Here are some – but certainly not all – of the world's most popular gay-friendly hotels and travel destinations:
The British capital has an enviable reputation as one of the world's most gay-friendly cities, with dozens of gay-friendly bars and clubs in Soho, which is close to major attractions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery. Like the rest of Western Europe, and all of the other cities mentioned in this article, hotels cannot discriminate against LGBT customers due to strict services laws.
If you're looking to be close to Soho's most famous gay-oriented bars, such as G-A-Y Bar, Village, The Shadow Lounge, Rupert Street and The Yard, consider booking a room near bustling Leicester Square. Sought-after venues include the trendy, hospitable Z Hotel Soho, the opulent Park Grand London Paddington, or the very stylish W London Leicester Square.
With the highest gay population in North America, New York has long been a favoured destination for LGBT travellers. The Big Apple's main gay village is in Chelsea, where you can find numerous cosmopolitan bars and clubs such as Boxers NYC, The Eagle NYC, and Barracuda.
Chelsea is also noted for its attractive town houses, thriving food market, and 19th-century Pike's Opera House, and is adjacent to the impressive Ladies' Mile Historic District. For a truly unforgettable experience, stay at the exclusive Dream Downtown hotel, the enchanting Eventi - a Kimpton Hotel, or the affordable but equally elegant Courtyard New York Manhattan/Chelsea.
Most of the City of Lights' LGBT-oriented venues are in the elegant Le Marais district, which is revered for its sophisticated cafés, historic boutiques, and the magnificent Musée Carnavalet, which exhibits Paris' illustrious past.
Well-known gay nightlife venues here include Le Cued, Cox Bar, Raidd Bar and Freedj, all of which are within walking distance or just a short Metro journey from the extraordinary Notre Dame Cathedral. Reputed hotels in Le Marais include the majestic Hotel Dupon-Smith, the refined and affordable Vieux Marais hotel, and the friendly and well-presented Le 1er Etage.
Many of Barcelona's friendly gay bars and clubs are centred on the Eixample district, which features many striking Modernista landmarks designed by the prominent architects Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia and Antoni Gaudí.
For gay-themed nightlife venues with fantastic atmospheres, consider the Night bar, People Lounge, or Átame. For gay-friendly hotels you could choose the high-end H10 Urquinaona Plaza Hotel, the exquisite H10 Metropolitan, and the value-for-money Hotel Granvia.
Celebrated for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is renowned for its Asian Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art, and has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.
The Castro district is a famous LGBT-friendly neighbourhood in the city, home to popular nightlife venues such as Powerhouse and Badlands, and excellent hotels such as the very fashionable Casa Luna San Francisco and the welcoming Inn on Castro.