Amsterdam is one of those places in the world that has been essential to LGBTQ rights progress over the years. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage (2001). A lot of pre-Stonewall LGBTQ rights work was done here, but earlier in Dutch history “sodomites” were hunted and executed at high rates.
One of the coolest places I saw was a gay-friendly bar founded in 1927 by an open lesbian:
For photos of the inside of the bar and several other pictures of queer Amsterdam, visit the Facebook album.