Best places to meet trans people in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

Hey folks, looking to dive into the trans scene in Albuquerque and Santa Fe? Well, you’re at the right place.

Both cities have a strong trans community but they offer different experiences.

In this guide, I’m going to walk you through the best ways to connect with the trans community in these areas.

We’ll look at the coolest nightspots, highlight key community resources, and pinpoint the top online dating sites. So let’s get started!

List of TG Friendly Venues in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

1. Bars and Clubs

Tranny friendly bars and clubs in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

When it comes to nightlife, Albuquerque really shines for the trans community, especially compared to Santa Fe.

Albuquerque’s Central Avenue in Nob Hill is packed with LGBT bars and clubs making it the perfect place to enjoy the city’s trans social scene.

As for Santa Fe, while the city itself is a gem, its nightlife scene is quieter, mainly due to a demographic skew towards the older side.

Anyway, here’s a list of bars and clubs where you can potentially meet TGs in both cities.


Social Club – Located at 4021 Central Ave NE, one of the best bars to meet trans people in Albuquerque.

They also recently started hosting a T4T singles night on Tuesdays, but be sure to confirm first before visiting.

Rocksteady’s Social Club – Located at 4217 Central Ave NE, this is a membership-only club but it’s popular among LGBT+ folks.

And don’t worry, getting the membership is very easy, but I’d only recommend it if you’re a local.

Bar Uno – Located at 106 2nd St SW, This bar is fantastic—cool people, great drinks, and a fun local crowd. It’s not just for the LGBT community; there are also many cis folks hanging out.

The staff does a great job keeping an eye on everyone and making sure bigots and transphobes are cut off when needed. It might be small, but that’s part of its charm!

Sidewinders Ranch – Located at 4200 Central Ave SE, this bar is lively and fun, yet it never feels overcrowded.

Can’t say enough good things about its owners, Renee and Michael for their incredible support towards the trans community. They always ensure that we feel welcome!

Santa Fe

As I mentioned, there aren’t many LGBT nightspots in Santa Fe. The only place I found worth going to is La Reina bar located at 1862 Cerrillos Road.

In comparison to other places I visited, this bar, at least, had a few queer individuals and a lot of young people in general to chat with.

2. Community Centers and Organizations

The cornerstone for LGBT+ community is the Transgender Resource Center located at 5600 Domingo Rd NE, in Albuquerque.

Even most trans from Santa Fe visit this center due to its inclusive atmosphere.

They host several support groups for trans, non-binary, and GNC folks every month. You can find all the details about them on this page.

For those looking for options in Santa Fe, check out this peer support group.

They meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center.

3. Trans Dating Sites

Shemales online in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

There’s a large trans community in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and one of the easiest ways to meet them is through online dating sites.

Pretty much every platform works, but I personally prefer OkCupid due to its large trans user base. It’s the perfect platform for both dating and making new friends.

For those looking for something less serious and more casual, Grindr is worth checking out.

It’s a hotspot for trans and cis people, who are mainly interested in hookups. Everyone is upfront and honest about what they want.

4. Online Groups and Pages

Looking to connect with the trans community through social media? There are loads of Facebook groups to dive into.

One of the biggest is AlbuQUEERque, with over 3.5K members. It’s a super active community for LGBT+ folks to stay in the loop about the latest parties, support group meetups, and other cool stuff.

Another one is Santa Fe NM Trans group. It’s all about bringing together folks from across the trans spectrum, plus GNC and non-binary people to connect online.

Then there’s Santa Fe Squid – a safe online hangout for trans and queer folks. It’s the place to find out about trans-friendly parties, events, and meetups.

And hey, don’t miss out on Friends of Dorothy on Meetup. It’s a chill monthly LGBTQ+ social mixer that’s perfect for meeting new people with a laid-back vibe.

5. Other LGBT+ Spaces

Trans friendly gyms in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

If you’re up for meeting LGBTQ+ folks in a different setting, then try visiting Stone Age Climbing, a trans-friendly gym.

They have inclusive Rainbow Senders night on the 1st Friday of every month and joining it is a great way to meet trans men and women.

Also, have a look at Self Serve Toys, it’s a queer-owned sex toy shop and they do a lot of meetups and seminars for the community.

Even if you don’t meet trans people there, they’ll at least point you in the right direction.

What It’s Like to Be Transgender in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

The LGBT community in these cities might be on the smaller side, but it’s definitely growing.

However, what’s great about New Mexico is how safe it is for trans people.

Folks around here are more likely to stand up for you than give you any trouble for just being yourself.

But a heads-up to steer clear of places like Edgewood and Rio Rancho

Edgewood’s got a bit of a rural, country vibe, and Rio Rancho… let’s just say it’s not the most progressive spot.

In the southern part of the state, it’s a mixed bag, but Northern New Mexico, including most of Albuquerque-Santa Fe, is generally safe.

The real challenge is healthcare. Honestly, the system isn’t great. You can probably get appointments at Planned Parenthood, but if you’re looking at UNM’s center, be ready for a long waiting time.

In a nutshell, both Albuquerque and Santa Fe are super trans-friendly but Santa Fe attracts an older crowd. Younger trans folks might feel bored, especially if you’re single.

Albuquerque, on the other hand, is a more fitting choice if you’re trying to connect and party with younger people.

Wrapping Up: Enjoy Meeting Trans in Albuquerque-Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s queer scene tends to skew older, so making trans friends there might depend a lot on how you vibe with the crowd.

If you’re more into a younger scene and love the nightlife, Albuquerque’s probably more your scene.

But hey, you’ve got chances to meet transgender individuals in both cities. It boils down to whether you prefer connecting online or offline.

So, that’s all from me. Hope you enjoy hanging out with the trans community in Albuquerque-Santa Fe!

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