Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept each other's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. The city is host of a three-day KC Gay Pride celebration in early June. The 35th Annual Kansas City Gay Pride takes place May 27 through June 1, 2013, and it's one of the largest such festivals in the Midwest, drawing more than 30,000 people in recent years.
The weekend's festivities kick off on Friday night with the Westport StreetBlast Party. This six-hour party (from 6 pm until midnight). Then on Saturday, June 1, you can attend the free KC Pride in Westport festival, which takes place from noon until 10 pm - see the KC Pride Facebook page for more details.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check local gay papers and websites, such as Camp KC and KC Proud, for more information. And be sure to check out the informative gay visitor site produced by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau website.