Cleveland is out. With a mayor who created a domestic partner registry to a city that illuminated its most iconic building with the rainbow colors of pride, Cleveland welcomes each and every visitor regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Explore the LGBTQ Culture in Cleveland
Gaze at artifacts from Madonna or Elton John at the Rock Hall, get your Broadway show tune fix at PlayhouseSquare, dine at the restaurants of celeb chefs or take in the boisterous harmonies, glittering sequins and fabulous choreography of a performance by the North Coast Men's Chorus. Or, head over to the trendy neighborhoods of Lakewood, Ohio City, Tremont, Coventry and the Detroit-Shoreway that serve as areas for gay nightlife and culture.
LGBTQ Travel Resources
Get the 411 on LGBTQ support organizations and other traveler tips to know before planning your trip to Cleveland.
- Click here to request a printed Cleveland LGBT Travel Guide or view a digital copy here.
- For access to a plethora of LGBTQ services and resources, contact the Cleveland Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center.
- Cleveland Pride hosts an annual event to celebrate Cleveland’s LGBTQ diversity. Northeast Ohio’s largest LGBTQ Pride festival occurs every June at Voinovich Park with a parade, food/beverages and entertainment.
- The latest news on Cleveland's LGBTQ community can be found in the Gay People's Chronicle online for more information on Cleveland's arts, culture and entertainment scene.
- The MetroHealth Pride Clinic at Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center is the first clinic of its kind in Ohio, a facility devoted to serving the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community. If you or your partner is in need of medical attention while visiting Cleveland, know that you have patient rights. For more information contact
MetroHealth or visit www.metrohealth.org/prideclinic.
- Looking to do business with LGBTQ-owned and other allied businesses? Visit Plexus, Cleveland's LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
- The City Club of Cleveland has supported free expression of all ideas and personal freedoms for 97 years. The City Club's facility is perfect for commitment ceremonies, weddings and other events.
- The United Church of Christ, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Old Stone Church are popular downtown churches that are known for their commitment to their LGBTQ parishioners. But, there are many more gay-affirming churches in Cleveland. For a more complete list visit LGBT Ministries of Cleveland.