Charleston, the capital and largest city in the state, plays host to the West Virginia Gay Pride celebrations, a series of events and gatherings held in early June, culminating with a Gay Pride Parade and Festival, which takes place Sunday, June 9, 2013.
Check out West Virginia Pride's Facebook pages for a calendar of events throughout the season, including everything from Miss Rainbow Pride of West Virginia to a PFLAG Meet and Greet. There's also information on a Huntington Pride Picnic, which takes place earlier in the week, on June 2, in the state's second-largest city (it's only slightly smaller than the capital, Charleston). Nearly 20 events take place over the course of Pride.
West Virginia Pride's main events are the Annual Pride Parade and Festival, on Sunday, June 9. Last year the festival moved to a great new venue, the attractively refurbished Haddad Riverfront Park - the festival is from 11 am until 6 pm and features live music and speeches, great food, and booths from local GLBT-friendly organizations and businesses. The Pride Parade is from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, along Kanawha Boulevard, ending at Capitol Street.
Although this mountainous state with a fairly conservative reputation has a smaller and somewhat less visible gay scene than in the main cities of neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio, West Virginia does have an increasingly active GLBT community. Much of the state's gay population resides in or near Charleston, which has a handful of gay bars, the most famous popular being Broadway (210 Leon Sullivan Way, 304-343-2162).
For more on travel to the region, visit the official travel site of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.