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LGBTQ+ friendly places Edit or translate this description.
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Status: de facto


The lgbtq=* tag indicates  LGBTQ* community friendly places for  Lesbian,  Gay,  Bi,  Trans or  Queer etc people.

This tag can be added to: Pubs, Bars, Cafes, Nightclubs, Sports clubs, Dancing schools, Sexual, medical or general counseling, Foundations, Libraries, Museums, Shops, Community Centres, toilets...

Only places which openly mark themselves as a LGBTQ venue should be tagged as such. In places with widespread oppression against LGBTQ people, such places will not open advertise like this, they should not be mapped.

How to Map

Add lgbtq=primary tag to the object

Use lgbtq:*=* for more options, e.g. lgbtq:trans=primary for a venue aimed at trans people.



Locations, which caters to an exclusively or predominantly LGBTQ audience, either by the managers running it like that, or overwhelming convention


amenity=bar + lgbtq=primary
What is commonly called a  gay bar
amenity=bar + lgbtq=primary + lgbtq:women=primary
A bar which is aimed at LGBTQ women (some people may call this a  Lesbian bar)
amenity=community_centre + lgbtq=primary + lgbtq:trans=primary
A trans community centre
amenity=place_of_worship + lgbtq=primary
A place of worship which is aimed towards LGBTQ* people.


This venue is only for LGBTQ* people. This is probably rare, but might be useful with subkeys. This is not for places which are mostly full of this category, which is often too subjective, but for places which essentially ban others.


amenity=nightclub + lgbtq=primary + lgbtq:men=only
A nightclub which is run to cater to LGBTQ people, only allows in men.


This venue denies entry to LGBTQ people. In some places this is illegal, so this tag might be uncommon. For example there should be almost no places in the UK, USA, Ireland, Germany, etc which should have this tag. It is included here for completeness sake. OpenStreetMap's long standing verifiability rule means we can't tag ”LGBTQ unfriendly” establishments.


amenity=place_of_worship + lgbtq=no
A place of worship which denies entry to LGBTQ* people.

When using lgbtq:*=only, other categories of people must be presumed to be banned. lgbtq:women=only implies lgbtq:men=no.


lgbtq=yes should be interpreted as lgbtq=primary, but should not be used. yes is the opposite of no, but the opposite of lgbtq=no is lgbtq=only. For clarity it is best to avoid lgbtq=yes (and lgbtq:*=yes).

More Specific / sub cultures

lgbtq=* can be used as a namespace, for more fine grained detail for different categories of people/sub-cultures. The following is a suggested guide, you are free to expand this or use your own values.

subkey Synonyms Example Note
women female, woman lgbtq:women=primary
men male, man lgbtq:men=only
trans transgender lgbtq:trans=primary
cis cisgender This might never be used, but is included for completeness sake. Trans only spaces can be mapped as lgbtq:trans=only which implies lgbtq:cis=no)
queer lgbtq:queer=only
bears bear lgbtq:bears=primary For  bear subculture.
others Free form text that the mapper has decided makes sense.


  • Since bi & pan (etc.) people exist, lesbian or gay might be not accurate, since the venue might allow lesbians and bi women (or gay men and bi men), and harmful, since it contributes to  bi-erasure.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, men, women, etc is trans inclusive. men means trans and cis men, etc.


Places, websites, or apps, using this tagging scheme:

  • iD has a preset since v2.15.0 (released 21 May 2019)[1]
  • Please add details

See also

OSM Logos

There are some LGBTQ+ versions of the OpenStreetMap Logos.


Possible synonyms