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The winners of the 2016 Best of GayCities travel awards have been announced

The winners of the 2016 Best of GayCities travel awards have been announced at a ceremony in Las Vegas, and San Francisco was voted Best City of 2016.

London was voted joint top city to be gay and single. Image: Franckreporter via Getty images
London was voted joint top city to be gay and single. Image: Franckreporter via Getty images

Orlando won the honorary award, City of the Year, for its compassion and resilience in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub massacre. Innovator of the Year was awarded to Richard Gray of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau in Florida for creating the first destination marketing programme for the transgender community.

The Christopher Street Day gay parade in Berlin. Image: Adam Berry/AFP/Getty Images
The Christopher Street Day gay parade in Berlin. Image: Adam
Berry/AFP/Getty Images

The travel site announced that the Berlin and London were jointly voted the top places to be LGBT and single. Hundreds of thousands of people attend Berlin’s LGBTQ festivals each year, including the Christopher Street Day parade, which dates back to 1979 and Berlin Pride. The city also established Germany’s first major gay asylum centre for refugees from war-torn countries.

The Christopher Street Day gay parade in Berlin. Image: Adam Berry/AFP/Getty Images
The Christopher Street Day gay parade in Berlin. Image: Adam
Berry/AFP/Getty Images

The New Orleans festival, Southern Decadence, was chosen as the best festival destination. Other prize-winners include Madrid in Spain (Foodie Paradise), Puerto Vallarta in Mexico (Fun in the Sun), SoMa in San Francisco (Hottest Gayborhood), Stockholm (Up-and-Coming Destination), Aspen, Colorado (Winter Wonderland) and New York City (Cultural Capital).

London was voted joint top city to be gay and single. Image: Braden Summers
London was voted joint top city to be gay and single. Image: Braden Summers

The GayCities awards were held in partnership with Community Marketing and Insight’s 17th annual LGBTQ tourism conference.