Nowhere else in the United States does the word “freedom” mean so much as in the Cradle of Liberty. This sentiment applies just as much, if not more, to members of the LGBT community, considering Boston’s status as the first to legalize gay marriage, a victory spawning from legislation proposed as early as 1973. This progressivism could perhaps be attributed to its standing as a hotbed of intellectualism, with Harvard and MIT leading the ranks of top-name institutions in the gay-friendly adjacent Cambridge areas, or—more simply and historically—to its pre-revolutionary principles of upholding liberty for all.

In Boston, it’s easy to have pride both for the people you stand with and the country you stand for. For the former, there’s the annual Pride Festival, a thriving LGBT scene with mixed crowds and styles, and traditionally gay South End, whose 30 beautiful parks, lovely Victorian brownstones, thriving arts, and fine restaurants have attracted families of all makeups. As for a healthy dose of patriotism, that comes with every step in this walkable, 48-square-mile city. Walk the same cobbled lanes Paul Revere galloped through, gape at a tall ship so like the three of the Boston Tea Party, and pay your respects to our founding fathers at their burial sites, or to Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution. On the more contemporary side, cheer or jeer at the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics; visit the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium; have a drink at the original Cheers bar; or taste award-winning cuisine in the North End. Exercise your right to pursue happiness; in Boston, you’re “free” to do it all.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene, centered around the South End and in Cambridge
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since May 2004

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The Fairmont Copley Plaza


This luxury downtown Boston landmark hotel has been a symbol of the city's rich history and elegance since its gala opening in 1912. To celebrate the centennial anniversary, the Copley Plaza hotel has completed an exciting $20 million plus renovation and restoration project. After over 100 years, the historic landmark is shining brighter than ever before.

W Boston


With views of Boston's glimmering city lights, W Boston Hotel overlooks the 24/7 Theatre District. The 235 rooms are equipped with visionary amenities including LCD TVs, signature W beds and innovative decor. Savor and sip cocktails in the vibrant W Lounge or unwind with a detoxifying treatment at Bliss Spa. Plan a personalized itinerary with the W Insider. W Boston's Whatever/Whenever philosophy pampers guests with "whatever you want, when-ever you want it" and inv ...

Sheraton Boston Hotel


Sheraton Boston Hotel is perfectly situated downtown within the desirable Back Bay neighborhood. Maximize your time by staying in the heart of the city. Our hotel is within walking distance of Boston's best attractions, from fan- favorite Fenway Park and trendy Newbury Street, to the historic Boston Common and scenic Charles River. Access more than 200 shops and eateries through our indoor connections to the premium Shops at the Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall.

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