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Explore LGBTQ Rochester.

With a rich history of civil rights, it shouldn't come as a shock that Rochester is among the most welcoming, LGBTQ-friendly metro areas in the U.S., ranked 11th in 2016's Gayest Cities in America by the It's also one of the most culturally abundant. Rochester received a perfect score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign.

"The downtown area's Park Avenue corridor has the right mix of chic dining, drinking, and LGBT Vlogger Arielle Visits Rochester on Media Tourentertainment to make it the gay epicenter in Rochester," reported the  "This tree-lined, charming city in the Finger Lakes region is New York's third largest

Tucked between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes wine region, the tradition of dignity for all runs deep here. Susan B. Anthony's home, a National Historic Landmark, still stands in Rochester and is open to the public. Frederick Douglass established his abolitionist newspaper, The North Star, here. The first statue in the country honoring an African-American still stands in Highland Park. Another Rochester newspaper, The Empty Closet, is the nation's oldest continuously published LGBTQ paper, having been in business for more than 40 years. 


The third weekend in July the Out Alliance produces Rochester Pride.  There are four Photo by Ove Overmyersignature Pride events including, the Pride Parade and Pride Festival, the Pride Picnic and the ROC Pride Games. Numerous other events occur in conjunction with Rochester Pride which is a celebration that attracts about 10,000 people, making it New York State's second-largest Pride celebration

ImageOut: The Rochester  LGBT Film & Video Festival (October) This 10-day Festival screens sought-after new material from around the world, including foreign films, short programs, documentaries and classics.

The Lilac Festival (May) features more than 500 varieties of Lilacs with art, music and food. 

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (June) is where all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world come together with over 1,500 musicians and more than 300 concerts.

The Corn Hill Arts Festival (July) features hundreds of artists and continuous live music. 

The eclectic area known as Park Avenue, hosts the Park Avenue Summer Arts Festival (August), attracting justPride Balloon Art by Airigami for the the Rochester Pride Parade in July as an eclectic mix of festival goers. 

The Memorial Art Gallery's Clothesline Festival (September) offers works from local and area artists.

Expect the unexpected at the Rochester Fringe Festival (September), a unique multi-arts festival that both showcases and stimulates creativity.

Culture, art, music, food, wine and festivals have created a charming, livable city and region where the good life is within reach.

Restaurants + Nightlife 

Rochester is surrounded by one of the richest agricultural regions in the Cocktails at Good Luckworld. Many of the area's restaurants offer regional fare prepared by world-class chefs from locally sourced ingredients.

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You'll find a range of LGBTQ+ bars and coffeehouses to visit too.

140 Alex Bar & Grill is a casual neighborhood pub downstairs, a lively dance floor upstairs. 

Equal=Grounds is the quintessential neighborhood coffeehouse, this spacious cafe is filled with comfy chairs, art, and the whirl of the espresso machine. It's in the center of another one of Rochester's most popular urban neighborhoods, the South Wedge, home to galleries, shops, and foodie-magnet attractions.

The Bachelor Forum is central to Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts, home to ART Walk on Universitycafes, galleries, museums, and fantastic restaurants.

Roar Rochester hosts Drag shows, live bands and more. But the number one focus is creating a unique safe space for the LGBTQ+  community.

The Avenue Pub is an institution in Rochester, this bar offers a place to chill, visit and mingle with the locals in the heart of Rochester's eclectic Monroe neighborhood.

For LGBTQ families, Greater Rochester is a dream trip.


Moms, dads and kids need a getaway, too. Countless festivals and attractions offer family fun all Memorial Art Gallery Sculpture Gardenyear round. Note, during Pride Week, there are a number of family-friendly events scheduled.

Be sure to check out the Travel with Kids section for more information on family-friendly activities including

Surprised? Then it's time to check out Rochester. Rochester has it all, wrapped up in four glorious seasons of color, beauty and refreshment. Find out why the region has long nurtured the human spirit, and the cause of equality. 

LGBTQ Area Services

Trillium Health - LGBT Health Center
Out Alliance


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