(PRESS RELEASE)_Surveys show that 20% of visitors to Ithaca, NY, identify as LGBTQ while only 4% of the NY state population identifies as such. That tells you just how popular this progressive and enlightened destination is among this community. Visitors will find window decals on the majority of eateries, shops and businesses in the area conveying a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
The Hotel Ithaca, the area’s only independently owned hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Ithaca, NY, offers the LGBTQ Walking Tour Package with proceeds benefiting the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services at Ithaca College. Package includes:
For more information or to book reservations visit thehotelithaca.com or call (607) 272-1000. Packages based on availability. Package available through December 31, 2021. Hotel Ithaca is located at 222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850.
The Ithaca LGBTQ History Walking Tour, with 32 stops over seven miles, showcases one of the first cities in the US to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, where one of the first student-organized sit-ins for LGBTQ rights took place, the site of one of the first public declarations of the American bisexual movement, and more. The tour is available as a self-guided experience through the free app with options for users to customize their experience. The Ithaca LGBTQ tour just received two national awards, presented at the 2020 ACPA Convention, The Outstanding Social Justice Collaboration award from the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Education, and The Research Recognition Award from the ACPA Coalition of Sexuality and Gender Identities. Outside the city, the "gorge-ous" landscape affords ample opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation including awe-inspiring gorges, visiting pristine waterfalls, enjoying watersports on Lake Cayuga – the largest of the Finger Lakes – and sampling the many wineries and cideries along the Cayuga Wine Trail.
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