Progressive, hip, with plenty of flair and just a hint of attitude - Tempe embraces and celebrates diversity. You're free to express yourself when you're out and about in Tempe, Arizona. Historically, Tempe has always been a welcoming community. Past President of GLAAD Neil Giulilano, has long been a leader in the LGBT community and served as the very popular mayor of Tempe for several years.
Things to do
Tempe has a full calendar of events and year-round activities that make for a memorable trip. You’ll find everything from theatre productions, museum exhibitions, triathlons and other competitive events, hiking, tasty cuisine and the hottest nightclubs in the Tempe area. For more details, visit our LGBT "Things to do" page.
The Tempe/Phoenix area has more than 25 LGBT bars, taverns and nightclubs. Popular spots include Charlie’s, Cash Inn, and BS West. Find the best places to party with our LGBT nightlife map!
You may want to plan your trip to Arizona to coincide with annual events such as the Rainbows Festival in October, Phoenix Pride Festival in April or the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association Road Runner Regional Rodeo in February.
Tempe hotels range from resorts to all-suite properties. Many of Tempe’s hotels are located near METRO light rail lines, making it easy to access the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and LGBT nightlife and events in downtown Phoenix.
The state features the only statewide education and advocacy organization, Equality Arizona, and a very active chapter of the Human Rights Campaign. Arizona is also home to the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, the largest clinical trial, education, behavioral health and nutrition support center dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS in the Southwestern United States.