It is no secret that the people of Madrid know how to have a good time. With a friendly and elaborate party scene, it is clear to see how the city attracts people of all different backgrounds. There are close to half a million LGBT residents in Madrid, which equates to around 10% of the entire city. It is a place that is known to be safe and open-minded.

In history, Spain made the decision to legalize gay marriage back in 2005. It was the 3rd country in the world to do so! They are also supportive when it comes to same-sex legal rights regarding the adoption of children. Throughout the years, many icons of the LGBT community have called Madrid home such as gay poet Federico Garcia Lorca and activist Pedro Zerolo.

Madrid has its own LGBT district known as Chueca. Over the years, it has developed into an up and coming spot that people of the community are known to congregate and celebrate in. There is plenty to see, do, and eat in the barrio. The mix of residents is also of a wide variety; all are welcome!

Each year, the city of Madrid throws a Pride celebration of epic proportions. The festivities include a large parade complete with several other activities such as concerts, races, and games. Whether you are a part of the LGBT community or simply an avid supporter, you will experience just how diverse and accepting Madrid can be.