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There’s no place like New York City, and no better place we can think of to (twice!) highlight for LGBTQ History Month. If you follow Gabi & Shanna of @27Travels, then you already know that the next best thing to traveling the world is seeing the two of them do it, together. These visual queens run a production company on top of an awe-inspiring IG feed that will make you want to plan your next vacation ASAP. Why not start with a tour, in their own words, of their current hometown and #HappyPlace: NYC. 

RELATED: Visit our LGBTQIA travel hub for welcoming hotels, the ultimate queer events calendar, inspiration, and more!

Cubbyhole Bar 

Cubbyhole is one of only three lesbian bars in all of New York City, but it happens to be our favorite because it’s the place where we met! Cubbyhole, located in NYC’s West Village, is small but cozy, and the perfect place to grab a drink and stay a while. The bar is cash only so make sure you have cash on you if you plan on visiting.

LGBTQ+ Greenwich Village History Tour: Urban Adventures

Flickr CC: City Foodsters

Even though NYC is known as being the birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement, the LGBTQ+ history of NYC can be traced even further back than just 1969. The LGBTQ+ History Tour takes you to iconic Queer spots in New York City, like the city’s oldest known gay bar and a gay-owned ice cream shop! Since we have been on this tour, we can tell you first-hand that it’s so much fun and you learn a lot too!


Flickr CC: John Saeyong Ra

Bluestockings is an inclusive bookstore, cafe and activist center. They carry over 6,000 books on topics like feminism, queer history, gender studies and more. Another cool thing about Bluestockings is that they are 100% run by volunteers! They are in the process of moving locations right now, but will be in their new location on 116 Suffolk Street shortly!

MeMe’s Diner, Brooklyn 

Meme’s Diner is a queer-owned restaurant that makes amazing comfort food with a twist. The space is very welcoming and inclusive, and the items on the menu cater to gluten free and vegan diets as well! They are open for dinner on the weekdays and offer brunch on the weekends! 

Conrad New York Downtown 

If you’re visiting NYC and need an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel, Conrad New York Downtown is it. This hotel is trendy and chic and the views from the rooftop bar are incredible! The Conrad’s Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is also famous for its inventive Prosecco and ice pops cocktail, which you absolutely have to try if you stay here!

The Stonewall Inn/Christopher Park 

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We had to close out our list with the most historic LGBTQ+ landmark of them all, the Stonewall Inn. Stonewall was the birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement in 1969 and is still a safe haven today for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a great bar for any vibe, you can have a chill night downstairs or a dance party upstairs! Across the street from Stonewall, you’ll find Christopher Park which is a National Monument and features the Gay Liberation Monument. It’s the perfect place to sit down, relax, and be surrounded by an inclusive community.

For more LGBTQIA travel guides from our influencers, be sure to check out:

Chris Rhodes’ guide to Austin

Allie and Sam’s guide to Miami

Ravi Roth’s guide to New York City

Follow  @27Travels and  @Orbitz  on Instagram this month for a virtual tour of NYC, and share your own #HappyPlace with the world. 

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