Well, oooh la la. Is there anywhere more quintessentially romantic than Paris? It's SO much more than baguettes and berets. It's said that Paris is the most visited destination in the world, with glamorous boutiques, rich culture and breathtaking sights, it's definitely a must on anyone's bucket list.
You've got the obvious instagrammable hotspots such as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre to name only a few. Then there's Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is known as the most beautiful avenue in the world and a haven for any shopper. With the Louis Vuitton flagship, a sister to the Tiffany & Co flagship from New York and designers such as Cartier all located on the avenue, it truly is a prestigious location.
Also dotted with Michelin starred restaurants and mouth-watering macarons, there's still a whole list of why Paris is known as the City of Pleasure 😉
Of course, where else would the LGBTQ community set up other than the most cultural, artistic and beautiful side of Paris? The Marais, filled with Museums, Galleries and boutiques is also home to the most inclusive bars of this magnificent city. With Bars & Clubs aptly named things like "Cox" and "Bears Den", you can certainly tell you're in the gay side of town! Just like Paris itself, Marais is vast and diverse and has something for everyone...
If you're up for a little eye candy then RAIDD is for you, famous for its shower shows on Thursdays (you're welcome). If you like a little bit of leather head straight to One Way. If you want a more casual and intimate setting you've got Duplex... and the list goes on!
There are also a few lesbian bars around, 3W is women only but men can come in if they're with women. A really cool place is La Muntinerie which isn't just a lesbian bar but also a place where people can rally together for the LGBTQ+ community, our rights and our charities.
In 2019, Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo responded to a rise in homophobic attacks by renaming four central squares and streets after prominent LGBT figures.
One square was dedicated to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California. Another was named after Ovida Delect, a transgender woman who worked with the French Resistance during WWII. The third was dedicated to gay Holocaust survivor Pierre Seel and the last commemorated the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
France is one of the first countries in the world to support the gay movement. Here are a few other important facts and dates in the country's LGBT history:
- Homosexuality in France was decriminalised after the French Revolution way back in 1791. That’s almost 200 years earlier than the UK, Spain and Germany, to name a few other major European countries.
- In 1998, French politician Bertrand Delanoë announced that he was gay just 3 days before his election as mayor. Delacoë made history as one of the first openly gay political figures to lead a prominent European city like Paris.
- The LGBT community in France is allowed to marry, adopt and serve in the military.
- Studies have shown that most French people back same-sex marriage and accept homosexuality as a normal part of society.