconic monuments and locations central to LGBTQ culture. And we welcome LGBTQ visitors all year long.
New York has numerous LGBTQ-friendly destinations throughout the state, from the funky neighborhoods of Buffalo (including Ani DiFranco’s Babeville), Cherry Grove and the Pines on Fire Island, and the sculptures of Storm King. A more extensive vacation gets you hiking in the Adirondacks, sipping wine in the Finger Lakes, and riding the country’s highest and longest zip line in the Catskills!
In New York State, LGBTQ special events mean Pride—from Pride on the Beach on Long Island to annual celebrations across the state—and a whole lot more. For instance, there are LGBTQ film festivals in Rochester and Long Island, the Fire Island Dance Festival, and Oz-Stravaganza in the Wizard of Oz author's hometown of Chittenango. In other words, there is always an excuse to have a gay old time all year long.