Orbitz has the perfect itinerary for the ultimate LGBTQ Civil Rights road trip, and just in time for National Road Trip Day.
The interactive map lists 15 sites across the country that have played a significant role in our long quest for equal rights.
“From historic places of protest to modern-day murals and monuments, our LGBTQ Civil Rights Trail map helps you hit the road and discover the people and forces that shaped our fabulous queer community,” say Orbitz, the travel brand that has increased its engagement with LGBTQ+ travelers, released queer "Travel As You Are" ads, and unveiled a search function specifically designed for queers to find LGBTQ-welcoming hotels.
The different locations in the LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Trail stretch across the country, from a mural in Portland, Oregon, to a memorial in Key West, Florida. Here are some of the highlights of the tour:
Stonewall National Monument: New York City
No LGBTQ+ civil rights tour would be complete without a stop at Stonewall, Christopher Street, and the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Equality House: Topeka, Kansas
Built directly across the street from the notoriously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, the Equality House is a colorful and daily in-your-face reminder to that bigoted group that love conquers hate.
Harvey Milk’s Castro Street Camera Shop and Residence: San Francisco
There’s only a plaque to mark the Castro Street camera shop where Harvey Milk served the burgeoning gay community and later ran his campaigns for political office. But you can still walk the streets and visit some of the same bars and restaurants as the famed civil rights activist.
Some of the other sites on the Orbitz LGBTQIA Civil Rights Trail are the Trans Memorial Garden: St. Louis, MO, the Pulse Memorial in Orlando, Florida; and the Black Cat in Los Angeles, California, where in 1967 over 600 folks protested a police raid on the bar which was a popular gathering spot for gays at the time.