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's Pride festival had become one of the biggest in the Midwest in recent years, but the celebration was greatly scaled down last year, and 2014 dates of KC Gay Pride have not yet been announced as of this writing.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check out the excellent local paper Camp KC, for more information; another terrific resource on the Kansas City gay scene is LIKE ME Lighthouse, the city's LGBT Community Center, which was founded in 2010 by the talented and openly lesbian country music songstress, Chely Wright. And be sure to check out the informative gay visitor site produced by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau website.