The largest city in the conservative state of Alabama, Birmingham (metro population 1.2 million) is also home to the biggest concentration of LGBT residents and gay and lesbian bars and related businesses in the state. Each year beginning in early June, the city is host to the Central Alabama Pride Celebration, now in its 38th year. The dates this year are June 4 through June 12. Festivities include a variety of parties, events, and observances known as the "8 Days of Pride", culminating with an evening Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11.
Pop sensation and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is headlining the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 12, at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark park.
Birmingham Gay Resources
Lots of local LGBT-friendly businesses are especially busy throughout Pride Weekend. Definitely be sure to stop by some of the city's popular gay bars, such as Our Place (2115 7th Ave. S, 205-715-0077), the 24/7 gay dance club Quest (416 24th St. S, 205-251-4313), and friendly Al's on 7th (2627 7th Ave. S, 205-321-2812). Considering the size of the city, Birmingham has a surprisingly lively gay scene. For tips on visiting the area, take a look at the excellent site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau.