Gay Country Rank: 23/50
One of the oldest cities in the United States is Providence, Rhode Island. It’s founded on the pillars of tolerance and respect for individual beliefs. Today, those principles are still valued in a metropolis that has many things to be proud of. From the beautiful architecture to top-rated restaurants, there’s a little something for everyone.
The LGBTQ Providence Community
Rhode Island Pride
This center is one of the largest and most comprehensive LGBTQIA+ community non-profit places serving Rhode Island and the surrounding areas. They work to commemorate our diverse heritage, raise awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.
The Rhode Island LGBT Center
The center provides a safe, visible, and inclusive place for the RI LGBTQ community. They work to create greater understanding for the municipality and beyond.
Providence and the Weather
Providence has a humid continental climate that borders on a subtropical one. The summers are hot, and the winters are cold. The city has high humidity year-round and the Atlantic ocean keeps it warmer than most inland cities. January is the coldest month and July is the warmest.
Monthly precipitation ranges from a high of 4.43 inches to a low of 3.17 inches. Levels are slightly less in the summer than winter months.
Events Not to Miss
Rhode Island Pridefest and Parade
Held every June in beautiful downtown Providence, the Pridefest gives you access to over 250 non-profit organizers, food vendors, and local businesses. The main stage provides all-day entertainment to over 100,000 attendees.
Top Providence Queer Neighborhoods
There is no definitive “gayborhood” in Providence because the LGBTQ population is spread throughout the city. There are some key neighborhoods you might want to start with. That includes:
This is the city’s business hub and is where the neoclassical State House sits with its marble dome. The area has hip brewpubs, trendy restaurants, and walking paths that skirt the Providence River. Bonfires are lit several times a year for the WaterFire art show, which provides 15,000 square feet of uninterrupted exhibition.
The median cost for a home in Downtown Providence is $565,000 and homes are selling for an average of $332/sqft. The area typically has around 9 homes for sale.
The neighborhood has unique shopping and gorgeous scenery. It’s bounded on the east by Canal Street and also houses the Providence Performing Arts Center, a 1928 movie palace that stages live shows.
Check out This Nightlife
This unassuming and busy gay bar is marked with a huge painted eagle. Craft cocktails and lively leather events are also part of the experience.
This casual gay bar is a dance club that features karaoke, DJs, and live drag shows.
This energetic gay bar has a vibrant dance floor, DJs, stage, and regular lineup of events.