LGBT Cities: Columbus, Ohio

By Marc Boisclair, June 29, 2016

Few destinations are as welcoming to LGBT sports enthusiasts as Columbus, Ohio’s capital city. Experience Columbus is spreading the word (publishing a targeted website and e-newsletter “Out in Columbus”) that LGBT visitors will find the city a good fit for both sporting events and post-game enjoyment. Bolstering the CVB’s efforts is a large, thriving hometown LGBT community. To wit, take a walk through German Village and Short North Arts District, where all are free to enjoy cool shops, eateries, galleries, parks and playgrounds while holding hands. Foodies, take note: A walking tour of Grandview Avenue is worth skipping breakfast for, as Columbus’ offbeat restaurant row can sate your culinary desires for an entire day.

Better yet, both neighborhoods also have major urban parks and recreation facilities. Each is a short stroll from the Scioto River and a free CBUS ride away from downtown, with museums, restaurants and major brand hotels aplenty. Columbus accommodations include 4,000 guest rooms downtown (2,100 either connected or adjacent to the convention center), all close to the hopping nightlife in the LGBT–friendly Arena District.


Nationwide Arena; Mapfre Stadium; Ohio Stadium; Greater Columbus Convention Center

Recent and Upcoming Events

NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series (2015)

GLTA Columbus Classic (July)

NAGAAA Buckeye Softball Classic (October)

North American Gay Volleyball Association Championships (2017)

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