CT LGBTQ+ Last Updated: August 2023

Connecticut is a place for everyone—so all our fun is LGBTQ+ friendly fun. From being the second state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2008 to passing the parentage act in 2021 and offering great medical resources, the small state of Connecticut has long taken big steps to not only protect LGBTQ+ residents, families and visitors—but to celebrate them.

Recently, Connecticut even became the first-ever state to join the LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) at the global partner level! Plus, Hartford was named one of the best cities for LGBTQ+ couples. The state even offers top-notch LGBTQ+ medical resources including Hartford HealthCare's Center for Gender Health.

Here are some spots and events that are particularly popular with the LGBTQ+ crowd.

The Queen of All Outings — Drag Shows

Drag is never a drag. Connecticut is even home to three of this season's queens on RuPaul's Drag Race! Here’s where to find great drag shows Connecticut.

Events & Celebrations

Live your best life — celebrate Pride and other fun events.

You can also find upcoming Connecticut Pride events and celebrations here or by searching on our events page.



LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses to Support

According to Realtor.com, Hartford is ranked in the top 10 cities for friendly and affordable LGTBQ+ homes — and it's also a great place for LGBTQ+ businesses. Connecticut has so many great businesses owned by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Below are just a few. You can find more here.


CTvisit Celebrates Pride

Connecticut proudly supports and welcomes the LGBTQ+ community. Connecticut is even the first-ever state to join the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) at the global partner level. And this year, we went all-out when celebrating Pride Month!

We had a blast bringing positive vibes to Middletown Pride, one of Connecticut’s top 5 Pride festivals. Governor Lamont made an appearance in the parade – he even wore our shirt!

CTvisit also partnered with the iconic Susanne Bartsch to celebrate NYC Pride. Check out the highlight reel below.



The LGBTQ+ community in Connecticut isn't just growing — it's thriving. Here's what celebrity fashion designer, Christian Siriano, had to say about LGBTQ+ culture in his home state.

Wedding Destinations

Wedding bells are ringing! If you’re planning to tie the knot, Connecticut is home to many exquisite venues to match any aesthetic you’re dreaming of – from rustic and chic to elegant and oceanside. Find out how to plan the perfect LGBTQ+ wedding here.