Gay friendly refers to places, policies, people or institutions that actively seek to create an environment friendly towards LGBT people. This is typically a late 20th century North American term that was the byproduct of both a gradual implementation of gay rights and acceptance of gay-friendly policies in the workplace and in schools, as well as the recognition of gays and lesbians as a distinct consumer group for businesses. cities that are known worldwide as being gay friendly including San Francisco, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Berlin.

Examples of Gay friendly companies include Dell Inc. and Coca-Cola Company who are noted for gay-friendly work environments, and KJ Beckett, Ginch Gonch and Egotour who are seen to offer niche products and services for gay customers.

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