Asheville,  LGBT

Asheville is a top destination for LGBT relocation

Asheville has been recognized as one of the top cities for the LGBTQ+ community by national and location organizations and news outlets, including the Human Rights Campaign,, Huffington Post, OutTraveler, USA Today, and the Denver Post.

And there’s a lot to be said for why. While we don’t have any gayborhoods like you might find in larger metros, we do have a thriving community that values diversity in virtually every sector of life.

It’s not difficult to find a queer friendly bar, a queer friendly gym, or enjoy life in Asheville as a queer person.

While there are a thousand reasons why Asheville is gay friendly town, I wanted to highlight what other’s are saying about Asheville.

Here’s what these outlets had to say about gay life in Asheville.

Human Rights Campaign: Perfect Score on Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is a comprehensive measure of municipal policies, laws, and services that support the LGBTQ+ community. Asheville received a perfect score on the 2020 MEI, signifying the city’s dedication to ensuring equal rights and protections for all of its residents. This recognition highlights Asheville’s commitment to creating a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ community, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an inclusive and accepting community. Asheville Named “Gayest City in America” in 2012

In 2012,, a leading online publication dedicated to LGBTQ+ news and culture, named Asheville as one of the “Gayest Cities in America.” This recognition was based on factors such as the number of LGBTQ+ residents, the presence of LGBTQ+ organizations and events, and the city’s overall culture of inclusivity.

Huffington Post: Asheville Named a Top “Gay-Friendly City” in 2015

The Huffington Post ranked Asheville as one of the top “Gay-Friendly Cities You Should Visit” in 2015. The publication highlighted Asheville’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community, its progressive values, and its welcoming atmosphere. This recognition is a testament to the city’s efforts to promote inclusivity and equality for all residents and visitors.

OutTraveler: Asheville Named “Best Small City for Gay Travelers” in 2015

OutTraveler, a travel-focused publication catering to LGBTQ+ travelers, named Asheville as one of the “Best Small Cities for Gay Travelers” in 2015. The publication noted Asheville’s thriving LGBTQ+ community, diverse cultural offerings, and scenic beauty as reasons why the city is a must-visit destination for gay travelers.

USA Today: Asheville Named a Top Small Town for LGBT Travelers in 2018

In 2018, USA Today named Asheville as one of the “10 Best Small Towns for LGBT Travelers.” The publication praised Asheville’s charming downtown area, vibrant arts scene, and welcoming attitude toward the LGBTQ+ community. This recognition confirms Asheville’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive destination for all.

Blogs Naming Asheville as a Top Spot for LGBT Relocation

The previous examples are all high profile publications, so I thought I’d provide a few more sources from lesser known authors and media outlets for your reference.

These blog posts and articles highlight Asheville’s welcoming community, inclusive policies, thriving LGBTQ+ scene, and natural beauty as reasons why it is a top city for LGBT relocation and living.

These rankings and recognitions show that Asheville is a welcoming and inclusive place for the LGBTQ+ community.

I'm Dylan Lennon, an Asheville local, the founder of this Asheville Real Estate website, and a Realtor in Asheville. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I appreciate your time spent on this site and am always open to suggestions and ideas from our readers. You can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or contact me through this website. I'd love to hear from you.

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