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Gay bars in Le Marais are part of the fun, they all have a different style, always busy, some of them disappeared in the past 5 years due to the incredidible rise of real estate prices in the Marais. They are often replaced by chic boutiques that makes a strange mixity. Size matters- and time matters too!
The gay scene and gay nightlife center around Le Marais and Les Halles districts, rue des Lombards, rue du Temple and rue des Archives. The popular Gibus is packed at weekends and hosts occasional queer dance parties such as house and disco session Menergy. The clientele is mostly men, but there are also venues offering up something for the ladies.
Paris is the perfect host to celebrate this 10th edition, which is expected 15, participants from over 70 countries! Supported by the highest French institutional and sporting bodies, PARIS prepares games celebrating diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing. Facing the world and the future, Paris and the Ile-de-France Region want to deliver GAY GAMES for the greatest number of people in the tradition of the spirit of Tom Waddell, its initiator, who dreamed of a world where the word equality would take its meaning, a world where the exclusion would no longer exist because of any difference.
We love Lyon because it has a mix of everything. In this area, it is not uncommon to see same sex couples walking the streets holding hands. Following our many trips to France's gastronomical capital, we've put together our gay guide to Lyon including the best bars, clubs, cruising clubs, saunas, events and places to stay.
Although most straight venues were clearly inhabited by homosexuals and lesbians who conformed to traditional values, same-sex venues began to open to cater for those who needed a greater degree of openness. The three areas of Montmartre, Pigalle and Montparnasse were where most of these venues emerged, taking advantage of an already well developed nightlife. But many were transitory: they opened, were closed by the police and opened again in a continual cycle of defiance.
It also has some of the best wines and cheeses, as well as quite a vibrant gay scene. The cultural highlight of Lyon is the Light Festival in early December, which takes over the entire city. We always love visiting Lyon when traveling in France and have put together our 5 must-see highlights for gay travelers based on our personal experiences here:. As stated above, Lyon is famous for being the gastronomic capital of France.
The city of Lyon has quietly grew into one of the gay scene hotbeds in France through many recreational activities on the sidewalks or being closed doors. The nightlife in Lyon provides gathering places for everyone and the gay scene is not left aside. Gay bars are clustered around the Cordeliers neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement.
With around 90 saunas, France is number 1 in Europe when it comes to gay saunas. Along with the sex clubs the saunas are the most popular meeting places for gay men. Whether in the lunch break, after a busy day at the university or in the late evening, here one can always find what one is looking for.