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.

Out on the Town

When the weather begins to warm, head to Washington Park to see hundreds of thousands of tulips blooming during our annual Albany Tulip Festival, complete with live music, artists, food, and fun! Show your pride at the Capital Region Pride Parade and Festival throughout the Washington Park/Lark Street area or Black & Latino Gay Pride on the Albany Riverfront in June, or climb aboard for the Big Gay Cruise on the Hudson River! Of course, there's lots of great events and attractions to see in Albany so explore our site to find the perfect activity for you.

If you're looking for an active LGBT nightlife scene, head to Waterworks Pub, and Rocks on Central Avenue or Oh Bar! on Lark Street.


Say 'I Do' 

In 2011, Marriage equality for New York State was passed right here in Albany, making us the sixth and largest state in the nation at the time to pass such legislation.

Albany is the perfect place to say 'I do'. Our variety of elegant and unique properties and settings provide the perfect backdrop for your special occasion.

Albany CVB Weddings Page

Gay Albany Online Wedding Guide

Capital Region Pride Center Wedding Guide


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