Paris, with its chic cafes on the boulevard, ancient narrow streets that seem to breathe history, high fashion of world fame, and the general ambience of romance, is one of the most preferred vacation spots in the world. Irrespective of the visitors’ sexual preferences, Paris welcomes everyone, and offers them complete freedom with the brightness that befits the “city of lights”. Gay, lesbian, bi, or Trans (GLBT) travellers to this city do not face any kind of barriers and are in fact, celebrated with a number of annual events, with updates about these events being available online. Some of the most popular events celebrated around the year include:
GLBT Pride Parade
This is a huge street party with thousands of people gathering all over from Paris and abroad, dancing and celebrating in the streets along the riverside in the brightly lit city. The openly-gay mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, and some other politicians frequently makes an appearance at this parade, which is followed by street and bar parties in the Marais or Bastille.
Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
A week-long event that screens GLBT-themed films generally held in the month of December at the Forum d’Images cinema at Les Halles city centre and attracts huge crowds. You might also catch similarly themed movies at the exciting Paris’ film festival.
Paris Feminist and Lesbian Film Festival
Film screenings, exhibits, concerts, conferences, musical acts, and debates at this event endeavour to showcase women’s issues and/or queer women.
Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival
This newly conceptualized event intends to provide a forum for the GLBTQ artists to present their creations and to bring forth any issues they might be facing.
PopinGays Dance Nights
A semi-monthly event, that welcomes everyone, presents queer-themed rock, pop, and indie dance nights. Organised by the PopinGays association, the event makes for a sparkling fun time with artistic DJs and lovely music.
Queer Food for Love
A delicious vegan and vegetarian community dinner, presented by gifted volunteer cooks, is a bright and warm affair with coloured picnic tables huddled around a tiny collective kitchen – the Rotisserie.
With so much welcoming and celebrating their sexual preferences, the GLBTs can really enjoy their visit to and stay in Paris!! If you’re living abroad and want to be a part of these colourful events, then make sure you make some prior arrangements. For instance, you must book your accommodation in advance to avoid any kind of inconvenience.