MTV’s Logo network and its unveiled the winners of their first ever TripOut Gay Travel Awards this month. Decided by more than 100,000 votes from the website’s readers and Logo viewers, the awards honor the destinations and travel services that deserve such unique titles including “Sexiest Place on Earth,” “Best Breakout Destination,” “Ultimate Luxury Hotel” and “Best Gay Bar in the World” for the gay and lesbian community.

“The voting results showcase the places our community loves to visit, where and with whom they choose to spend their time and money, and which destinations and businesses truly excel in welcoming LGBT visitors,” John Polly,’s editor, said in a press release.

TripOut Gay Travel Award Winners

Best Global Destination: Rio de Janeiro
Other nominees: Barcelona, Buenos Aires, London, Montreal, Sydney

Best U.S. Destination: New York
Other nominees: New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Provincetown,
San Francisco

Best Gay Bar in the World: The Abbey
Other nominees: Exit, Sidetrack, Heaven, The Week, Le Drugstore

Sexiest Place on Earth: Paris
Other nominees: Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Madrid, Mykonos

See Q-Notes’ other gay winter travel features in our QLiving section

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.