Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride All Year Long: 10 Queer Hotspots

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Drag queen in colorful dress (L). Rolled handkerchief patterned with the rainbow flag on a pink background (R). Jav Gutierrez/Juan Moyano/Getty

Countries around the world are gearing up for Pride month, when the streets are transformed into rainbow havens filled with marches, parties and concerts in support of LGBTQIA+ people and rights. While held in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots, this month isn't the only time to pay tribute to queer icons and advocate for acceptance. From London bookstore Gay's the Word to Berlin's club SchwuZ, here are some of the places where inclusivity of all genders and sexual orientations is celebrated year round.

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Sour Cherry Comics store in SF. Sour Cherry Comics

Sour Cherry Comics
San Francisco

Owner Leah Morrett, who opened the shop in March, says she "wanted to create a gender-inclusive, queer-focused space." The comics, graphic novels and books stocked range from indie publishers like Black Mask Studios to the more mainstream DC Comics. The shop also hosts community-centered events, from writing workshops to sewing parties.

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Roshell Terranova poses for photo with her recognition during an event to recognize celebrities who support the LGBTQIA+ Community in Mexico on June 26, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. Medios y Media/Getty

Club Roshell
Mexico City

Founded by activist and actress Roshell Terranova, who fought for trans rights in the city, Club Roshell hosts drag shows, cabarets and comedy nights. The staff, trained makeup artists, will even help you perfect your winged eyeliner, and workshops are available to learn for yourself.

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ArQuives in Canada. ArQuives

The ArQuives
Toronto, Canada

Formerly known as the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the institution is home to one of the world's largest queer historical collections. The artifacts take visitors on a journey through Canada's gay liberation movement, showcasing items from flags and posters to art, recordings and publications.

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Gay pride celebration in Buenos Aires. Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty

Casa Brandon
Buenos Aires

Not only is Casa Brandon a bar, it describes itself as a queer cultural club, offering an art gallery with various expos, movie screenings and live music and drag shows. All of the venue's art and events focus on promoting sexual diversity.

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Gay's the Word in London. Gay's the Word

Gay's the Word
London

The oldest LGBT bookshop in the U.K., it was founded in January 1979 by a group of queer socialists as a community space. Organizers used the shop to provide resources and event information, as well as to host music nights. Today, the shop continues to hold community events and offers books with a wide range of voices.

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SchwuZ
Berlin

If you want to get your dance on, this is the spot to party all night. The club is a former brewery, where the dance themes and decor pay homage to queer icons like Madonna. Events include talent shows, along with panels and readings.

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Friends singing and dancing together. Getty

Pink Candy
Cape Town

It's always a party on the dance floor at this club, one of the most popular venues in Cape Town. Expect a mixed crowd of locals and international travelers and DJs from all over.

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Gay pride celebrations and local LGBT organizations in Tel Aviv, Israel. Laura Chiesa/Getty

Shpagat
Tel Aviv

A touchstone of the Tel Aviv queer community, Shpagat is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., so you can grab a coffee, then happy hour and maybe even stay to dance to one of the guest DJs from around the world. It goes without saying, but all are welcome here.

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Pink Tiffany
Kathmandu

Nepal's first openly queer-friendly bar in Nepal, Pink Tiffany was founded by entrepreneur Meghna Lama as a safe space for people of all genders and sexual orientations to gather and discuss issues over reasonably priced snacks and drinks.

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The exterior of The Imperial Hotel. The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel
Sydney

The retro-styled pub was a backdrop for the 1994 musical The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and now hosts drag performances on the main stage, as well as Honcho Disko, a monthly art club, in the basement. Be prepared to disco til closing time at four in the morning.