Best cities for a gay holiday

BERLIN, 30 June 2017: Madrid came out top in the 2017 Best LGBT Cities List followed closely by Amsterdam in second place and Toronto, Canada in third, according to the the study carried out by Berlin-based Nestpick.

Madrid scored 23.56 out of a maximum score of 25.

With the exception of Tel Aviv in fourth place all of the top 10 LGBT cities were in Europe and North America.

For LGBT holidaymakers heading for Asia, Bangkok is the top choice. It was the highest placed Asian city in the full list of 100 polled cities released Thursday.

Ranked 61st, Bangkok was ahead of Tokyo (70th) and Hong Kong (83rd).

Furnished housing aggregator, Nestpick, researched the world’s best cities for the LGBT+ community through polls in 80 countries.

More than 2,500 participants from each city were asked to give five lifestyle factors a rating out of five. The five factors covered in the poll questions were: Strength of a city’s gay dating scene, quality of its LGBT nightlife, openness, safety and LGBT rights.

It resulted in a shortlist of the 100 cities with Beijing the lowest scoring 9.14 and Madrid in first place with a score of 23.56 out of a possible maximum of  25.

Nestpick said named the top 10 cities from a list of 100 cities based on polling  using social media and other polling tools.

Factors were included in order to recognise that although some cities offer an attractive lifestyle, a lot may still need to be done to protect people from hate crime and to give them equal rights.

National and regional governments provided information on the rights of LGBT citizens and data regarding the safety of the LGBT community.

“It’s no coincidence that the world’s most exciting cities have a strong LGBT communities, contributing much to the openness and prosperity which defines locations such as Madrid, Amsterdam and Berlin,” stated Nestpick managing director Ömer Kücükdere.

Click here for the full list of 100 cities:

(LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)

(Source: Nestpick)

The ten top scoring cities worldwide are:

Chart Credit: Nestpick