June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan and create awareness for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus community. The rainbow symbolizes the vast representation within this community and signals solidarity, as well as safety, for everyone.
This diversity is easy to see while traveling to various parades and festivals held around the globe during Pride.
Here are five great Pride celebrations happening this month, plus where to stay and what to do when you’re in town:
Tel Aviv, Israel
It’s all about crowd participation at the Pride parade in Tel Aviv. There are no barricades here: Attendees promenade along the beach, and the party won’t stop until the Sabbath for the nearly 300,000 people expected to attend this year.
Many visitors consider this Middle Eastern Pride observation to be one of the best anywhere and safe for anyone who wants to join the celebration. If a beach parade wasn’t enticing enough, singer Adam Lambert will be performing at Menora Mivtachim Arena on June 13.
Stay: NYX Hotel Tel Aviv lights up with rainbow colors to show support in June. The rooftop bar has stunning views of downtown Tel Aviv.
In 1983, a rally of approximately 900 people gathered here to march against injustices to the LGBTQ+ community for the first time. Last year, more than 10,000 people took part in the Dublin Pride Parade. Set in the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin Pride has become the country’s second biggest festival in sheer size, after St. Patrick’s Day. This year, the route runs along O’Connell Street to the Pride Village in Merrion Square. An interesting fact: Ireland was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, in 2015.
Stay: The centrally located Iveagh Garden Hotel is near Dublin's lively nightlife scene, which can get loud on the weekends. It’s usually a very quiet neighborhood on the average day.