Billings LGBTQ City Guide

Billings, Montana, is a beautiful city that sits in the heart of the Yellowstone Valley and South Hills areas of the state. Residents of Billings can enjoy stunning views of six surrounding mountain ranges including the Bighorn Mountains, The Pryor Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains, the Crazy Mountains, and the Big Snowy Mountains. In addition to being an area of amazing natural beauty, it is also a city that offers much to see and do, plenty of friendly neighborhoods, and no shortage of friendly people, including a thriving LGBTQ community. If you’re thinking of finding your next home in Billings, chances are, you’ll find plenty about it to love!

A Look at the History of Billings

Billings essentially got its start as a railroad town in 1882 and was named after Northern Pacific Railway's president, Frank Billings. It grew so rapidly after its founding that it earned the name “Magic City”. Throughout the years, Billings has continued to grow, not only in diversity but also in population, and today is vibrant, and thriving city with plenty of opportunities and much to see and do for all who call it home.

A Few Fun Facts About Billings 

  • Those who love bicycling will love Billings. In fact, Bicycling Magazine named Billings to be among the nation’s 50 most bike-friendly communities in the United States.  
  • Famous frontierswoman Calamity Jane lived in Billings.
  • The First Interstate Building in Billings is nearly 300 feet tall and is the tallest building in the five-state region.

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Billings’s LGBTQ Community                                            

Billings is a city with a thriving and diverse LGBTQ community that is supported by various resources, including:

PFLAG Billings

PFLAG Billings is the city’s local chapter of the national PFLAG organization. PFLAG is a national support, education, and advocacy organization for LGBTQ people, as well as their families, friends, and allies. It is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind in the country. The stated mission of PFLAG is to help change attitudes and create an environment of understanding so that everyone can live in a world that is safe and inclusive, a mission that it tries to fulfill through support, education, and advocacy. Contact information for PFLAG and various other LGBTQ resources across the state of Montana can be found here.

What's the Weather Like in Billings?

In Billings, residents can expect to experience all four distinct seasons each year. This means cold winters with moderate snowfall and hot, sunny summers, along with mild and pleasant spring and fall seasons. Temperatures typically reach an average high of 88°F in July, and an average low of 16°F in January. Billings gets 14 inches of rain and plenty of snow each year - 41 inches, on average!

Can’t-Miss Events in Billings

406 Pride

If you live in Billings, you won’t want to miss this party. It is the perfect time to get together with friends and allies and celebrate all that the LGBTQ community adds to the greater Billings area. With multiple days of celebration, there’s plenty of fun for all!

The Best Neighborhoods in Billings 

If you're considering moving to Billings, you will find that the entire city is very welcoming. Unlike some cities that tend to have one specific “gayborhood,” the LGBTQ community in Billings is sprinkled throughout the city, so there are many neighborhoods that would make wonderful places to call home. Regardless of the neighborhood you choose, it is always advised to contact a Billings gay realtor who knows and loves the community, and who can help you find the perfect home in the ideal neighborhood. The current median list price of homes for sale in Billings is around $380,000.

Arts and Entertainment

Alberta Bair Theater

If you want excellence in performing arts, look no further than the Alberta Bair Theater. Throughout the year the theater offers a wide range of performances, including standup comedy, jazz, opera, ballet, and more. It also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Montana Renaissance Festival in the summer.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Those who want a day full of fun, beauty, and inspiration need look no further than the Yellowstone Art Museum. This museum features a great contemporary art selection and is a stunning facility.

Parks and Recreation

Pictograph State Park

Pictograph State Park is a fascinating spot for stunning natural beauty and unique history. Its caves contain paintings that date back to historic times and are fascinating to see. Not to mention there are plenty of spots to relax and enjoy a beautiful day in Billings.

Yellowstone National Park

Billings is known as the “Gateway to Yellowstone” – and residents won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy all that this incredible national park has to offer. It’s known as one of the most stunning national parks in the country. Home to Old Faithful, the Mammoth Hot Springs, and many other natural wonders, it’s a national treasure.

Billings Nightlife

Rainbow Bar

The Rainbow Bar is one of the most popular LGBTQ nightspots in Billings. It always offers friendly crowds, strong drinks, and a great atmosphere to relax and have fun with old friends – or make some new ones!

Billings Breweries

If you love craft beer, you'll love Billings. It is well known for its excellent collection of breweries – and there is no shortage to choose from! Many of the breweries offer not only excellent brews but great food options as well.

Contact a Billings Gay Realtor Today

If you're ready to make a move to Billings, at, we're here to help you take the first step toward finding an agent who knows and loves the community, and who can help you find a home and a neighborhood you'll love. We're proud to have a network of excellent realtors in Billings, and we would love to help connect you with the right one. Contact a Billings gay realtor today for a free, no-obligation consultation!

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