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GT: What makes Providence such a great LGBT destination?

PWCVB: Providence is a city that was founded on the notion that people should have personal freedoms and that is a tradition that continues today.  We are a creative, tolerant and exciting city.

GT: What are some hotspots gay and lesbian travelers should check out when they are in Providence?

PWCVB: We have a lot of LGBT nightlife.  The Dark Lady is a great dance club where you can rub elbows with some of the city’s best drag performers.  I think the Stable is a great LBGT bar to have a couple of cocktails with friends.  Providence is known for its restaurant scene.  Saveur magazine recently named us one of the notable small dining destinations in the world and the readers of Travel + Leisure named the city one of their top restaurant cities in their “America’s Favorite Cities” poll.  One top restaurant is the lesbian-owned Rue de L’Espoir, a Providence landmark. 

GT: What are the top five reasons for gay travelers to visit Providence?

PWCVB: Reason #1: We are a great wedding destination.  Same sex marriage is legal in Rhode Island and Providence is a hip, Northeast city without the prices of a New York or Boston.

Reason #2: We don’t just welcome LGBT travel – we encourage it.  The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau has an official “Glambassador” Haley Star, a top local drag performer, who provides content for our website and helps us with our LGBT marketing.

Reason #3:  We are a great arts destination.  As home to the famed Rhode Island School of Design, we have a great arts community and music scene.

Reason #4: We’re a great “hub and spoke” destination.  Boston, the beaches of Rhode Island, Newport, and the Connecticut casinos are all within an hour’s drive.

Reason #5: Our compact, walkable downtown packs plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options.  You don’t need a car.

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