Bloomington isn't quite like every other town in Indiana or the Midwest. We're home to Indiana University, where students and faculty from around the world flock because of our progressive attitudes. We accept people for who they are, and more importantly, we help them become who they want to be. We open our minds and hearts to anyone who joins our community, whether it's for a day, for four years, or for a lifetime. You'll find typical small-town things to see and do, but you'll also find some atypical things. It's different here, and we like that.

Bloomington was ranked the fourth-gayest city in the country by The Advocate--not bad for a town with less than 100,000 people. We've been given a perfect, 100-point score on the Human Rights Commission's Municipal Equality Index for five straight years:  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Indiana University consistently ranks in the top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities, according to Campus Pride.

But don't just take our word for it...

"The verdict: Whether you're gay, straight, or somewhere in between, Bloomington offers something rarely found in this country: a small town with a bold history of openness and acceptance."     - Out Traveler Magazine