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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.

Connecticut is regarded as one of the most LGBTfriendly U.S. states, on account of its early adoption of LGBT rights legislation. A 2017 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 73% of Connecticut residents supported same-sex marriage.
New Haven has a long history of being a  gay friendly resort and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as  168 York Street Cafe or Partners Cafe the most famous gay friendly bars in New Haven, CT.
New Haven is a coastal city on Long Island Sound, in Connecticut. It’s home to the Ivy League Yale University, founded in 1701. The institution’s museums include the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. Grove Street Cemetery, dating from the late 18th century, has a 19th-century Egyptian Revival gateway. The New Haven Museum covers local history.

 Top attractions to visit in New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut is a fabulous place for Manhattanites to visit this summer and beyond. From the sandy beaches to the delicious cuisine and imaginative art, this area provides so many reasons to visit that it’s hard to think of just one!


1. The Blake Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven

The Blake Hotel
The Blake Hotel

Located in New Haven, 1.1 mi from Yale University, The Blake Hotel features accommodations with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness center and a bar. The property is located 2.4 mi from The Yale Bowl, 4.3 mi from Tweed New Haven and 1 mi from Connecticut Children’s Museum. The accommodations provides a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, where staff can assist guests, as well as free WiFi.

Popular points of interest near the hotel include Yale Repertory Theater, Shubert Theater and New Haven Green Historic District. The nearest airport is Tweed-New Haven Airport, 3.7 mi from The Blake Hotel.

Less than a mile from the nearest train station and two blocks from Yale’s Old Campus, this trendy, modern hotel is also a 4-minute walk from the Shubert Theater.

Sleek suites have contemporary decor and hardwood floors, and feature kitchenettes, separate living areas, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded suites and studios add extra living space.

An elegant, Michelin-starred restaurant with an open kitchen serves American cuisine and features a chic bar with regular live music. There’s also a bright cafe with an in-house bakery. Breakfast is available for a fee.

For someone like me who lives in Asia, expectations are there. So it wasn’t easy for me to find a suitable accommodation in New Haven and had my doubts. However, you can stop looking further and enjoy this hotel. Not only was I impressed with the lobby, the staffs were friendly and ever ready to assist. The room was of a very good size equipped with a kitchenette. The food at the restaurant, Hamilton Park was of great taste and quality at a reasonable price. What more can I ask for? A truly memorable stay.

The first thing I noticed about this new hotel as I walked through the automatic double doors to the lobby was the incredible fruity and flowery scent. The pleasantness segued into the lobby where the decor was inviting and comfortable with a hint of New England intellectual elegance. There were many sofas and overstuffed chairs arranged into groups, one surrounded a fireplace and another annexed a study/library. To the left was a lively bistro, Hamilton Park, owned by Michelin-starred Chefs Tyler Anderson and Matt Lambert.

They also own High George, located at the rooftop of the hotel where an expansive view of New Haven can be appreciated as well as the menu. The staff at the front desk were friendly and helpful. Our room with a double bed, was spotless and larger than an average sized hotel room, with a wonderful view of Yale University and Chapel Street. The location of the hotel is a couple of blocks away from Yale’s Old Campus, British Art Gallery and many eateries, including Bar restaurant (best mashed potatoes and bacon pizza), Louis’ Lunch (claims to have invented the hamburger), MilkCraft (long lines for ice cream even in 30 degrees F temp) and many others.

The location is also away from New Haven Green where safety, especially at night, is an issue. The hotel is on a quiet cross street away from the hustle and bustle.
I’ve stayed at several hotels in New Haven and I would highly recommend the Blake Hotel. The room rates are reasonable too. A great find!

Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven CT
Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven CT

How much does a room costs at The Blake Hotel?

Prices start 213$/night for Deluxe King Room.The Deluxe Corner Suite is  542$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Rooms are 35 square metres.

Where to book online – The Blake Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven CT – you can find the best hotels deals in New Haven during New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in New Haven CT on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Graduate New Haven 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven Connecticut

Graduate New Haven
Graduate New Haven

Graduate New Haven is located in New Haven, within 1.2 mi of Yale University, 1.4 mi of Yale Peabody Museum and 2.1 mi of The Yale Bowl. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant, lobby level coffee café and fitness center.

All guest rooms features air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a coffee machine, a bath or shower, a hair dryer and a desk. The hotel provides some units with city views, and all rooms come with a private bathroom.

Popular points of interest within walking distance of Graduate New Haven include New Haven Green Historic District, Yale Repertory Theater and Shubert Theater, and Yale University Art Gallery.

Set on a tree-lined street in Downtown, this elegant hotel in a late 19th-century building is a mile from both Yale University and local history exhibits at New Haven Museum. It’s 14 minutes by foot from New Haven State Street train station.

Country-chic rooms with antique art feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sitting areas, as well as mini fridges, coffee makers and safes. Upgraded rooms add living areas.

Loaner bikes are complimentary, as is access to a nearby gym. Other amenities include a striking cafe, a vintage bar and a fashionable lobby sitting area. Breakfast is available for a surcharge.

Rekindle the spirit of your alma mater at the smartest place to stay in New Haven. A local landmark, Graduate New Haven sits in the heart of downtown, making it a perfect spot to host your next event or business trip. The city’s best art galleries, shops, restaurants and theaters are right outside our front door, and Yale’s campus is just a few blocks away. Originally the Hotel Duncan, our character-laden lodgings are steeped in history. To celebrate the building’s storied past, we looked to its founding in 1894.
A blue and white palette in of-the-era patterns decorates guestrooms and public spaces. Nods to campus icons, including Handsome Dan and Mory’s Cups, mix with antique art and furniture for an authentic bygone Ivy feel. And don’t miss your chance to take a ride in Connecticut’s oldest elevator, still manned by an old-school operator.
My boyfriend and I visited for a quick anniversary getaway and ended up staying an extra night because of how accommodating and amazing The Graduate New Haven was. All of the staff were incredibly helpful and even extended us a deal on our second night stay, not to mention the upgrade we got just because it was our anniversary! I truly can’t say enough good things about this hotel. My boyfriend and I have already told our families and friends all about our wonderful stay here and how comfortable the bed was! I will definitely be staying here again if I find myself back in New Haven.
I love the location and comfort this property offers. Run by a young select student staff that conducts themselves professionally and yet clearly enjoy their work. This reminded me of a Boutique Hotel in Montreal because of the care in decorating. Model around what it once was yet refurbished with new amenities. Such a nice vibe I decided to stay another night using it as a base location for work at the University and also NYC.
It is located right next to the campus and is surrounded by lots of restaurants. There is a nice deli next door with snacks/drinks. I ended up staying in two rooms during my stay. My first room had a connecting door (no one was in the other room my first night). The room was very clean and quiet. However, when guests arrived in the room next door, it sounded like they were in my room.
The manager moved me to another room immediately and was really nice about it. Second room wasn’t quite as clean (particularly the bathroom floor), but I enjoyed the quiet and comfort. Despite the hiccups, I would definitely stay here again. Nice coffee shop in the downstairs and complimentary coffee was included every morning. Every staff member I encountered was extremely friendly and professional.
Having tried The Study, this time I went for the Graduate next door in the rehabbed Duncan Hotel. I was not disappointed. How could you not like a place that when you open the room door, the first thing you see is a silver champagne bucket on a table next to a wing back chair? And how can you not smile, to see a phone booth in the lobby that connects directly to the pizza parlor next door?
They bookend the sense that this is a place of old grad genteel comfort with recent grad crowd-pleasing warmth. It retains the old push button light switches and adds a generous quantity of outlets for your devices. (Kudos for both sides of the bed!) How better to end a hard day’s travel! Part of a chain of Graduates, this one is not shy about claiming its Yale proximity. Lux et Veritas proclaim the shower tiles! The hallway carpets flaunt Handsome Dan’s in row after row.
Although I didn’t try them, the rathskeller and coffee shop seem like good additions; and the cozy study nooks off the lobby were inviting. Where to stay next time? Well, if you’re a hard charging yuppie alum, The Study by all means. But if you were a “gentleman” scholar, The Graduate is most definitely your kind of place.
Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven
Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven

How much does a room costs at Graduate New Haven?

Prices start 192$/night for Queen Room. The Premium King Room is  274$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features a iPod dock, tumble dryer and tea/coffee maker.

Where to book online – Graduate New Haven – Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven CT – you can find the best hotels deals in New Haven during New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in New Haven CT on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. The Study at Yale, Study Hotels 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels New Haven

The Study at Yale, Study Hotels
The Study at Yale, Study Hotels

The Study at Yale, Study Hotels has a restaurant, free bikes, a fitness center and bar in New Haven. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site.

At the hotel, the rooms include a wardrobe. At The Study at Yale rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Guests at the accommodations can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast.

On Yale University’s Arts Campus, this contemporary hotel is an 11-minute walk from the New Haven train station and the New Haven Green.

The collegiate-inspired rooms and suites, some with campus views, offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and private bathrooms. Suites add study areas with stocked bookcases.

Amenities include a 24-hour lobby cafe and a stylish restaurant/lounge. There’s also a fitness center, meeting and event space, and a relaxed lounge filled with books and magazines.

The Study at Yale is a sophisticated, yet relaxed, hotel located in the heart of Yale University’s vibrant Arts Campus in New Haven, Connecticut – just steps away from the University’s museums, theaters, libraries and cultural centers. Each guestroom features a comfortable leather reading chair with ottoman, extended work surface, and lofty feather bed. Heirloom Restaurant, located within The Study, offers an urban dining experience with a neighborhood ambience showcasing innovative, seasonal, flavorful cooking.
The Study is centrally located in the heart of downtown New Haven near all major attractions with spectacular views of Yale University. There were several restaurants and cafes open within walking distance from the property along historic Chapel Street and many of them deliver directly to the reception.
My Guest room was immaculately clean, modern and sophisticated. It was very well appointed with a large lounge chair, C.O Bigelow amenities and two luxurious bathrobes. I reserved a King Campus View Room and I was surprised at how large it was for a major city!

If you are visiting Yale for any reason, The Study is the place to stay. The Yale Daily News is available next to the NYT at early morning Illy coffee, and the alumni magazine is the reading material of choice in the rooms. Location is the main attraction. The hotel is on Chapel Street two blocks from the Yale Art Gallery, only a few more from the Old Campus and just a stretch of the leg to Mory’s.

Besides the excellent house restaurant, there are a half dozen eating places in the same section of the street to include a bakery promising 3 am cookie delivery. How’s that for taking you back to your college days!

 We loved everything about this boutique hotel. The service was superb – from the front desk where we registered, to the restaurant, to the valet, The hotel is at a great location where everything is within walking distance- restaurants, Yale, shopping, etc. The lobby is lovely. They offer a lovely coffee in the morning with cozy sitting area to enjoy the New York Times among other newspapers.
The room had a very comfortable bed, a clean bright space, large windows, and a very modern look. Everything was five star from the moment we stepped into The Study. We highly recommend. We will return to The Study when we are back in town in a few months.
he Study is certainly nicer than the competition in New Haven, which basically consists of the Courtyard Marriott and the Omni, both of which are functional but a bit grim. It’s a modern “boutique” hotel, meaning minimalist decor and functional rooms. The beds are comfortable enough. The biggest drawback is that the rooms are dark even by hotel standards.
There are lights by the beds, over the desk, and in the corner by the comfy chair, but that leaves a vast dark area in the middle. The bathroom is also lacking in shelf space; it’s a bit cramped for one person, and there certainly isn’t enough for two. The whole “study” theme boils down to a lounge that has nice chairs and a couple hundred art books on some shelves which no one reads. On the plus side, the restaurant (Heirloom) is pretty good—good enough to compete in New Haven, which has lots of good restaurants.
Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven Connecticut
Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven Connecticut

How much does a room costs at The Study at Yale, Study Hotels?

Prices start 188$/night for Deluxe View Room with One King BedThe Junior Suite with View and One King Bed is  221$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This studio has a bathrobe, flat-screen TV and tumble dryer.

Where to book online – The Study at Yale, Study Hotels – Gay Friendly Hotels New Haven Connecticut – you can find the best hotels deals in New Haven during New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in New Haven CT 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.