Great Britain is truly a multicultural society with an extreme diversity of social and cultural influences nowhere better explained by the fact that in London, there are more than 250 languages spoken by people from over 270 different countries all over the world. With having such a wide range of demographic, it is no surprise that the UK is one of the more accepting and welcoming countries in the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. There are, in fact, a number of cities in the UK that are more than welcoming and are famous for their gay influences.
Although all cities in Britain have gay communities, unfortunately not all cities can claim to be ‘gay friendly’. There are, however, some cities that can claim this moniker, and the most popular of which are listed and detailed hereafter for your perusal.
Brighton has to be at the top of this list, having the highest proportional rate of same-sex households in the UK (at 1.29%) and being commonly known as the ‘gay capital of the UK’. The seaside city of Brighton is a great place to live and work, offering some of the best scenery, attractions and nightlife in the whole of the UK. On top of this, Brighton has a thriving gay community with similarly orientated bars, shops, pubs and nightclubs. In August, every year, Brighton hosts the Gay Pride carnival, an event in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from all over the UK, even Europe decent on the city en masse to celebrate and raise awareness for international gay issues.
London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and nowhere is this as apparent as it is with regards to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that enjoys the freedom that many parts of London offer. Just like Brighton, London has a huge number of gay bars and nightclubs, and people in London are very friendly and accepting of different cultures. Right now, London is gearing up to host the 2012 World Pride parade which aims to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on an international stage.
Another gay friendly city in the UK is Manchester. Manchester has a relatively large gay village containing gay bars, pubs, clubs, bookstores and other similarly orientated venues. On top of that, Manchester also has some fantastic attractions including the third largest Chinatown in the world and the annual ‘Queerupnorth’ gay arts festival. If you are looking for somewhere to hang your hat that is gay friendly and very welcoming, Manchester is the place.