"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

Ranked the fourth-gayest city in the country by The Advocate, Bloomington isn't quite like every other town in Indiana or the Midwest. We accept people for who they are, and we embrace them with open arms as they become who they want to be. We're home to Indiana University, where students and faculty from around the world flock to because of our progressive attitudes. The university consistently ranks in the Top 50 LGBTQIA+-friendly colleges and universities, according to Campus Pride. We've also been given a perfect, 100-point score on the Human Rights Commission's Municipal Equality Index for six straight years (2015-2020). 

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 like PrideFest, The Back Door, and PRIDE Vodka from Cardinal Spirits. It's different here, and we like that. We hope you will, too.

Get to Know the Bloomington LGBTQIA+ Community