Unlike Germany, Austria still has a prevailing antihomosexual attitude, in spite of the large number of gay people who live there. There is still much discrimination; gay liberation has a long way to go. Vienna, however, has a large gay community with many bars and restaurants catering to this demographic. For information about gay-related activities in Vienna, visit Rainbow Online at www.gay.or.at.
In Austria, the minimum age for consensual homosexual activity is 18.
The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA; tel. 954/776-2626; www.iglta.org) is the trade association for the gay and lesbian travel industry, and offers an online directory of gay- and lesbian-friendly travel businesses; go to their website and click on "Members." In Canada, contact Travel Gay Canada (tel. 416/761-5151; www.travelgaycanada.com).
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