LGBTQ Community

"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

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. Home to Indiana University, Bloomington attracts students and faculty from around the world, which makes our community rich with culture and acceptance. The university scored a 5-out-of-5 on Campus Pride’s Best of the Best list for LGBTQ+ colleges and universities, and also ranked fourth nationwide for the Best Colleges for LGBTQ+ students. Bloomington has also been given a perfect 100-point score on the Human Rights Commission's Municipal Equality Index for the ninth straight year.

Everyone is welcome, 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.