The state's education center, with the main campus of the University of Kentucky as well as esteemed Transylvania University, Lexington is also a fast-growing city with nearly 300,000 residents. It's also one of the largest cities in the country with an openly gay mayor, Jim Gray (who is issuing a special proclamation during the festival), who took office in fall 2010. For visitors to the region, it's a good base for exploring the lush and beautiful Kentucky Bluegrass thoroughbred country and the state's most prominent bourbon distilleries.
The city is also host to the Lexington Gay Pride Festival in late June - the date this year is June 25, 2016.
The festival takes place right in the heart of downtown, at 120 West Main Street - the celebration runs from 11 am until 9 pm, with a host of entertainers appearing.
Lexington Gay Pride takes place one week after the largest such celebration in the state, Kentuckiana Pride Festival in Louisville.
Lexington Gay Resources
Many locals bars along with gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check the The Word, a GLBT newspaper serving Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, for details. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau.