Did you know that June is Pride Month? What better way to celebrate than to learn about the LGBTQIA+ history than to visit sites known for their significance to the queer community? Throughout the United States there are tons of places that have a rich LGBTQIA+ history and here are three you should visit.
Jacob Riis Park in New York City, New York
Jacob Riis Park, also known as Riis Beach or Riss, is a queer-friendly spot that’s been popular since the ’40s. The beach was known as a place where gay people sunbathe nude and today it’s one of NYC’s most diverse beaches and it’s thriving during the summer and over Pride weekend.
Dixie’s Bar of Music in New Orleans, Louisiana
During the ’50 and ’60s, New Orleans had a thriving queer community and Dixie’s Bar was one of the first gay bars in the city. The bar was a happening spot where artists and writers like Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal were regulars. The bar has a lot of significance for NOLA’s gay community.
GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, California
Considered to be San Francisco’s “queer Smithsonian”, the GLBT History Museum has a collection of materials relating to the U.S.’s queer history from the 1850s to the present with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ communities in San Francisco and Northern California.