Out and About in Albany: LGBT Resources
Founded more than 400 years ago, Albany is filled with rich history and traditions, beautiful architecture influenced from around the world, spectacular events and entertainment venues, amazing restaurants, and people from all walks of life - including a vibrant and active gay and lesbian community.
A Welcoming Community
Residents, business leaders, community partners, and public figures work together to support the LGBT community.
- The Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Council/Capital Pride Center was the first gay and lesbian community center in the country, and Albany was home to one of the earliest Transgender groups dating back to the 1950s.
- Albany scored a 99% on the Human Rights Campaign's first ever Municipality Equality Index (MEI). The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories: non-discrimination laws; relationship recognition; the municipality's employment practices; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement; and municipal leadership.
- An analysis from the Urban Institute using data from the 2000 U.S. Census gave Albany a Gay Index of 166. This indicates that Albany's Gay and Lesbian population ranks 66% above the national average of 100. The information for this study was self-reported by those wishing to identify as a same-sex household.
- The Huffington Post recently reported that Albany was the 7th most LGBT-friendly city in the United States, as ranked by Vocativ's Queer Index.