Greater Phoenix’s fusion of natural splendor and metropolitan verve sets it apart from a lot of big cities — and everyone is invited to experience it. As you explore the city's urban core, you'll discover a strong LGBTQ+ community that's integrated throughout the area's businesses, spaces, events and entertainment.

For the ninth consecutive year, Phoenix earned a score of 100 — the highest score possible — on the Human Rights Campaign's 2021 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard.

Join us for Phoenix's nationally-recognized annual LGBTQ+ events, including the Phoenix Pride Festival and the Rainbows Festival.

During the day in Phoenix, choose from outdoor activities, luxurious spa treatments, shopping at local boutiques or exploring the arts and culture.

At night, the city comes alive with vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife. The Melrose District on Seventh Avenue is a hub for LGBTQ+ businesses and such clubs as Charlie’s and Stacy's @ Melrose — both of which landed on our list of must-see drag shows.

For more information on LGBTQ+ events and culture, visit the Greater Phoenix Equality Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Pride, Pride Guide Arizona or ION Arizona magazine and mobile app.

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Phoenix and Scottsdale sit in the heart of a valley which enjoys 325 sunny days a year and is aptly named "The Valley of the Sun." The temperatures here are warm year round and the summers bring many days over 100 degrees (F). Phoenix, probably due to its warmth, has a laid back small town feel. But don't let that stop you it has a thriving gay community and there's a growing variety of dining and nightlife options for all types here. The incredible racial mix of the huge metro area makes the gay scene particularly rich and diverse.
Gay nightlife and the bars & clubs are mostly concentrated in central Phoenix between 7th Ave and 7th Street and Indian School and Camelback Mountain roads.

One of the two rainbow sidewalks in Phoenix is located next to the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. The center is pivotal in educating and testing anyone who believes they may have come into contact with a sexually transmitted disease. This location is also next to the thriving Phoenix First Friday event; it has become one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks. Enjoy the culture and spirit of downtown every first Friday of the month as thousands of Phoenicians take over the streets of downtown Phoenix for the art walk each month, viewing gallery exhibits, perusing funky boutiques and outdoor vendors and enjoying performers and indie bands.

The Melrose area is usually the starting point for LGBTQ+ tourists and locals; the quintessential gayborhood of Central Phoenix. It’s the one-mile stretch of Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Camelback and is known for being LGBT-friendly. Melrose boasts eclectic shops and is home to many of Phoenix’s gay bars along the best S-curve in the Valley. The rainbow crosswalk is located at the 7th Ave and Glenrosa cross street. Gay Phoenix/Scottsdale Little more than a desert frontier settlement just a century ago, Phoenix has grown rapidly into one of the American West’s most dynamic and exciting getaways. The city sits low in an arid valley surrounded by mountains and high desert, its once-rugged terrain having been replaced to a large degree by massive blocks of residential subdivisions, strip retail and office developments, and oasis-like golf and tennis resorts. The many slick and trendy dining, shopping, and gay nightclub options — coupled with the sunny dry climate and abundance of outdoors diversions — make this an increasingly popular lesbian and gay travel destination. Part of the greater Phoenix area, Scottsdale is an upscale resort town and shopping destination. Sometimes considered a desert version of Miami’s South Beach, this oasis boasts popular nightlife and glamorous resorts, and it's a major art center for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

Phoenix and Scottsdale have a lot of the charm of other desert gay getaways like Palm Springs (just a 4-hour drive away)—but are more accessible and provide a lot of great entertainment options. Phoenix Gay Scene Though there is no distinct gayborhood in Pheonix, you'll find it's a very gay-friendly city with lots of businesses that cater to the LGBTQ community.
Most of the gay nightclubs and businesses are predominantly in the two-mile wide area between 7th Avenue on the West and 7th Street to the East.The Biltmore neighborhood and the Mill Avenue District are considered very gay-friendly as well. As for gay-friendly hotels, accommodations options here run the gamut from super-plush resorts and high-rise business hotels to a smattering of smaller gay-oriented properties. Many of the hotels offer special packages during Phoenix Pride, which takes place each year in April when the summer heat isn't so intense. Look for Echo Magazine at the many gay and gay-friendly bars & restaurans; the local, independent magazine publishes listings of weekly LGBTQ events, festivals, and happy hours.

Gay Nightlife

Charlie's Phoenix

You simply can't miss this country-themed spot, where you can learn line dancing with other tipsy gay patrons. Go-go dancers put on a show during weekend nights, and there's a small back patio for when the weathere is nice (which is often!).

Cruisin' 7th

It's never too early to head to Cruisin' 7th, open from 6 am to 2 am every day. This no-frills lounge is renowned for its drag shows, especially those held on the weekends. It's got a laid-back atmosphere and the divey feel inside makes it popular with locals. Come for karaoke! 

Kobalt Bar

Drags shows, karaoke, happy hour specials, local entertainment, free parking — you'll find all this and more at Kobalt, located in the Park Central shopping center. It's especially popular on weekends..

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