Virginia, as they say, is for lovers – and in this case, those who love the LGBTQ community, in particular! If you’re thinking of making a move to Virginia, you probably already know that it’s a state full of natural beauty both coastal and mountainous, with plenty of opportunities, and much to see and do. It’s also a state with several unique, friendly, welcoming, and wonderful LGBTQ cities. If you are a part of the LGBTQ community and you have been thinking of making a move to Virginia, there will be no shortage of unique and charming places to choose from. Some of the cities you might want to consider include:

  • Richmond: Richmond is the capital of Virginia and home to more than 200,000 people. It’s a city with a long history, and a bright future, where everyone can find their place and feel at home. Richmond is a vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking city that is welcoming to all. It’s home to a rich arts and culture scene, many businesses and universities as well. Read the full Richmond Gay City Guide here.
  • Norfolk: Norfolk is a coastal Virginia town that is considered part of the larger Hampton Roads metro area. It is known as being a diverse city with a strong maritime heritage, a friendly coastal vibe, welcoming people and plenty to see and do, including lots of natural outdoor beauty. If you’re interested in making a move to Norfolk, chances are you’ll be glad you did! Read the full Norfolk Gay City Guide here.
  • Chesapeake: Chesapeake, Virginia, is the third biggest city in the state and is also considered a part of the larger Hampton Roads metro area.  Chesapeake is known as being a very diverse city with a laid-back, beachy vibe, friendly people, and beautiful scenery. If you’re interested in making the move to the Chesapeake area, you’ll find that there’s a lot here to love.  Read the full Chesapeake Gay City Guide here.
  • Arlington: Located on the banks of the Potomac River across from Washington DC, Arlington is close enough to enjoy all that Washington has to offer but is also a wonderful place to call home in its own right. It is also a city with a thriving gay community – in fact, it has previously been named by The Advocate as one of the “Gayest Cities in America”. Arlington is suburbia with an urban feel – it has a hip, eclectic vibe, and there’s always plenty to see and do. Read the full Arlington Gay City Guide here.
  • Alexandria: If you want to work in Washington, D.C., but don’t necessarily want to live there, the nearby city of Alexandria, Virginia, is a great option.  It’s mostly a commuter town, and many people who live in Alexandria work for the government or the military.  Many of its suburbs feature older homes built fairly close together, and many people can walk to nearby parks, grocery stores, and restaurants. Learn more about some of the best LGBTQ neighborhoods in Alexandria here.
  • Newport News: Newport News, Virginia, is one of the larger cities in the state. Home to more than 180,000 people, Newport News is also considered part of the Hampton Roads metro area. It sits on the James River and has been a port and railroad hub over the years.  Many people continue to work for Newport News Shipbuilding or at the Joint Base, Langley-Eustis, an Air Force and Army post. Learn more about some of the best LGBTQ neighborhoods in Newport News here.

After you’ve decided which city in Virginia is the best fit for you, your next step should be to connect with a realtor who knows that city and its neighborhoods well, and who can help you find a home that you will love and enjoy for many years to come. If you’re ready to do exactly that, we have over 20,000 LGBTQ realtors in our extensive network at, and we are ready to help! Choose an agent and start a conversation – there is never a cost or obligation. We look forward to helping you find your perfect Virginia home soon!