Experience the New Dallas
Dallas is a big city with big ideas, and our LGBT community and culture are no exception.
If it's been a while since you've visited Dallas, it's time to start making new travel arrangements. Lesbian and gay travelers have plenty to see and do. Whether your interests are in the arts and culture, shopping, dining, or nightlife-it's time to experience all that the new Dallas has to offer.
North Texas GLBT Chamber
Dallas Tavern Guild
Dallas LGBT Community Facts
- Dallas boasts the 6th largest LGBT population in the U.S.
- LGBT business travelers ranked Dallas the seventh top destination in the United States, according to the 14th Annual Gay & Lesbian Tourism Study conducted by Community Marketing Inc. (CMI).
- More than 33 LGBT conventions and events have been booked in the past four years with a total economic value of more $37 million (2011).
- There are many Travel Alternatives Group (TAG) Approved® hotels in Dallas. Qualifying properties must agree to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their employment practices, actively outreach to the gay and lesbian community and strive to create a gay-friendly experience for their guests.
- The Cathedral of Hope, the world's largest gay and lesbian church with 30,000 national members, is located in Dallas
- Texas ranks third in the number of same-sex couples behind California and New York.
- Texas ranks No. 1 in the number of same-sex households with children.
- The Oak Lawn neighborhood is nationally recognized and has been the epicenter of the gay community for nearly 30 years.
- Dallas is home to the award-winning all-male choral group, Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC).
Dallas boasts two thriving LGBT neighborhoods located minutes from downtown. Each has a unique atmosphere that radiates through the people and businesses in the neighborhood.
For nearly 30 years, Oak Lawn has been the epicenter of all the LGBT action in Dallas. The Cedar Springs strip is filled with a variety of restaurants, cafes, specialty stores, and a blend of LGBT bars and night clubs, all within a two block walking distance. Throughout the Oak Lawn neighborhood you will encounter many different gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses.
Bishop Arts District
The Bishop Arts District is another popular gayborhoods where arts and dining seamlessly blend together, creating a charming and evolving area. Here you will find an array of art galleries, restaurants and shops situated along a city block. If you're looking to move to Dallas, the Bishop Arts District is a cozy community nestled just southwest of downtown.
Nonprofits and Media
A strong, cooperative LGBT community is one of the top reasons many admire Dallas. Our city boasts many LGBT organizations that strive to educate and offer assistance to our community. From LGBT youth groups to health awareness, support, and practically everything in between, Dallas continues to shine with pride. When it comes to local gay and lesbian media, the Dallas Voice is the premier source for gay and lesbian news and entertainment. Since its launch in 1984, the newspaper has grown to a weekly readership of more than 50,000. New issues are published weekly and distributed to the public across North Texas. An online version is also available at www.dallasvoice.com.
Numerous annual community events attract thousands of patrons and travelers:
- Easter in the Park
- Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade
- Oak Lawn Halloween Street Party
- Life Walk
- Dallas Lesbian Festival
- Dallas Southern Pride
- Outtakes Dallas Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
- Dallas Black Tie Dinner
- Razzle Dazzle Dallas