LGBTQ Tucson: Proud to be Gay-Friendly
Tucson’s progressive culture and relaxed, live-and-let-live attitude have made the city one of the country’s most gay-friendly places to live or visit. If you're part of the LGBTQ community and thinking about visiting or relocating to Tucson, here are just a few factors to consider:
- In 2003, Tucson became the first municipality in Arizona to enact a domestic partner registry law.
- In 2013, Tucson City Council voted unanimously to recognize same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships.
- The City of Tucson is served by several openly LGBTQ public officials, both elected and appointed.
- Major employers, including the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona and corporations like Raytheon and Intuit, sponsor LGBTQ employee organizations.
- Tucson hosts the annual Pride in the Desert celebration in autumn as well as several other LGBTQ-focused events during the year.
- Tucson has LGBTQ bars and clubs, LGBTQ-owned businesses, an LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, LGBTQ social clubs and political organizations, LGBTQ youth groups, and LGBTQ-welcoming places of worship.
And while these are all great reasons to love Tucson, the best reason of all is that you don't have to look for LGBTQ businesses and organizations to find a gay-friendly community.
So, go ahead: Hold hands at the park. Book a couple's massage at the spa. Kiss your partner at dinner. This is Tucson, where open and welcoming is a way of life.
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