If you are part of a LBGT family, there are several Rhode Island towns that would be a great place to settle down in and purchase a home. These cities are not only safe, but the residents are also very welcoming to LGBT families.

  • Providence
  • Wickford
  • Bristol
  • Newport
  • Coventry
  • Westerly
  • Barrington
  • Jamestown

Providence, Rhode Island  

 Providence is a city, not a town, but it is one of the most LGBT friendly places in the state. It is the capital of Rhode Island, and is one of the most diverse cities in the area. There is also an open and friendly LGBT community. According to NerdWallet, Providence is the 4th most LGBT friendly city in the United States.

The city of Providence is the most populous in the state, therefore, there are several public, charter, and private schools in the city. There are over 30,000 school age children in Providence, therefore, there are 25 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, and 13 high schools in Providence.

Because Providence has such a strong LGBT community, there are several things for them to do. The Rhode Island Pride Parade is popular. This is an annual parade put on by Rhode Island Pride, whose mission is to create opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. They have the parade every year to educate the public and allow the LGBT community to express and celebrate their sexual identities in a fun and safe atmosphere. The Stables is also an excellent place to hang out. If LGBT couples are looking for something fun to do at night, they can visit Providence's newest metropolitan bar. The venue features premier cocktails, billiards, and occasional independent live music.

Wickford, Rhode Island  


Wickford is a small village in the town of North Kingston. It is located on the Narragansett Bay and is just a 20 minute drive from Newport. It is an excellent place for LGBT families. Children in Wickford attend schools in the North Kingston School Department. 

There are plenty of LGBT friendly activities to do in Wickford. If families want to leave town, they can travel 30 minutes or 22.5 miles to Providence, where they join Pride, a LGBT group. There are also several LGBT bars in Providence. If families plan to stay closer to home, they can visit. There are plenty of beaches for LGBT families to visit. Some of the most popular include, North Kingston Town Beach and Plum Beach. Families can travel a quick 11 minute drive to Yawgoo Valley Ski Area & Water Park. They offer skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter, and a full water park during the summer.

Bristol, Rhode Island



 Bristol is one of Rhode Island's most historic towns. According to the 2010 census, Bristol has a population of 22,954. There are 8,314 households and 5,563 families residing in the town. It is also a very LGBT friendly town. Residents are very accepting of people of varying sexual orientations. The town of Bristol shares a school system with Warren, Rhode Island. The school system is rated one of the best in Rhode Island. The school has a group for students who are LGBT or who come from families who are.

There are many fun things for LGBT couples and families to do in Bristol. They can also travel 36 minutes or 17.8 miles to Providence to enjoy the LGBT scene there. There are also nice things for families to do right in Bristol. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum is a 33 acre summer estate with amazing views of Narragansett Bay. Visitors can tour the mansions and the gardens, and there are often holiday activities planned. Each year, Bristol holds the oldest Independence Day festivities in the United States. 

Newport, Rhode Island  


 Newport is a seaside town famous for the well known Newport Mansions. Millions of people flock to Newport each summer to enjoy the town, beaches, and activities the town has to offer. It is also home to the United States Naval War College, the Naval Station Newport, and it houses a major United States Navy training center.

LGBT families with children can benefit from moving to Newport. According to the U.S. New Best High School ratings, it has been named one of the top 20 schools in Rhode Island. Newport's high school has clubs for students who are LGBT to meet, where they can spend time with people who are going through the same things that they are.

There are a variety of LGBT couple and family friendly activities to do in Newport.  Newport's Cliff Walk is one of its most popular attractions. Couples and families can tour the Newport Mansions, including the William Watts Sherman House, Belcourt Castle, Marble House, Rose Cliff, The Breakers, Rough Point, and The Elms. Visitors can also enjoy the Newport shoreline. Many people in Newport visit Hydrangea House Inn. This is an excellent spot for romantic getaways. Couples can enjoy suites with two person spa tubs, a romantic fireplace, and nightly turn down service. There are many beautiful beaches in Newport, including Eastons Beach, Gooseberry Beach, Hazard's Beach, and Sachuest Beach.

Coventry, Rhode Island   


Coventry is a town in Rhode Island, made up of a variety of small villages, such as Anthony. Greene, Harris, and many others.There is a stigma with small towns, that they are not very accepting of the LGBT population. This is not the case in Coventry. Many LGBT families have settled down in this quaint little town and built wonderful lives there. Coventry has an excellent school system for LGBT families with children.  Students who attend the high school can use the many support systems that are in place at the school 

There are many things for Coventry residents to do in town. Johnson's Pond is a popular place for Coventry residents. This is a waterfront neighborhood, with facilities for fishing and water sports. Wakeboarding Magazine rated Johnson's Pond as the best wakeboarding location in Rhode Island. Coventry Greenway is a pedestrian bike path, which is built on the old New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The path is is 15 miles, from the Connecticut State line to the West Warwick town line. Recently, the Coventry Greenway underwent a massive restoration, and is open for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. Shela Lara Vineyards & Winery is Rhode Island's premier winery, and they ferment, vinify, bottle, and label their wines on the premise. They offer wine tastings and tours, as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.

Westerly, Rhode Island  


Westerly is a nice town, located on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County. The town is made up of several small villages, including Avondale, Potter Hill, Watch Hill, and many others. Although Westerly is small, it has a relatively high LGBT population for a town its size. Westerly is a relatively small town with an excellent school system. There are four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

Westerly hosts a variety of fun events each year. All of the events are family friendly. There is a River Duck Race in April, an art festival in May, Shakespeare in the park in June, Riverglow in July, movies on the beach all summer, and a Columbus Day parade in October. LGBT residents who want to leave Westerly for a night out, can travel just 46 minutes to Providence, where there are many LGBT restaurants and bars.

Barrington, Rhode Island  


 Barrington is a very LGBT friendly town, located in Bristol County. The town was number 6 on CNN/Money Magazine's list of “The Best 100 Places to Live in the United States.” There are 16,819 people living in Barrington, with 6,011 households and 4,172 families. Education focused parents often move to Barrington so that they can prepare their children for college. The school system is consistently ranked the best in the State of Rhode Island. 

There are a variety of LGBT friendly activities to do in Barrington. Residents of Barrington can shop at the Barrington Ice House Mall and also enjoy a few excellent restaurants. Osmequin Natural trail is a beautiful place to visit.Nature lovers can enjoy a hike on a nice day, enjoying the fresh air and the scenery. Each year, Barrington host a PGA tour event. Nayatt Point Lighthouse is one of the oldest, most beautiful lighthouses in Rhode Island. The Barrington Preservation Society Society Museum is a museum where residents can get information about artifacts and historical collection in the museum. There are also various exhibitions and social and educational events held each year.

Residents who want to explore more nightlife and LGBT activities can travel just 17 minutes to Providence.

Jamestown, Rhode Island  


Jamestown is a very small, LGBT friendly town. It is situated on Connecticut Island, which is the second largest island in Narragansett Bay. The town is just nine miles long and one mile wide. Jamestown has a small, yet excellent school system. There are just two elementary schools. There is one middle school, and one high school, which is shared with students in North Kingston. 

There are a variety of things for LGBT couples and families to do and see in Jamestown, including Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, Jamestown Historical Society Museum, Jamestown Fire Memorial Museum, Fort Wetherill State Park, the Island Heron, Head's Beach, and Fort Getty Park. LGBT couples that want to venture out of Jamestown, can travel just 36 minutes to Providence.