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LGBTQ+ Rights in United States

As a gay man born and raised in the super conservative south, South Carolina to be precise, Trai has been front row to see his small hometown blossom with numerous gay men and women living openly and proudly. Thankfully, the United States has made huge progress on LGBT+ rights over the past two decades, largely from landmark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2003, same-sex sexual activity became legal nationwide when the Supreme Court struck down criminal punishment for sodomy as unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas.

In perhaps the most high profile case regarding LGBT+ rights, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal nationwide in 2015, making the United States one of seven countries to date to legalize gay marriage nationally through court decisions. Similarly, adoption cases made their way through the federal court system and to the Supreme Court in 2016 and 2017, when it became legal for same-sex couples to adopt in all 50 states.

The latest landmark ruling by the Supreme Court which advanced LGBT+ rights occurred in 2020, when the Court prohibited employment discrimination for gay and transgender individuals.

With respect to other LGBT+ rights, men who have sex with men can donate blood with 3-months waiting period and LGBT+ can serve openly in the military. While transgender individuals can change their legal gender on federal documents such as their passport and social security records, rules for state level documents like birth certificates vary by jurisdiction.

Overall, the United States continues to make progress regarding LGBT+ rights although it often feels painfully slow. On the plus side, gay culture is extremely visible in the United States, with huge gay prides and festivals in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and of course in the arts and entertainment worlds among others. In addition, the country has fabulous gay beach/resort towns from Key West to Provincetown and Palm Springs to Miami just to name a few. As such, we would consider the United States one of the most LGBT-friendly destinations in the world. Check out our posts below as we highlight some of our favorite destinations in Gay U.S. of A!

Gay Movie Inspiration

What better travel inspiration for a gaycation to the United States than The Birdcage, starring the hilarious and fabulous duo of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as gay parents living above their gay nightclub on South Beach in Miami!
Trai on the Rocks at Sunset - Playa del Amor, Zipolite
27 Jan 2024

10 Best Gay Nude Beaches in the World

For the 10 best gay nude beaches in the world, join us as we take you on a journey around the globe to countdown ten of our favorites.

2 Jan 2024

Gay Miami – Your Complete LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

Welcome to Gay Miami, Florida, one of the most exciting gay travel destinations in the world! Like in nearby Gay Fort Lauderdale and Gay Key West, the gay traveler is spoiled for choice in Miami in terms of gay hotels, gay beaches, and gay nightlife. If you’re planning a trip here, then read on as we explore the best of Gay Miami!

15 Dec 2023

Gay Key West – Your Complete LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

Known as one of the top international gay travel destinations in the country if not the world, Key West attracts over 250,000 LGBTQ+ visitors annually. With dozens of gay venues from clothing optional guesthouses to super fun bars and clubs, read on to see if visiting this island paradise is right for you!

2 Dec 2023

Gay Fort Lauderdale – Your Complete Gay Travel Guide to Florida's LGBTQ+ Capital

With miles of golden beaches and a seemingly endless list of gay-owned bars, clubs, shops, restaurants, and clothing optional resorts, Fort Lauderdale reigns supreme as Florida's LGBTQ+ capital. If you're planning a trip here, then read on as we explore the best of Gay Fort Lauderdale.

Cafe Beignet- New Orleans
13 May 2022

Gay New Orleans – Your Local Gay Travel Guide to the Big Easy

For a taste of southern decadence, New Orleans plays the consummate host. From Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest to to Gay Pride, New Orleans is a MUST VISIT gay travel destination!

Chicago Theater - Chicago, IL
7 Dec 2021

Gay Chicago – Home of Boystown and Market Days

As the first city in America to designate a neighborhood gay, Chicago knows PRIDE! Read on to find out all the reasons you should book a trip to Gay Chicago!

Amtrak Empire Builder - One Bedroom Sleeper Car
22 Oct 2021

Amtrak Empire Builder – Chicago to Portland/Seattle

Is a long distance train ride on your travel list? If so, read on to learn all about our experience on Amtrak’s Empire Builder!

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Hi! We're Two Gay Expats
Let's travel!

Hola amigos and welcome to our gay travel blog! We are Andy and Trai, a gay couple traveling the world with PRIDE 🌈  …and our rescue dog, Pattie!

After meeting in San Francisco in 2018 and later moving to Chicago, we decided to quit our jobs in 2021, sell everything, and become Two Gay Expats!

If you’d like to follow our adventures, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and add us on social media using the links below. We’d also love to hear from you and meet up if we’re in your city!

❤️ Andy + Trai