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