Gay Missouri

Gay Missouri

The Show-Me State has vibrant queer communities if you know where to look


About Missouri

Missouri may seem an unlikely destination for LGBTQ travellers, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find diverse, welcoming cities like Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. Though rural areas remain conservative, these metro hubs boast lively gay villages, clubs, advocacy groups and arts scenes where queers feel at home.

In Kansas City, go bar-hopping in the vibrant River Market district or take in Drag Queen Story Hour at the City Library. St. Louis tempts with pride parades, queer theatre at the Grove neighbourhood and the LGBT History Museum. Outdoorsy types can trek to nearby state parks from either city. Meanwhile, Columbia balances small-town charm with progressive College Town values near the Ozarks' rolling hills.

Whether you seek queer culture, community and nightlife or just a place to be yourself amid natural splendour, Show-Me State cities show Missouri does have a place for LGBTQ travellers of all stripes. Just steer clear of the conservative rural Bible Belt between metros.

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