Phoenix is the capital of the state of Arizona—the ninth-largest” city in the United States. Located in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a warm, dry climate that is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and horseback riding. Being the “Valley of the Sun,” it is also a hotbed of innovation. Phoenix is home to the largest airport in the state, an assortment of Fortune 500 companies, and numerous well-known companies in the tech sector, including Intel, Motorola, and Adobe.

Phoenix, like most other major cities, has a thriving gay scene. From the numerous bars and clubs to the myriad of LGBT-friendly restaurants and other entertainment options, it’s no wonder that Phoenix regularly makes lists of the best places to live for LGBT individuals. Phoenix also has two major LGBT communities located in midtown Phoenix, one in the Central District and the other in the West Valley.