As some of our readers have pointed out, a small but significant number of Canadian snowbirds come from the LGBTQ community, and while LGBTQ snowbirds share many of the same needs and concerns as all snowbirds, they also have some more specific needs and concerns that must be considered when choosing where to travel.
Accordingly, we convened a panel of LGBTQ snowbirds to learn more about their needs, concerns and preferred destinations and share their destination tips below with other LGBTQ snowbirds.
Of course, not all members of this community will necessarily limit themselves to gay-friendly destinations but our research shows that the majority will.
Most gay men and women we interviewed during our research said that finding a like-minded community and feeling safe were very important in choosing a destination.
As one panelist put it: "Being gay is definitely a strong factor in choosing our snowbird destination - in two senses: we want a place which is "gay-friendly" in terms of its attitude toward gay people, and a place where other gay people and gay-oriented businesses and services are likely to be found. This means that we are more inclined to choose larger urban centers like Honolulu, or gay-oriented destinations like Puerto Vallarta."