Denton LGBTQ City Guide

Denton, Texas is part of the Denton-Dallas-Forth Worth Metro Area, often better known as the Golden Triangle. Denton is located in North Texas’s “Horse Country,” and is full of beautiful, scenic farmland views as a result. It’s also home to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, so it has a sizeable student population, although it’s also home to many businesses, a thriving arts and culture scene, and many diverse neighborhoods too.  It is also a city full of walkable streets and friendly people, including a vibrant LGBTQ community. If you’re thinking of finding your next home in Denton, chances are, you’ll find plenty about it to love.

A Look at Denton's History

Denton County was established by the Texas Legislature in 1846, shortly after Texas decided to become part of the United States. It was named after John B. Denton, a pioneer preacher and lawyer who was killed in a fight with Native Americans in 1841. The town grew quickly and became an important center of ranching due to its ideal climate, geography, and location. It also became an important center for commerce trade, and education, and remains so to this day. Today, it is a diverse and thriving city with plenty of opportunities and much to see and do for all who call it home.

A Few Fun Facts About Denton  

  • Denton’s University of North Texas has an excellent music school that has produced several famous musicians, including Roy Orbison, Norah Jones, and Don Henley, among others.
  • Denton has one of the largest numbers of horse farms in the country, and its beautiful ranches offer stunning landscapes and many beautiful horses to admire.
  • Famed psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw of the “Dr. Phil Show” is originally from Denton.

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Denton’s LGBTQ Community                                           

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

PFLAG Denton

PFLAG Denton is the city’s local chapter of the national PFLAG organization. PFLAG is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the country and has 500 chapters with more than 200,000 members in the United States. PFLAG plays a critical role in providing advocacy, support, and resources to the LGBTQ community, and offers monthly support meetings, as well as resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities for the LGBTQ community, friends, and allies.

What's the Weather Like in Denton?

Those who live in Denton can expect to experience all four distinct seasons each year. Winters can be cold but not snowy, with temperatures typically dropping to around 32ºF in January. Summers are mild and pleasant, with the high temperature in July usually rising to an average of 96 ºF. Spring and fall are also wonderful times to enjoy the outdoors, and between blooming flowers and the bright colors of changing leaves, there is plenty of natural beauty to enjoy in both seasons. Denton receives around 40 inches of rain, on average, each year, and about 39 inches of snow.

Can’t-Miss Events in Denton 

North Texas Pride

North Texas Pride is one of Denton’s biggest annual pride celebrations, and it’s one event you’ll definitely want to put on your calendar. Whether you enjoy parades, parties, networking opportunities, family-friendly activities, or all of the above, you can find it here!

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

This annual celebration is free, fun, and full of excellent music. For years, this popular festival has been supporting both rising stars and big-name headliners. Even better, the proceeds of concession stands and rentals are given to local arts and music organizations. Don’t miss your chance to join in the fun!

The Best Neighborhoods in Denton  

If you're considering moving to Denton, you will find that the entire city is very welcoming. Unlike some cities that tend to have one specific “gayborhood,” the LGBTQ community in Denton is sprinkled throughout the city, so there are many neighborhoods that would make wonderful places to call home. This is why it’s always advised to contact a Denton 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 Denton is around $416,000.

Arts and Entertainment

Murchison Performing Arts Center

Often called “The Murch,” the Murchison Performing Arts Center is home to the well-known and highly respected University of North Texas College of Music. The center features two venues – The Lyric Theater and the Margo and Bill Winspear Performance Hall, both of which host a variety of excellent performances throughout the year.

Theatre Denton

Theatre Denton is a community theater group located at the historic Campus Theatre on West Hickory Street. For decades, the group has been providing high-quality entertainment in a variety of genres. Truly, there is something for everyone to enjoy here!

Parks and Recreation

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

If you want a great way to beat the heat and have some fun on a summer day in the Denton area, Ray Roberts Lake State Park is an excellent choice. Along with nearby Lake Lewisville, the park offers plenty of opportunities for fun on the water, hiking, or simply for relaxing by the shore.

Pilot Knoll Park

One of the most popular outdoor spots near Denton is Pilot Knoll Park. This beautiful park attracts visitors throughout the year and offers great spots for picnicking, hiking, relaxing, and having fun.

Denton Nightlife

Fortunata Winery

Fortunata Winery is a beautiful spot in Denton that offers live music, excellent wine, spacious outdoor seating, and delicious food – including five-course meals. It's a wonderful place to put on your list for a night out in Denton.

The Urban Cowboy Saloon

Though it’s a little bit of a drive from Denton, for those looking to make the trip, the Urban Cowboy Saloon in nearby Fort Worth is a great choice. It’s Fort Worth’s largest LBGTQ bar, and with a fun disco honkey-tonk feel, this bar practically guarantees a good time. It is a pillar of the LGBTQ community and is frequented by all.

Contact a Denton Gay Realtor Today

If you're ready to make a move to Denton, 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 Denton, and we would love to help connect you with the right one. Contact a Denton gay realtor today for a free, no-obligation consultation!

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