The Best Overlooked Cities for Gay Twentysomethings

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“Best cities lists” for those who identify as LGBT are often pretty predictable: New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Provincetown, you know the drill. Lists that continue to look only to these obvious strongholds miss out on a growing number of other equally exciting and progressive locations around the world that are ideal for young people in the LGBT community.

To cull our own list of slightly more under-the-radar cities for LGBT urban dwellers, we took a number of factors into consideration, namely legal protection, social acceptance, LGBT nightlife and economic opportunities (jobs are key) in order to define the very best cities around the world for young queer people. Pack your bags — it’s time to move.

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil

The culture of acceptance towards LGBT people in Sao Paulo has skyrocketed in recent years, a fact highlighted by the participation uptick in the city’s annual pride events. The first, held in 1997, had about 2,000 people in attendance. In 2006? Sao Paulo set the Guinness World Record for the largest gay pride parade in the world: 3 million people (and it’s getting bigger every year).

Additionally, the seventh most populated city on Earth, boasts a thriving LGBT nightlife, a nice complement to the fact that gay marriage was legalized in 2013. The city isn’t cheap, but it serves as the economic exchange capital of South America. The Atlantic Cities ranked it 26th on the list of global “cities that offer the most opportunity” with respect to economic gain.

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Authored By Kathleen French – See the Full Story at Policy Mic

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