Athens, Georgia, is a college town with a lively history, colorful live music scene, and a vibrant queer community. It has always been a place where creativity and free expression have thrived. In Athens you can feel safe to explore as you wish and relax as you're traveling. Check out our LGBTQ+ Friendly Itinerary for ideas of where to go and what to do when you visit the Classic City. 

Athens has a storied past full of queer icons such as the B-52s and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. Check out all the details on the queer history of Athens in our blog. You can also take a Queer Space Self-Guided Tour, compiled by the Historic Athens Welcome Center.

If you want more info about LGBTQ+ life in Athens, check out Athens Pride + Queer Collective.

LGBTQ+ Events


LGBTQ+ Dining, Shopping and Nightlife in Athens

All of the local businesses listed on the pages below have publicly declared their ally-ship, some host queer pride and other LGBTQ+ events, and some are queer-owned, so you can visit knowing that no matter who you love or how you choose to express your identity you'll receive a warm welcome. Businesses not on this list are certainly not to be considered anti-queer, but this list is to highlight businesses that are making special efforts at inclusivity. 


Queer- Friendly Athens Dining

Queer- Friendly Athens Bars & Nightlife

Queer- Friendly Athens Shopping

Book Your Stay!

Athens hotels are committed to making everyone feel welcome, including the queer community. We can't wait to host your next getaway in Athens!