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California is one of the richest and most dynamic states in the USA. It’s home to multiple world-class gay scenes.

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The Woods Resort Guerneville California
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The Woods Resort

Great location. Nice bathrooms.

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Guerneville : 3-star

Rooftop pool.

The London West Hollywood

Rooftop pool. Close to WeHo nightlife.

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Los Angeles : 4-star

La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa
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La Dolce Vita Resort

Popular gay hotel. Great location.

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Palm Springs : 3-star

Courtyard Sacramento Midtown Hotel
Convenient location.

Courtyard Sacramento Midtown Hotel

Convenient location. Helpful staff.

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Sacramento : 3-star

Near Union Square.

Hotel DIVA

Near Union Square. Modern rooms. Popular with gay guests.

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San Francisco : 3-star

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 | various venues San Diego | 18-Jul-2020 until 19-Jul-2020 This event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Please check the official website for further detai...

 | Palm Springs Convention Center Palm Springs | 16-Sep-2020 until 20-Sep-2020 The Dinah Shore Week 2020 has rescheduled due to coronavirus. It was supposed to take place from 1-6 Apri...

 | Various Palm Springs | 2020-Nov Palm Springs Pride is one of the latest Pride events of the year in the USA. It’s always sunny in P...

 | Various Palm Springs, CA | 30-Nov-2020 One of the world's biggest circuit parties - unmissable!

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The Silver Fox

 | Long Beach

Long-running gay nightclub in Long Beach (since 1981). The Silver Fox was the first video...

The Abbey

The Abbey

 | Los Angeles

This multi-level cafe bar in West Hollywood is an L.A. gay institution and definitely makes for one...

Eagle LA


 | Los Angeles

Popular gay leather bar on Santa Monica Blvd, in the heart of the L.A. gay scene. This bar will...

RetroRoom Lounge Palm Springs California

RetroRoom Lounge

 | Palm Springs

Gay bar RetroRoom Lounge with retro-styled, Hollywood-inspired interior is known for its relaxed...

The Depot Sacramento

The Depot

 | Sacramento

Lively crowds, strong drinks and racy music videos are what you can expect from this popular...

Badlands Sacramento

Badlands Sacramento

 | Sacramento

Well-known gay nightclub & bar in Midtown, Sacramento. Badlands has multiple bars, disco-style...

Faces Sacramento


 | Sacramento

Popular gay nightclub in Sacramento. Faces is equipped with 3 dance floors,  15 bars, VIP lounge...

Mo's Bar and Grill San Diego

MO’s Bar & Grill

 | San Diego

Gay bar & restaurant and a hotspot for the LGBT community in San Diego. MO’s Bar &...

Martinis Above Fourth San Diego

Martinis Above Fourth

 | San Diego

This upmarket, award-winning San Diego gay bar offers a contemporary lounge space, casual fine...


 | San Francisco

Home to the USA’s longest-running queer burlesque show, The STUD has played host to many LGBT...

Powerhouse San Francisco Bar California


 | San Francisco

SoMa’s biggest, best-known gay cruise club, with a 50-year legacy of servicing the leather,...

Q Bar

 | San Francisco

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district, Q Bar is a gay club and popular...

Club OMG

 | San Francisco

Gay nightclub in downtown San Francisco. OMG has a full bar with nicely-lit dome roof and dance...

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News & Features

A Gay Guide to the Castro

The Casto is San Francisco’s legendary gay district. It became one of America’s first gaybourhoods. In the 70s, following the Stonewall Uprising and the first Pride march, the Castro was the headquarters of the gay liberation movement. Read more

Palm Springs

Gay Palm Springs – Bars, Hotels, History & Events

At least half of its residents are LGBT+. In purely numerical terms, Palm Springs is America’s gayest city. Read more


Things To Do In West Hollywood

West Hollywood has one of the world’s best gay scenes. It’s estimated that 40% of the population is LGBT+. Read more

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