LGBTQ Travelers: France is known for being a particularly tolerant country when it comes to gays and lesbians, which made the acrimonious blather surrounding the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 all the more upsetting. “Gay Paree” boasts a large gay population, and had an openly gay mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, for over a decade. The center of gay and lesbian life is in the Marais. The annual Gay Pride March takes place on the last Sunday in June. Information and resources can be found in Paris’s largest, best-stocked gay bookstore, Les Mots à la Bouche, 6 rue Ste-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 4th arrond. (; 01-42-78-88-30; Métro: Hôtel-de-Ville), which carries publications in both French and English. To find listings and events, try Qweek (, a website focused on Paris.

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