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In Paris, the Marais neighborhood close to the City Hall (Hotel de Ville) has blossomed into the city's indisputable gay center. There you'll find countless gay bars and restaurants, gay-oriented shops and hotels, and throngs of gay people from all over the world. All of this is a relatively recent phenomenon, so it hasn't yet lost its novelty, its energy... In 2001 Paris elected its first openly gay mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, affirming the city's tolerance towards us. Indeed, gay life in Paris is inextricably intertwined with dominant (straight) culture, in spite of the Marais' reputation as a "ghetto". Straight Parisians often frequent gay-identified bars and clubs, reputed as the trendiest, most happening places in town, and social gatherings (dinner parties are a high sacred rite of life in France) are usually mixed. It is safe to say, overall, that the French genuinely like gay people, so you should feel welcome everywhere. (excerpt from Gay Life in France)

  • BonJour Paris - several articles about gay life in Le Marais
  • Paris-Gay.com - a guide for gay tourists in Paris offers comprehensive information about life and culture around the city. The site includes an updated calendar of events, essentials for travelers, a photo collection and links to gay oriented sites.
  • "Gay Paris mayor strikes out at French homophobia" - an article at Expatica.com profiling Paris' openly gay mayor, Bertrand Delanoe.
  • 365Gay.com - a comprehensive source for gay and lesbian news.
  • Paris and Its Gay Village, The Marais - "Paris' gay scene can be characterized as colorful and plentiful judging by the abundance of recent clubs, bars, saunas and gyms. But in Paris things are best done under a cover of "charm".
  • Man's Touch - Gay tour of Paris and other travel information for the gay visitor.

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