New Orleans is a very welcoming town with a high-profile homosexual population that contributes much to the color and flavor of the city. You'll find an abundance of establishments serving every alternative interest, from bars to restaurants to community services to certain businesses. For resources, start with Ambush Magazine, 828-A Bourbon St. (, which covers the scene; the website offers plenty of links to other interesting sites. The Gathering Place Worship Center, 3151 Dauphine St. (tel. 504/944-9836), and the Big Easy Metropolitan Community Church, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave. (tel. 504/214-4340;, serve primarily gay and lesbian congregations. The website provides information on hotels, restaurants, arts, and nightlife. The local Lesbian and Gay Community Center, 2114 Decatur St. (tel. 504/945-1103;, is staffed part-time by volunteers, but they can provide a wealth of info if you catch them when they're in.

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