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To celebrate LGBTQ History Month, Orbitz asked LGBTQIA+ advocate, YouTube star and RuPaul’s Drag Race choreographer/judge Todrick Hall to share stories about what makes his home state of Texas special. Todrick is a multi-talented singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer and social media personality who rose to prominence on and after his appearance  on American Idol. Also a distinguished Broadway star, Hall has visited more than  60 cities worldwide on sold-out tours. Here, in his own words, are his must-see spots in the Lone Star State, where Hall invites you to get to know Texas for more than just BBQ and live music. 

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Hotel San Jose: Austin 

Photo courtesy of Hotel San Jose

Hotel San Jose is lesbian-owned and located in Austin. With 600-plus 5star reviews, I recommend staying here or stopping by to enjoy the amazing atmosphere. It truly feels like home.

Cathedral of Hope: Dallas 

The Cathedral of Hope is a vibrant, inclusive and progressive congregation in Dallas. It is the largest predominately LGBTQ church in the world. Everyone is welcomed and you are greeted with warmth and acceptance. A total must for anyone visiting my hometown.

The Resource Center: Dallas 

The Resource Center offers many LGBTQ services to the community and operates one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in the United States. This location is near and dear to me as it houses a lot of non-profit events and also provides medical attention. 

Rainbow-themed crosswalk: San Antonio 

Flickr CC: Lee Leblanc

A rainbow-themed crosswalk was installed at the heart of San Antonio’s LGBT district, the intersection of Evergreen Street and Main Avenue. It’s a vibrant sign of solidarity to the LGBTQ+ community and is easily accessible.

Round Up Saloon: Dallas 

Round Up Saloon is a favorite of mine. It was the first time I saw gay men line dancing. It is the epitome of Texas and I even saw Lady Gaga there once. 

Pink Dolphin Monument: Galveston Island 

Wikicommons: Joe Joe Orangias

Pink Dolphin Monument is a public  monument in R.A. Apffel Park/East Beach on Galveston Island. The monument  is dedicated to celebrating gender and sexual minority communities. It’s like the Golden Gate Bridge in SF. You have to get a photo, or were you even there?! 

Station 4: Dallas 

Station 4 is the first gay club I ever went to and has one of the most amazing groups of drag queens. It has a state-of-the-art stage with LED screens, fiber optic curtains and more. The saying goes, “They do everything bigger in Texas,” and S4 really takes that to the next level.

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

Lance Bass’ guide to Los Angeles

Gabbi and Shanna’s guide to New York City

Chris Rhodes’ guide to Austin

Matt and Beau’s guide to New Orleans

Allie and Sam’s guide to Miami

Ravi Roth’s guide to New York City

Follow @Todrick and @Orbitz on Instagram this month for a virtual tour of another top travel destination, L.A., and visit Orbitz.com/Pride for more LGBTQIA-welcoming hotels, travel advice and points of interest.

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