California has a long history and reputation for welcoming people of all types, but one of the top cities in the state that welcomes gay visitors is San Diego. Though you might know this city for its military bases, it is home to dozens of activities, attractions and special places for gay men. When you head to San Diego for a vacation, you may even wrangle yourself a hot little military guy.

 

Gay San Diego enthusiasts know that the city hosted its first gay pride parade in 1975, which makes it one of the oldest parades of its type in the west. This parade still takes place every summer, which is when the city comes to life with San Diego Pride celebrations and events. If you can't make it until October, you'll want to sign up for the Atlanta Mexico cruise. This cruise takes men who love the warm weather, bright sunshine and high temperatures on a trip to Mexico and back.

 

Many of the men living in San Diego are military servicemen or related to men in the military. Though you might have “don't ask, don't tell” stuck in your mind, the military is quite welcoming of the LGBTQ community today. The Department of Defense gave those in the military the right to wear their uniforms as they walked in the city's pride parade and to wear their uniforms to other events too.

 

The oldest gay San Diego neighborhood is Hillcrest, which is home to some of the city's oldest homes as well as trees that give the neighborhood a private and more intimate feel. Mid-century modern apartment buildings feature bright colors and sweeping lines, while Craftsman homes have a more traditional look. North Park, Mission Hills, Balboa Park and Bankers Hill are some of the borders of this friendly neighborhood. Baja Betty's is probably the top restaurant in Hillcrest. 

 

Some of the top places to include on your itinerary include Urban Mo's, which has live music available and a Drag Night on Wednesdays, and The Brass Rail. Dance, have a few drinks and meet some great guys at top clubs like Numbers and Rich's San Diego. Flicks is one of the city's top bars too. The city is home to plenty of cruising hot spots like Pecs and saunas that include Club San Diego. Stop by the Normal and University intersection to check out the rainbow flag on display to start or end your gay San Diego trip on the right foot.

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