Visiting Santa Fe and its Gay Community
Our streets are narrow, our minds are not.
It doesn’t take long to feel at home in the City Different. For centuries, Santa Fe has opened its arms to travelers with diverse interests and different backgrounds. All in search of discovery wonder and adventure.
To visit Santa Fe is to step into an enchanting world where natural and man-made beauty converge in a symphony of visual and sensual stimulation unique to New Mexico. The city specifically caters to gay and lesbian travelers, both couples and singles, with a wide spectrum of activities and destinations.
In the early 20th century, Santa Fe began growing as an artist’s haven, welcoming a diverse group of writers, painters, socialites, and photographers eager for new subject matter and a different life. That same open-armed spirit remains today and Santa Fe trails only San Francisco among U.S. metro areas in percentage of households headed by same-sex partners.
A destination for gay and lesbian couples and singles, Santa Fe is home to many gay-popular and gay-owned shops, restaurants, and bars located throughout town. Each June for the last several decades, the Plaza, the heart of Santa Fe, plays host to Pride on the Plaza, the Santa Fe Gay Pride Celebration. Every fall, Closet Cinema hosts the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance keeps a busy schedule of LGBTQ events year ’round.
The city of Santa Fe itself is a leader in gay rights, offering domestic partnership benefits to its employees.
From Anasazi ruins to a Japanese mountain spa, world renowned restaurants and legendary hotels and resorts, Santa Fe is sure to delight anyone. Catering to the finest of tastes, Santa Fe is also home to some of the most exquisite museums, galleries and performing arts venues in America. Shopping is incomparable and the fresh mountain air will soothe any soul.