Cities like San Francisco, New York, London, and Berlin have historically been the Swiss army knives of LGBTQ life: They’re considered the best places to live, work, and play if you’re young, single, and gay.
Today, queer birds of a feather still flock blindly to these popular metropoles, but living in a city is like living with a lover. Staying tethered to a town just because of its queer history is like staying in a relationship just because it’s safe.
For single queer folx unburdened by work or family, heed the immortal words of Mama Ru: “If you can’t love someone else, at least love where you live.” Okay, maybe she never said that — but the sentiment is still valid. Whether you’re in search of a strong queer community, a culture of acceptance, a less expensive lifestyle, or a vibrant cultural hub, life in one of these underrated cities for LGBTQ singles may help you find happiness with the most important love of your life — yourself.
1. Cologne, Germany
Queer folx in a monogamous relationship with Berlin need to break up and expand their horizons. Cologne is like the other LGBTQ white meat,