12 finest locations to have fun LGBTIQ+ pleasure in Europe for 2022

After a two-year hiatus, Europe’s finest LGBTIQ+ locations return this summer time with stay, in-person pleasure occasions that will probably be bursting with pent-up queer power.

Anticipate boisterous crowds assembly in individual for the primary time in what looks like perpetually. Nevertheless it’s not nearly dancing, ingesting and hooking up. We’re additionally highlighting conservative Japanese European international locations whose queer residents should nonetheless struggle for fundamental rights whereas battling harassment and worse.

Prepare for a rainbow-lit Eiffel Tower, Huge Ben and Colosseum however spare a thought for our LGBTIQ+ siblings from Kyiv rapidly pressured to arrange a pleasure occasion in Poland with Warsaw Pleasure, thwarted by a nonsensical and devastating struggle of aggression.

This is your information to one of the best of Europe Pleasure 2022.

A big crowd gathers in assist of the LGBTIQ+ as a part of Baltic Pleasure in Vilnius, Lithuania © Ja’Crispy / Getty

Vilnius, Lithuania

2022 Pleasure dates: June 1-5. Baltic Pride is the annual LGBTIQ+ Pleasure celebration that alternates among the many three Baltic international locations – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The principle occasion takes place Saturday, June 4. 

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: With only a handful of LGBTIQ+ venues, Vilnius has no outlined gayborhood. The small queer group is pleasant regardless of the pressures of dwelling in a conservative society with out the identical protections as LGBTIQ+ folx in additional progressive European cities. Nonetheless, town charms with intact historic structure whereas fearlessly highlighting darker chapters from Soviet and Nazi durations. A straightforward 1.5-hour practice trip from Vilnius, Kaunas, Lithuania is one among three 2022 European Capitals of Tradition – together with Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg and Novi Unhappy, Serbia – a compelling vacation spot for modern and historic artwork and structure.

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Sitges, Spain

2022 Pleasure dates: June 8-12. Sitges Pride precedes Barcelona’s extra large gathering by a few weeks and has change into more and more well-liked with younger LGBTIQ+ folx from all through Western Europe seeing extra genuine, smaller prides.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Simply 40 minutes south of Barcelona by practice, Sitges is a small Catalan seaside city that’s proudly LGBTIQ+ pleasant. There are homosexual motels, bars and golf equipment largely concentrated within the heart of city. Any of the 17 seashores will probably be LGBTIQ+ pleasant, however Platja de la Bassa Rodona is the primary LGBTIQ+ seashore together with Cala de l’Dwelling Mort and Platja dels Balmins, that are the nude seashores a bit farther from the city heart.

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A demonstration for the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community at Rome Pride
An indication for the rights of the LGBTIQ+ group at Rome Pleasure © Gennaro Leonardi / Getty

Rome, Italy

2022 Pleasure dates: June 6-12. Rome Pride is colourful and full of life, particularly the parade (June 11). The juxtaposition of the thumping, horny floats set in opposition to world well-known landmarks just like the Piazza Venezia is a pleasure to behold.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Homosexual Avenue, the queer neighborhood of Rome inside view of the Colosseum, is a extremely social 300-meter lengthy pedestrian road with procuring, bars and lodging well-liked with queer folx however primarily homosexual males who benefit from the alternative to satisfy in individual quite than on hook-up aps. 

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Cologne, Germany

2022 Pleasure dates: June 18-July 3. Cologne Gay Pride is Germany’s largest LGBTIQ+ celebration and one of many greatest in Europe. Highlights embrace the CSD Avenue Competition, (July 1-3) which takes place in lots of the metropolis’s public squares and the Pleasure Parade (CSD Demonstration) on July 3.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Cologne boasts two queer neighborhoods. Heumarkt-Mathiasstrasse on the east aspect and packed filled with bars, caters to a extra mature, leather-oriented crowd. Youthful guests will need to head west for bars and golf equipment clustered round Rudolfplatz-Schaafenstrasse. Don’t trouble with automobile providers. The underground subway system, the S-Bahn is environment friendly, fast and low-cost. 

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Painting the town rainbow for Barcelona gay pride
Portray the city rainbow for Barcelona homosexual pleasure © Artem Bolshakov / Getty Pictures

Barcelona, Spain

2022 Pleasure dates: June 23-26. Barcelona Pride is a huge, fabulous occasion. The organizers are nonetheless finalizing the lineup, however the parade will happen on June 25. 

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Barcelona, the second largest metropolis in Spain, is without doubt one of the most secure and finest locations in Europe for LGBTIQ+ locals and guests. You’ll discover a heat welcome all through town however notably in L’Eixample, across the iconic Plaça de Catalunya and fondly often known as Gayxample. For North American guests particularly: be aware that comfortable hour in bars begins round midnight so sure, it’s a really late scene. 

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A group of young black men march in the Paris Pride parade
A bunch of younger black males march within the Paris Pleasure parade © Daniel Gauthier / Getty

Paris, France

2022 Pleasure dates: June 25. Paris Pride unfurls over in the future, and town will get packed. Try the parade however the actual occasion will happen in Le Marais after, particularly alongside Rue des Archives, Rue du Temple and Rue Vieille du Temple.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: France decriminalized homosexuality in 1791 and Paris has all the time been a beacon for LGBTIQ+ folx and different nonconformists. Le Marais within the 4th arrondissement remains to be the first queer neighborhood although many LGBTIQ+ venues closed or moved as a result of spiking lease costs and the results of the pandemic. Pop in to l’Open Café earlier than it closes completely the day after pleasure, and hit Cox, Quetzel or FreeDJ for drinks and to satisfy locals.

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Warsaw, Poland

2022 Pleasure dates: June 25. In a present of solidarity KyivPride and Warsaw Pride will march collectively in Warsaw, one other sufferer of Russia’s unprovoked struggle in Ukraine. 

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Whereas Poland is without doubt one of the worst international locations for LGBTIQ+ individuals in Europe, society is slowing changing into extra tolerant. There is no such thing as a out-and-proud gayborhood, however there are a couple of enjoyable homosexual bars, golf equipment and cafes sprinkled all through town, with probably the most within the central Śródmieście district. You’ll discover an lively bear group right here (and the younger cubs who love them), and there’s been a surge of month-to-month homosexual events of all flavors. Pleasure is anticipated to attract 80,000 to Warsaw, so you’ll really feel comfy and surrounded by kin.

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A kiss on the street during London Pride
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London, United Kingdom

2022 Pleasure dates: July 2. Pride in London will blow your rainbow-colored socks off. The rowdy parade winds via a few of the most iconic websites within the metropolis together with Huge Ben and Piccadilly Circus. It’s extra political and fewer business than its counterpart in NYC – extra socialist lesbians than Citibank senior employees. The parade ends at Trafalgar Sq. the place colossal LGBTIQ+ crowds rework central London into an enormous road occasion.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Soho is the most important and finest recognized LGBTIQ+ neighborhood in London with an enormous focus of bars and golf equipment although you’ll discover queer venues spanning the complete metropolis from the golf equipment in Vauxhall to east London’s homosexual bars. There are so few lesbian bars left on the planet, that it’s price noting She Soho Bar, the must-go venue for ladies, is prospering.

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Stockholm, Sweden

2022 Pleasure dates: August 1-7. Stockholm Pride is a joyful, colourful occasion. The parade (Saturday, August 6) is anticipated to draw 50,000 members making it the most important such occasion in Scandinavia.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Sweden is taken into account among the many most liberal and progressive locations on the planet so it’s no marvel there isn’t a single district thought-about to be the LGBTIQ+ neighborhood although you’ll discover many queer-popular eating places, golf equipment and cafes within the island district of Södermalm and Gamla Stan (Outdated City). Stockholm is particularly welcoming to non-binary and trans of us as evidenced in each favorable laws and within the prevalence of gender-neutral rest room amenities and outfitters. 

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Roxanne and Maartje, founders of the Lesbian Travel Blog Once Upon A Journey, celebrate Amsterdam Pride
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

2022 Pleasure dates: July 30-August 7. Amsterdam Pride has two main highlights, together with the distinctive Canal Parade (Saturday, August 6) and the annual Pleasure Stroll (Saturday, July 30). The Canal Parade gathers 100,000s of primarily straight spectators to look at rainbow-bedecked rivercraft floating by alongside Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. The Pleasure Stroll consists largely of queer individuals, with a particular enchantment for lesbians and trans of us, marching this 12 months for these international locations the place LGBTIQ+ individuals don’t take pleasure in the identical rights as they do within the Netherlands.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Amsterdam is without doubt one of the most LGBTIQ+ pleasant locations on the planet so all over the place is just about queer pleasant however you’ll discover the homosexual space alongside Reguliersdwarsstraat. You’ll discover Bar Buka, the one lesbian bar, within the de Pijp neighborhood.

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Revelers out for a fun time at the Brighton Pride Parade
Revelers out for a enjoyable time on the Brighton Pleasure Parade © MagicBones / Shutterstock

Brighton, United Kingdom

2022 Pleasure dates: August 5-7. Brighton and Hove Pride is small however mighty. Whereas London is extra political and attracts a bigger crowd, Brighton is extra lighthearted and occasion oriented, attracting large headliner acts like Christina Aguilera (Saturday, August 6). It additionally attracts a extra seen lesbian presence. 

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: Brighton and Hove are located seaside solely about an hour by practice from London and the city itself is like an LGBTIQ+ neighborhood of London. You’ll discover queer-friendly venues all through city. Try The Marlborough Pub and Theatre, particularly well-liked with the trans and lesbian communities. 

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Valletta, Malta

2022 Pleasure dates: September 2-11. Malta Gay Pride takes place within the stunningly stunning capital of Valletta when the climate is simply excellent.

Should-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: There is no such thing as a gayborhood however there are LGBTIQ+ venues scattered throughout the small island of 400,000 and within the tiny however elegant capital metropolis Valletta, which is just 0.61 sq. kilometers (0.24 sq mi) – Europe’s smallest capital – with a inhabitants of 5730. As soon as sleepy and conservative, Malta solely legalized divorce in 2013, however a extra liberal authorities in workplace has since launched protections for LGBTIQ+ individuals, together with banning conversion remedy, legalizing same-sex marriage and introducing a 3rd gender possibility on their passports. Have a good time these comparatively new rights with a drink at lesbian-owned HMS Maori, located on the waterfront overlooking the eponymous naval wreck.

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