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The nation's capital is most welcoming to the gay and lesbian community. In fact, as of March 9, 2010, same-sex couples can now legally marry each other in the nation's capital. How's that grab you? If you're interested in coming here to get hitched, the tourism bureau's Destination D.C. website, www.destinationdc.org tells you everything you need to know, from names of local officiates happy to perform the ceremony, to florist and venue recommendations, to a complete Q&A list that leads you through procedural details. That information appears on the LGBT home page for Destination D.C. From www.destinationdc.org, click on "Experience DC," then scroll down to "For LGBT" and click.

But even if you're not planning to get married here, you should visit the LGBT website for generally helpful information about Washington, D.C.'s large and vibrant gay and lesbian community. This special section covers the history of the gay rights movement in the capital; a calendar of noteworthy events, like the annual, weeklong Capital Pride Celebration held in June, complete with a street fair and a parade; and favorite-place recommendations made by local gays and lesbians. Better yet is Destination D.C.'s LGBT Traveler's Guide, which covers just about every aspect of the not-straight life in D.C. You can order the 65-page guide by calling Destination D.C.'s main number, tel. 202/789-7000, or download it from the website.

Dupont Circle is the unofficial headquarters for gay life, site of the annual 17th St. High Heel Drag race on the Tuesday preceding Halloween, and home to long established gay bars and dance clubs, but the whole city is pretty much LGBT-friendly.

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