Sure, this list may sound subjective. But before your skepticism gets the better of you, we’d like to reassure you that this list has been approved by PETA (actually, they wrote it!).
Eating vegan can mean different things to different people. For some vegans, the line is drawn at the food they spend money on and consume. For others, even a restaurant or other food establishment that isn’t fully plant-based isn’t something they want to fund with their hard-earned dollars.
At the end of the day, one thing is clear: a restaurant can show support for its vegans by doing more than just adding veggie burgers to the menu.
And around the United States, some places are certainly going above and beyond these days. These cities have become famous for being vegan-friendly – both incorporating plant-based items into their culinary experiences, and by encouraging vegans in a variety of social and economic ways to either visit or even move and expand the appreciated local vegan economy. It seems like almost every day new plant-based recipes and with them, new vegan restaurants, are popping up. And thanks to the foodies who have to try it all, it’s no longer hard at all to find the best of the bunch!
The first few cities on this list might be predictable, BUT some of the cities on this list come from areas long famous for a vegan’s worst enemy: meat. While it doesn’t seem like their carnivorous expertise is suffering, they might just have the best of both worlds – and are definitely worth a visit to find out. Plus, any excuse to travel is a great one…
As of 2019, these are the cities topping the vegan-friendly list nation-wide:
1. San Francisco, California
2. Los Angeles, California
3. NYC, New York
4. Portland, Oregon
5. Detroit, Michigan
6. Orlando, Florida
7. Dallas, Texas
8. Nashville, Tennessee
9. Washington DC
10. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Were you surprised by any of the cities that made the list?
Hollywood is full of power couples, including same-sex A-Listers that decided to put a ring on it. From actors and comedians to athletes and singers, these celebrity members of the LGBTQ community are living their best lives. Check out our list of same-sex celebrity couples who got hitched.
Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
First up is Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and her wife, Christine Marinoni. Nixon and Marinoni started dating in 2004, got engaged at a rally for same-sex marriage in 2009, and then got married in 2012 in New York City.
George Takei and Brad Altman
Beloved actor George Takei is best known for his role in the sci-fi series Star Trek. Though the star’s sexuality was an open secret among fans since the 1970s, he didn’t publicly come out until 2005. Takei has been with his partner, Brad Altman, since the late 1980s, and they finally tied the knot in 2008.
In fact, George Takei and Brad Altman were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood. How showbiz of them!
Wanda Sykes and Alex Sykes
Actress and writer, Wanda Sykes, was married to a man in the 1990s but publicly came out as a lesbian at a same-sex marriage rally in 2008. A month before that, Sykes got hitched to her French wife, Alex Niedbalski.
Sadly, Wanda Sykes’ parents had difficulty with her sexuality, but after a period of estrangement, the family is now on good terms. When asked about opposition to same-sex marriage, Sykes said, “I don’t understand why people really get upset about something that doesn’t affect them.”
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley was raised in a religious family, but her co-pastor parents are definitely pro-LGBTQ. In fact, their church was the only one in Washington D.C. that performed same-sex marriages in 2007.
Wiley is married to Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli, who she met while working on the show. Morelli had been married to a man, but now identifies as a lesbian. The pair put a ring on it in 2017 in California.
Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
American actor Matt Bomer and his publicist husband, Simon Halls managed to get married without the media finding out. The star revealed in 2014 that he had married his partner back in 2011, but decided to keep the whole thing on the down-low. Indeed, Bomer publicly came out in 2012, when he was already married.
Matt and Halls now have three sons together, named Kit, Walker, and Henry Halls. The handsome duo tied the knot in a small New York ceremony.
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Now here’s an iconic lesbian Hollywood couple – actresses Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor. With a 32 year age gap, this glamorous pair haven’t officially put a ring on it, but they clearly only have eyes for each other.
Back in 2015, Taylor revealed that she was dating a younger woman. Eventually, we found out it was American Horror Story actress Paulson. Speaking to the New York Times, Paulson said, “What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Like many of the LGBTQ celebs on this list, British Olympic diver Tom Daly had to deal with lots of tabloid speculation about his sexuality. A popular YouTuber, the athlete revealed he was in a relationship with a man on a video, but didn’t identify as gay or bisexual explicitly.
Since then, Daley has identified as queer and even tied the knot with screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. The couple got married in 2017 and welcomed their son, Robbie, the following year.
Tom Ford and Richard Buckley
From one Tom to another, next up is American fashion designer and movie director Tom Ford. The one-time creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent has been with his husband, journalist Richard Buckley, since 1986. Quite the fashionable pair, Buckley is the former editor in chief of Vogue Hommes International.
The couple got married in 2014 after 14 years together. Together, Tom Ford and Richard Buckley have a son, Alexander John “Jack” Buckley Ford. The adventurous family has lived in Italy, the USA, and the UK.
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak
While his most famous on-screen character is very much in love with Amy Farrah Fowler, in real life Jim Parsons only has eyes for his husband Todd Spiewak. The pair have been together since the noughties, and finally, put a ring on it in 2017 in New York City.
Describing their relationship, Parsons said, “an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out—a regular life, boring love.”
Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison
Rumors about actress Jodie Foster’s sexuality started way back in the ’90s, but the star didn’t publicly come out until 2007. The Academy Award-winning actress is married to American actress and photographer Alexandra Hedison, and she put a ring on it after less than a year of dating!
Alexandra Hedison was previously in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, and Foster has two sons with producer Cydney Bernard. Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison have been married since 2014.
Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef
According to Puerto Rican singer and King of Latin Pop, Ricky Martin, when he first saw Syrian-Swedish painter Jwan Yosef, he said “I am going to marry this guy.” Even better, Jwan Yosef reports saying the exact same thing. It was fate!
It took Ricky Martin some time to come out, and he faced speculation over his sexuality due to his large gay following. Nowadays, Martin and Yosef are married and raise four kids together, Matteo, Valentino, Lucía, and Renn.
Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle Melton
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach is the highest all-time goal scorer for the women’s US soccer team. The retired athlete was married to fellow soccer player Sarah Huffman between 2013-2016 but is now married to American author Glennon Doyle.
Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach met on one of Doyle’s book tours and announced their relationship in 2016. Not ones to take their time, the pair got hitched in 2017 and have been together ever since.
Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer
Country singer Chely Wright felt conflicted about her sexuality from a young age. The star was raised in a Christian home and decided early on to hide her sexuality in the hopes of becoming a successful performer. After years of hiding relationships, and her true self, the star bravely came out in 2010.
Right after coming out, Chely Wright met her future wife, LGBTQ activist, and marketing director Lauren Blitzer. The couple got married in 2011 and have twin boys together.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Surely one of the most famous lesbian celebrity power couples is TV queens Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. The couple has been together since 2004 and got married in 2008 after the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California. After their wedding, actress de Rossi legally changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
These two have been by each other’s side through thick and thin. When Ellen faced a raft of criticism over her show, Portia stood by her side the entire time. Now that’s a dynamic duo!
Ryan Murphy and David Miller
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has brought us all sorts of TV gems, including The Politician and American Horror Story. As one of the most powerful men in television, Murphy has been celebrated for bringing LGBTQ characters to the small screen.
Ryan Murphy has been married to photographer husband David Miller since 2012, and the couple has three sons together. As well as showcasing LGBTQ characters, Ryan Murphy has also raised awareness for AIDS by working with various charitable organizations.
Elton John and David Furnish
Here’s another pair of LGBTQ queens – or perhaps the princes of same-sex Hollywood couples. English powerhouse Elton John has too many hits to count, including his Princess Di tribute that remains the best-selling single in UK and US chart history.
Elton John met his future husband David Furnish in 1993, and the couple got married in 2014. Furnish commented on their marriage saying, “We feel it’s really important to take that step and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example.”
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
Next up are interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. This handsome pair front their own reality TV show on TLC and must have the best home décor of anyone on this list.
This couple met in 2012, got engaged a year later, and tied the knot a year after that. Nate and Jeremiah have two children together – daughter, Poppy, and son, Oskar Michael. Plus, this pair was actually the first same-sex couple to appear in an ad in Rolling Stone.
Billy Porter and Adam Smith
Broadway star and actor Billy Porter credits his role in the musical Kinky Boots for helping him embrace his feminine side. The star first met his future husband, Adam Smith, in 2009 but went their separate ways after a short romance.
After five whole years apart, the couple rekindled their romance and eventually tied the knot in 2017. Speaking about their wedding, Smith said, “It was so much fun and it was a whirlwind.” Judging by Porter’s fabulous fashion sense, we bet it was!
Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge first came out as a lesbian back in 1993. The long-time gay rights activist had several public same-sex relationships and had two children via surrogacy with musician David Crosby.
Now, the “Come To My Window” singer is married to American actress and writer Linda Wallem. The pair got hitched in 2014. Amazingly, the couple was born on the same day, which must mean there’s a pretty big party in the Etheridge-Wallem house every year!
Michael Kors and Lance LePere
American fashion designer Michael Kors has a pretty huge hand in dressing the world. The Long Island-born designer married his husband, Lance Le Pere, in 2011 in a private ceremony in the Hamptons.
Celebrating together with friends and family on Dune Beach, Michael Kors commented, “To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of.” We have to admit that they make a pretty cute couple.
Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne
Up next is the fabulous comedian Tig Notaro and her wife, actress, and writer Stephanie Allynne. This pair met on the set of the comedy movie In a World…. and tied the knot two years later in 2015. Adorably, the pair welcomed twin boys in 2016.
Stephanie Allynne had never dated a woman before meeting Tig. She remembers, “I was so into Tig and I was falling in love with her, and I didn’t know how to identify it because I thought I was straight.”
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Actress Lily Tomlin and writer Jane Wagner have been together for almost 50 years. The couple met in 1971 and have been together ever since. For many years the media referred to Wagner as Tomlin’s “collaborator,” because the couple didn’t publicly declare their sexuality. Eventually, in 2013 they tied the knot.
Jane Wagner has won Peabody Awards and scored herself a Writers Guild of America award. She has also scooped up three Emmy awards for her work with her wife. They sound like a fabulous team, both professionally and romantically.
David Hyde Pierce and Brian Hargrove
Here’s another Emmy award winner that’s a member of the LGBTQ community. Frasier star David Hyde Pierce faced years of speculation about his sexuality and came out as gay publicly back in 2007.
While accepting a Tony Award, David Hyde Pierce thanked his long-time partner Brian Hargrove, referencing their lengthy relationship. The couple got married in 2008 in California. Hyde Pierce has spoken out about bans on same-sex marriage and is a long-time supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer
Scottish actor, singer, and activist Alan Cumming has been awarded for his outstanding contributions to eliminating homophobia. The bisexual star became civil partners with illustrator Grant Shaffer in 2007. Five years later, on the anniversary of their first ceremony, the couple married legally in 2012.
While you mightn’t have heard of Grant Shaffer, you’ll definitely have seen his work. The graphic designer and artist has designed music videos like “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé, “Takara” by Madonna, and “Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
TV and Broadway star Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced his engagement to lawyer, Justin Mikita, in 2012. The pair got married in Manhattan the following year, with playwright Tony Kushner officiating the ceremony.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita actually met while at the gym, and now have a son, Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, who was born in 2020. Apparently, the stars had plenty of other celebs at their New York City nuptials. Also, they asked for donations to a marriage equality charity rather than gifts.
Barry Manilow and Garry Kief
It’s hard to believe that megastar Barry Manilow spent much of his career in the closet. As was common at the time, the star hid his sexuality because of his hordes of female fans, and the fear that being gay would destroy his career.
Incredibly, Manilow’s manager advised him to hide his sexuality but was also in love with him. After years of working together, Barry Manilow and Garry Kief got married in 2014. Yet, Manilow himself only publicly came out in 2017. Thankfully, his fans were supportive.
Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle
Here’s another star that’s majorly aligned with the LGBTQ community but didn’t publicly come out until much later in life. Sean Hayes is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on Will & Grace but he didn’t speak out about his own sexuality in fear of how it could affect his career.
Eventually, Hayes came out in 2010, and commented that he had “contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America.” Sean Hayes married his partner Scott Icenogle in 2014.
Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke
Family Ties star Meredith Baxter has been married four times and spent many years in unhappy relationships being confused about her sexuality. After the end of her third marriage to a man, the star came out as a lesbian in 2009.
Several years before publicly coming out, Meredith Baxter met general contractor Nancy Locke and the pair started dating. Baxter and Locke ended up getting married in 2013 in Los Angeles, and have been together ever since.
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
NSYNC star Lance Bass came out as gay in a cover story for People in 2006. Up until the age of 22, Bass had only dated women, but he publicly came out because of his highly publicized relationship with Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.
In 2011, Lance Bass started dating actor and painter Michael Turchin. The couple met at a birthday party the year before and got married in 2014. The pair’s OTT wedding was even featured in a 2015 E! special.
RuPaul and Georges LeBar
RuPaul has done a huge amount for the LGBTQ community, both in the US and across the world. The star’s reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race has brought drag culture to millions of people, making him the most famous drag queen in the world.
RuPaul married his long-term partner, painter Georges Lebar in 2017. The couple has an open marriage as the star claims he doesn’t want to “put restraints” on his husband. Hey, whatever works for you Ru!
Catherine Bell and Brooke Daniells
Catherine Lisa Bell is a British-American actress, producer, and model best known for her roles on the TV shows JAG and Army Wives, as well as The Good Witch Films. Though she was previously married for 17 years to screenwriter Adam Beason with whom she shares two children, she has since found love again.
Brooke Daniells is an LA-based photographer and party planner who stole Bell’s heart. The pair have been living together since 2012. What a pretty couple, right?
Raven-Symoné and Miranda Maday
Raven-Symoné has been on our TV screens for decades, starting as a child actress back in the 1980s. Whilst she has never publicly come out, the star has spoken in favor of same-sex marriage, and is married to social media manager Miranda Maday.
Raven-Symoné prefers not to label herself in terms of race or sexuality. Speaking with Oprah Winfrey, the actress stated that she identifies as an American and “a human who loves humans.” Nonetheless, the celeb is outspoken about LGBTQ issues.
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird
Next up is another US soccer star with a collection of awards under her belt. The co-captain of the national team, Megan Rapinoe is known for her sublime soccer skills and her LGBTQ activism.
The athlete publicly came out in 2012 and had several relationships with women. In 2017, Rapinoe and basketball player Sue Bird confirmed they were dating, and several years later they announced their engagement. Bird publicly came out in 2017 while discussing her relationship with Rapinoe.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
While Neil Patrick Harris plays a womanizer on How I Met Your Mother, he publicly came out as gay in 2006. The actor was in a relationship with actor and chef David Burtka, and the couple went on to get married and start a family together.
Neil and David got engaged in 2011 and put a ring on it in Italy in 2014. Naturally, Elton John performed at the reception. Now, the couple is parents to twins, Harper Grace and Gideon Scott.
Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor
WNBA fans know Diana Taurasi as the “White Mamba” – one of the greatest female basketball players of all time. In 2017, the incredible athlete married Penny Taylor, the Phoenix Mercury Director of Player Development and Performance. In 2018, the couple welcomed their son, Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor.
Penny Taylor was also a professional basketball player and now works as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Mercury. Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor were actually teammates at one stage – what a match made in basketball heaven!
Victor Garber and Rainer Andreesen
Finally, we round out our list with Canadian actor Victor Garber. The Tony Award-winning star didn’t refer to his sexuality publicly until 2012 when he described himself as gay. A year later, Garber commented, “I don’t really talk about it, but everybody knows.”
In 2015, the star’s long-term partner, artist, and model Rainer Andreesen announced via social media that the couple had put a ring on it. The couple has been together since 2000 and got hitched in their home nation of Canada.