It's different here. Bloomington is a small Midwestern city with a downtown square and tree-lined streets. But it's not like every other town in Indiana, or the Midwest. It's a college town, home to Indiana University, where students and faculty from around the world flock, in large part because of our progressive attitudes. And we accept people for who they are, and more importantly, we help them become who they want to be. We give, we support, we share, and 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 all the typical small-town things to see and do, but you'll also find some distinctly atypical things. You'll find that it's different here, and you'll like it.

Read on for more info about what makes Bloomington so LGBTQ-friendly, or check out our LGBTQ Visitors Guide. You can read it online or request a free copy mailed right to you.

  • Indiana University is ranked in the Campus Pride list of the top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.
  • The Advocate ranked Bloomington the fourth-gayest city in the country.
  • The Kinsey Institute on sexual behavior and health was founded at IU Bloomington in 1947 by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey.
  • Bloomington was one of only 47 cities in the country to receive a perfect 100-point score on the Human Rights Commission's 2015 Municipal Equality Index.

"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