Ithaca is an LGBTQ Friendly Community
Known for being one of the most progressive and open-minded areas in Upstate New York, Ithaca offers an enlightened demographic of folks who pride themselves on being one of ‘The Advocate’ Magazine’s first “10 Best Cities for Gays and Lesbians to Live”.
Visitors will find Ithaca is Inclusive window decals adorning the windows of many of the community's eateries, shops and businesses. Inclusive Space Decals are there to welcome LGBTQ people and families into their place of business. The decals were created to help businesses convey and display a commitment to inclusiveness and to welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and families. Learn more about this community-wide initiative and what this means to the businesses that choose to be involved. Tompkins County Businesses can request window clings at this link upon reviewing the program mission and committing their business to following inclusive and welcoming practices for LGBTQ people and families.
LGBTQ History Walking Tour
Bars and public spaces have been sites of LGBTQ resistance and resilience for decades. But many of the people and places that make up our history’s shared past have been forgotten, erased, overlooked, or ignored. Students of Ithaca College along with Luca Maurer, director, The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services created an LGBTQ Local History Walking Tour throughout the city of Ithaca with 32 stops over 7 miles. The tour is available as a self-guided experience through the free app Pocket Sights, with options for users to customize their experience.
Finger Lakes Craft Beverage
Americana Vineyards, an LGBTQ-owned winery, knows how to host a good time and create a sense of community for anyone who visits. Stop in for a wine tasting or enjoy a local craft beer in their brewery Bacchus Brewery, on-site as well. Enjoy dining outside or inside at the Crystal Lake Café. Weekly live music and special annual events throughout the year including the popular dog-friendly Woofstock event and their annual July 4th weekend bash are events you’ll surely remember!
Discover Cayuga offers Sunday evening cruises billed as Club Cayuga, including Rainbow Sunset Cruises throughout the summer. Catch the beautiful sunsets on Cayuga Lake with DJs spinning to set the mood.
Local Shopping and Family-friendly Downtown
The Downtown Ithaca Commons is pedestrian-centric with vibrant public art and a variety of restaurants. For family-friendly independent shops with alternative and local options, check out Alphabet Soup, Jillian's Drawers, Ithacamade, and Buffalo Street Books.
Several Downtown Ithaca establishments promote safe & inclusive evening environments, such as Silky Jones, Bar Argos, and The Watershed.