Toronto ranked one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly places on the planet

Oct 9 2019, 9:45 am

While Torontonians can acknowledge the perks of living in one of the country’s most booming cities, it’s pretty cool to get recognition from the rest of the world, too.

Because who doesn’t need a little boost now and again?

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet recently jumped into the Toronto-loving ring by including the city in its list of “The most gay-friendly places on the planet.”

The city’s ranking comes third, behind Copenhagen, Denmark and New Zealand.

Capturing “progressive, inclusive, and accepting destinations” and highlighting the most welcoming places for LGBTQ+ folks to visit, the piece describes Toronto as “a beacon for the LGBTQ traveller in North America.”

Shining a spotlight on The Village, the story discusses the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood as “the cultural hub of the city, bursting with galleries, theatres, and gay-friendly businesses.”

Noting that Canada is the most advanced and progressive nation in the Americas for the LGBTQ+ community, the piece applauds Toronto’s annual Pride event that envelops the village every year.

“Home to a huge Pride event that includes a Dyke March, plus a well-established LGBTQ community centre, gay sub-culture has blossomed and thrived in The Village for decades and will no doubt continue to do so for many more,” the story says.

Plus, it notes, the “fabulous Halloween on Church block party is one of the events of the year.”

It really is a dazzling affair, and it’s happening in only a couple weeks’ time.