Offering pride festivals, dynamic art scenes and plenty of clubs, the cities of Austin, Dallas , Houston and San Antonio have received acclaim for their acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community. Whether you want to relocate to a new home or are planning a Lone Star State vacation, these gay-friendly Texas cities pride themselves on Southern hospitality. Austin has one of the most active and prominent LGBT communities in the country. Famous for its live music scene, Austin has also become a top-flight culinary and shopping destination thanks to the development of the downtown and South Congress districts. Gay visitors should check out the Fourth Street area, which features a dense cluster of gay dance clubs and bars.
There are few larger and move dynamic concentrations of gay bars and clubs in the world than along the "Strip" in Oak Lawn , the long-time GLBT quadrant of one of the nation's largest cities. You'll find more than a dozen lounges and clubs along with both casual and trendy restaurants as well as plenty of colorful boutiques within a few blocks of each other in this bustling neighborhood centered on the fabulous and flirty intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. Beyond that, you'll find a very fun gay bar, Barbara's Pavillion, over in what's become one of the hippest and quite gay-popular neighborhoods in the city, Oak Cliff, which is home to the arty and trendy Bishop Arts District, which is about a minute drive south of Oak Lawn on the other side of downtown. This formerly modest and more residential neighborhood of small craftsman homes has emerged in recent years into one of the most intriguing districts in Dallas, a pedestrian-friendly, low-keyed antidote to some of the flashier, modern, and sometimes more sprawling areas of the city.
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The prime gathering place for Dallas' LGBT community and just minutes from Downtown Dallas and Uptown, Oak Lawn is known for its lively atmosphere and adventurous nightlife options alongside beautifully maintained homes. Two must-see spots along Cedar Springs Road, the epicenter of the neighborhood's activities, are J. The second floor includes a patio overseeing the busy street below and is a highly sought after spot for Dallas Pride weekend. Sue Ellen's is one the largest lesbian bars in the country — you'll find it right next door to J. Make sure to stop by Cedars Springs Tap House for a beer before hitting up shopping favorites like Flower Reign for unique gifts or Out of the Closet for vintage finds.