LGBTQ+ Resources

Founded more than 400 years ago, Albany is filled with rich history and traditions, beautiful architecture, spectacular events and entertainment venues, amazing restaurants, and a vibrant and active gay and lesbian community.

A Welcoming Community

Residents, business leaders, community partners, and public figures work together to support the LGBTQ+ community in Albany. 

  • The Pride Center of the Capital Region is the oldest continuously operating LGBTQ+ center in the country. Based in Albany, the Pride Center has been meeting the diverse needs of the LGBTQ+ community since 1970. 
  • The Pride Center of the Capital Region hosts the Capital Pride Festival, one of the largest celebrations of pride in Upstate New York every June. 
  • Based in Albany, In Our Own Voices is an organization with a mission to work for and ensure the physical, mental, spiritual, political, cultural and economic survival and growth of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of color communities. 
  • In Our Own Voices hosts the annual Say it Loud! BIPOC Pride a monthlong event highlighting the presence and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + People of Color in the Capital Region. 
  • Albany scored a 100% on the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Municipality Equality Index (MEI). The MEI rates cities based on criteria falling under five broad categories: non-discrimination laws; municipality as employer; municipal services; law enforcement; and relationship with the LBGTQ+ community.
  • Trivago Magazine ranks Albany as one of the "10 Best Gaycation Destinations That Might Surprise You." 
  • New York State is the most desired travel location in the world for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more from the I LOVE NEW YORK's LGBT resources

Further Resources

Pride Flag City Hall

LGBTQ+ Resources in Albany County and Beyond

Community organizations, business leaders, public figures, and residents work together to create a More

Pride Parade

Where to Celebrate Pride Month in Albany

Every year, Albany celebrates Pride throughout the month of June. From parades and festivals to More