Go off the beaten path with six New Orleans locals

A photo of rainbow LGBTQ pride flags hanging on decks in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Did you know New Orleans boasts the fourth-largest LGBTQ population among metropolitan cities in the United States?

In addition to having a booming queer community, it has a rich gay history just waiting to be explored. The city is known for its welcoming locals, French cuisine, and easy-going attitude.

But don’t just take our word for it!

We’ve asked six queer locals to share what they believe makes New Orleans such a welcoming and fun place. Watch as they take us on an intimate guided tour from the leafy beauty of Audubon Park, to the drag fantasia of AllWays Lounge and Cabaret, and everything in between.

Melissa showing us around Audubon Park

Raymie at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park

The fabulous Siren telling us all about the AllWays Lounge and Cabaret

Frank on his very beautiful (and very gay!) patio in the French Quarter

Jennifer and Jazmyn at the Queerest Backyard BBQ in NOLA

Bari on the Bayou!

Of course, you can see all of this firsthand by visiting New Orleans yourself!

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