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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of Indiana enjoy most of the same rights as other people, but still may face some challenges that non-LGBT residents do not otherwise face.
Bloomington has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as The Back Door or Alley Bar are the  most famous gay  friendly bars in Bloomington, IN.
Bloomington is an Indiana city, southwest of Indianapolis. The WonderLab science museum has hands-on kids’ exhibits, plus insects and reptiles. Indiana University’s Eskenazi Museum of Art has paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from around the world. The 1835 Wylie House is now a museum with period furnishings and an heirloom garden. Southeast, trails lace Hoosier National Forest’s Charles C. Deam Wilderness.

Top attractions to visit in Bloomington 


1. Graduate Bloomington 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington

Graduate Bloomington
Graduate Bloomington

Boasting a fitness center, Graduate Bloomington is set in Bloomington in the Indiana region, 1.4 mi from Indiana University and 1.6 mi from Bloomington Memorial Stadium. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms.

Popular points of interest near the hotel include Monroe County Courthouse, Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center and WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology.

Set 2 miles from Interstate 69, this laid-back hotel on a tree-lined street is a 6-minute walk from the WonderLab Science Museum and 4 miles from Griffy Lake nature preserve.

The warmly furnished rooms, some with balconies, come with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Suites offer separate living rooms and sofabeds. Upgraded suites add dining rooms and/or furnished terraces.

Loaner bikes are free. Breakfast and parking are available for a surcharge. There’s a gym.

Great place to stay. Location is close to campus, dining and shopping. Staff was friendly and helpful. Parking garage was nice since it was snowing. Room was nicely decorated and comfortable. Highly recommend The Graduate Bloomington.

What a great hotel, great room, and great location. They do the basics well; cleanliness, hospitability, and service. Then they layer unique room design, fun/creative decor, and an amazing atmosphere on top of it.

The hotel is located on historic Kirkwood Ave with easy walking to shops, cafes, restaurants, nightlife, and the entrance to Indiana University.

I will definitely stay here again and you should too!

The location is great; within walking distance of the campus. The rooms are beautifully appointed. The beds are so comfortable; I slept well (which is saying something). The café is an enjoyable place to grab a soda or homemade dessert.

Location is excellent, very close and within walking distance to campus. Hotel staff were very friendly and accomodating. Design and decor were super cute and very unique. The Jack and Diane terrace would be a great spot to sit and watch the activity on Kirkwood. Rooms were great, beds very comfortable – everything seemed very new.

The Graduate Bloomington has become the highest-rated hotel in the BTown market. This 150-room, upper-upscale hotel opened in November 2018. This is one of the latest editions of the brand’s growing portfolio of 17 hotels around the country, primarily located on or near college campuses. The Graduate Bloomington features an ideal location on Kirkwood Avenue, within walking distance to IU’s campus and lots of restaurants.

Spacious common areas offer a nice array of seating and table formations for family gatherings. A unique outdoor courtyard and roof area offers additional recreational and meeting space when the weather is nice. Guestrooms and corridors feature attractive fixtures and finishes. We especially liked shower design and the bicycle wallpaper in the bathrooms, with a nod to the Little 500. We also appreciated the corridor carpet design, feature the Indiana state flag and Indiana’s state flower, the Peony.

. Overall, this is a very attractive hotel, with thoughtful design features, high quality furniture and finishes, in a superb location. It’s Bloomington’s only upper-upscale chain hotel. I highly recommend checking out this hotel while it’s sparkly and new!

Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington
Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington

How much does a room costs at Graduate Bloomington?

Prices start 232$/night for Standard King Room. The  Deluxe King Studio is  314$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Corner unit featuring a 600 square-foot living area with sleek furnishings and a 55-inch LED TV

Where to book online – Graduate Bloomington – Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington IN – you can find the best hotels deals in Bloomington during Monroe County Fall Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bloomington IN on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2.  Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington Indiana

Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana
Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana

Just a 10-minute walk away from Indiana University campus, this hotel is located on the popular Kirkland Avenue and B-Line walking trail in downtown Bloomington and features an indoor pool, on-site bar and comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities.

Every room at Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana provides a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and a separate seating area with a sofa bed. Private bathrooms include granite countertop vanities and luxury skin and hair care products.

Guests can enjoy freshly brewed Starbucks coffee in the morning and an array of local beers, wine and cocktails in the evening at the Coffee to Cocktails Bar. To-go food and drink items are available 24-hours at the 24/7 Gallery Market.

A minute’s walk from WonderLab children’s science museum, this informal, contemporary hotel is also a mile from the Indiana University Art Museum.

Simple rooms come with free Wi-Fi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and living areas, as well as mini fridges and coffee makers. Most feature pull-out sofas.

Amenities include an indoor pool, a 24/7 gym, a 24-hour convenience store and a cafe/bar. Parking is available for an extra fee.

The Hyatt Place Bloomington is ideally located in the heart of downtown, and is within walking distance from the Indiana University Campus, the Bloomington Convention Center, and Kirkwood Avenue. This pet-friendly, all-suite hotel features a stylish decor with thoughtful amenities including garage parking and extra roomy rooms to spread out and relax.

Great location. The breakfast is a nice touch. The rooms are a decent size. I wish they served Starbuck’s iced tea as stated on the restaurant’s menu. Each time I ask for it, they tell me to purchase a bottle of ice tea from the cooler, and they are all out of it. Not everyone drinks coffee. There are a lot of great restaurants in close walking distance. If you are visiting a college student, the restaurant area has great places to study.

The rooms were clean and odor free, Pool was warm and inviting, Gym was top notch and clean, Breakfast was fine despite some of comments I’ve read. Scrambled eggs with bacon one day and sausage the next, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, the strawberries were sweet, juice was good, nice selection of toast. I don’t what more people want. Staff were top notch and friendly. Maintenance staff keep the hotel very clean.

Clean, comfortable, great hot breakfast, beautiful view in the 6th floor corner room, friendly staff. I couldn’t ask for more! I especially loved the lobby water that had fresh fruit, like cucumbers or strawberries in it, and the free USA Today newspaper was a nice touch. The gym was also great, with all the equipment you’d need, including free weights, and a nice view of a walking path to distract you from your pain.

Great location. Love the suite style room and full (hot) breakfast included. The staff is always very friendly and willing to help. I also love the location with easy access to the local fitness trail (b-line) and walking distance to restaurants and bars.

Excellent downtown location near shopping, local restaurants and bars and local theater. A walking/biking trail runs alongside the hotel. Rooms are spacious & clean, bed was comfortable and noise level low. Free breakfast is generous and delicious! Check in and check out were smooth. We like to stay here when we visit Bloomington.

This hotel has an ideal location downtown, and is within walking distance of restaurantsbars & IU. The rooms and public areas are very clean and the staff extremely courteous and helpful. The breakfast buffet had a nice variety and was very good. I will definitely stay here again.

Sparkling clean rooms; free parking and other guest amenities..Located within walking distance of great restaurants, Irish Pub and other local. Pubs and small shops like bakeries, flower shops, and wine bars.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington IN
Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington IN

How much does a room costs at Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana?

Prices start 196$/night for King Room. The  King Room – High Floor  is  216$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room is located on a high floor and includes a work desk with an ergonomic chair, small refrigerator and coffee maker.

Where to book online – Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana – Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington IN – you can find the best hotels deals in Bloomington during Monroe County Fall Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bloomington IN on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Bloomington

Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina; BW Signature Collection
Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina; BW Signature Collection

11 miles from Indiana University, Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina; BW Signature Collection is located in Bloomington and has rooms with free WiFi. Offering a restaurant, the property also features a bar. The property is 12 miles from Bloomington Memorial Stadium.

Some rooms here will provide you with a kitchenette with a microwave.

The hotel has a playground. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Fourwinds and Marina.

Overlooking Lake Monroe in the Fairfax State Recreation Area , this waterfront resort is 3 miles from Eagle Pointe Golf Course.

The stylish rooms have garden or lake views and feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as coffeemakers, mini fridges and microwaves. Suites and kitchenettes, some with fireplaces.

There’s a casual restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and scenic views, as well as a wood-paneled eatery that serves a breakfast buffet and dinner. Other amenities include a marina, a fishing dock, a private beach and outdoor sports courts, plus a fitness center and indoor and outdoor pools.

Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina, located on beautiful Lake Monroe, in the Fairfax State Recreation Area, Bloomington, Indana, offers a year-round, lakeside getaway, for families, business travelers, groups, and visitors to Southern Indiana. Just 15 minutes from the Bloomington business district and Indiana University, Fourwinds is a wonderful alternative, to a more “traditional” hotel experience. Breathtaking lake views from most rooms, with walk-out patios and balconies, in a relaxed setting.

This is a nice place to stay. Clean, employees are friendly, and has a lot to offer. We stayed Tuesday to Friday and arrived early and could check in. Our room was clean and stayed cool. The pool area is very nice, the pool was great and never really crowded. The view is awesome of the lake! The beach was closed due to high water, but not fault to the hotel. The beds were not great though. We had two doubles and both of them were equally rough to sleep on.

A lot of pillows, just maybe needed new mattresses in our room. That’s really the only downfall. They have a washer and dryer, but only had dryer sheets for sale in the gift shop. The putt putt looked nice. The balcony room would be the way to go and next time will be what we do! We rented a pontoon for an afternoon which was also a nice day.

The rooms were clean, the bed was very comfortable. The restaurant and bar and grill had wonderful food. Loved the bbq ribs. What I was most impressed with was how accommodating and friendly the staff was. Tony the manager was always friendly and always took care of my requests immediately. The in-room coffee was very good. I would certainly stay there again when in the area. The lake view was great.

How much does a room costs at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina; BW Signature Collection?

Prices start 81$/night for King Room with Patio. The  King Suite with Walk-in Shower  is 163$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room is located on a high floor and includes a work desk with an ergonomic chair, small refrigerator and coffee maker.

Where to book online – Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina; BW Signature Collection – Gay Friendly Hotels Bloomington IN – you can find the best hotels deals in Bloomington during Monroe County Fall Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bloomington IN on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.