Where in the America can the LGBTQ+ community feel proudest and safest to live? You can feel safe and proud in these 5 New York State cities.

In honor of Pride Month, LawnStarter ranked 2023’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities. They took a look at cities all over America to determine the top of the top:

We compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on 20 indicators of an ideal LGBTQ city, such as anti-discrimination policies, the share of same-sex households, and LGBTQ support resources. We also factored in affordability, LGBTQ-friendly health care access, and Pride-readiness."


A Couple Quick Notes

- The top of their ranking is San Francisco (No. 1), Washington (No. 2), and Denver (No. 4).

- All but nine of their 50 bottom cities are located in the South. Although the region is hailed for its warm, welcoming vibe, our data suggests otherwise for LGBTQ+ incomers.

- Alaska is the only red state among the 20 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have not passed at least one of the 83 anti-transgender bills introduced in 2023.

Which New York Cities Made The List?

Overall RankCityOverall ScoreEquality RankCommunity Support RankAffordability RankHealth Care Access RankPride-Readiness Rank
7New York58.012436183831

To add to this amazing list, here are seven cities from Movoto that have a history of being welcoming communities to the LGBT population:

Woodbury, New York
Ithaca, New York
Buffalo, New York
Albany, New York
Syracuse, New York
Rochester, New York
New York City, New York

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