Gay Buffalo

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Everything Elmwood

Buffalo United Artists

An evening at the theater

Unlike other cities of its size, Buffalo is home to an extraordinary 25 professional theater companies offering plays and musicals about all walks of life, including the LGBT community. (Don’t miss out on a ticket to see Jimmy Janowski at BUA; he’s Buffalo’s grandest dame.)

A night at the gallery

Stop by the Loop magazine and My Buffalo Pride headquarters on Allen Street, where owner and publisher Mikey Rizzo frequently holds LGBT-themed art openings and holiday tree lightings. There’s also a storefront with LGBT-friendly gifts and ephemera, and a giant rainbow flag waving ever so proudly.

A brunch with the boys

Brunch is popular across the board, but there are a few hotspots that are particular favorites among Buffalo’s gays: Betty’s in Allentown, Cole’s on Elmwood, Trattoria Aroma on Bryant, and Amy’s Place in the University Heights are popular go-tos.

An afternoon with the classics

Buffalo’s gallery district, on the north end of the Elmwood Village, is home to two of the region’s premier art collections. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penney Art Center, located across the street from each other on the front door of the city’s prestigious Delaware Park, offer a rare view into the legendary artists and masterworks that have called Buffalo home.

A day at the races

The list of activities at the ever-popular Canalside grows with each summer, and the best attractions are not to miss. Rent paddleboats and water bikes in the summer, and race your buddies down the city’s famous canals. Lace up your skates and show off your best triple-axle on the ice rinks or take a spin on an ice bike.

— Ben Siegel