|Liberty, Equality, Fraternity|
Homosexual acts between adults in private have been legal in France since the Penal Code of 1791. The slogan "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" originates from the French Revolution, and is still the motto of the French Republic today.
In March 2001, the openly gay Bertrand Delanoë was elected as Mayor of Paris. Hence the nickname "Notre Dame de Paris" (Our Lady of Paris). He had already outed himself on TV in 1998.
Paris has much to offer, both culturally and for the gay and lesbian community. The Marais is an ancient district with historic buildings and also the Jewish center of Paris. The lesbian and gay area is located in and around the rue de la Verrerie and it's parallel and cross streets.
But first the sights you should see, starting with the two landmarks of Paris: the Eiffel Tower in Champ de Mars, and the Arc de Triomphe at the end of Champs-Élysées.
There are countless museums, especially the Louvre to visit and if you have a longer stay, Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Georges Pompidou) and Musée d'Orsay are well worth a visit, too. The Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris in the original center of Paris and must also be seen.
Located just outside of Paris is the Palace of Versailles with its magnificent furnishings and extensive gardens.
There are a lot of regular LGBT events in Paris. The biggest, the Gay Pride, is held end of June (25.06.2011). The women's cultural festival, Les Femmes S'en Mêlent, is held from 19.03.-3.04.2011. Paris has three regular LGBT film festivals, Festival International de Films de Femmes from 25.03.-2.04.2011, Cineffable (Festival International du Film Lesbien et Féministe de Paris) and Chéries-Chéris (Festival de films gays et lesbiens de Paris), both held in November. TIT and TIP are two international sporting events, one is a LGBT Tennis tournament (22.-25.4.2011), the other a tournament with different forms of sport (10.-13.06.2011). The international bear event Fierté Ours is from 10.-13.06.2011. Solidays is a cultural charity festival against AIDS from 24.-26.06.2011. La Marche Existrans is held in October.
To relax in the evening you can visit one of the many saunas, but which to recommend as each has its advantages and disadvantages. Le Tilt was the first gay sauna in France and Sun City is one of the biggest. For those who like the moorish style then visit Le Riad, a gay hammam, or for the more mature, the Euro Men's Club.
Paris has many specialist bars. The Wolf is the bar for bears and buddies, as well as Le Bears' Den. Le Dépôt and L'Impact are cruising and sex bars. In addition, there are many others such as Sector X, The Eagle Paris, Le Transfert, Le Bunker, Le Next, etc.
Or for those who do not want to undress, should go to bars where others strip off: Le Banana Café or Le Raidd Bar.
Those who want to experience the charm of old Marais should definitely visit Chartier or Bofinger. Those who want to eat typically French, Marc Mitonne is recommended. Otherwise, there are numerous good restaurants with a large proportion of gay men, such as 4 Pat, Le Gai Moulin, Aux Trois Petits Cochon, the ozo or Le Vagabond, the oldest gay cafe-restaurant in Paris. For breakfast or brunch Les Marronniers or Le Loup Blanc are the best.
Bar du Kent'z is the right place for sipping cocktails in an ambience of Art Deco, however, L'Open Cafe or Quetzal bar are very popular as well.
For dancing Le CUD Bar, Le Cox or Le Club 18 are recommended. Beyond that, there are many more good gay parties and clubs, the best way to get an overview is throwing a glance at the event calendar or the nightclub list of gayScout.
By the way, the gay hotel in town is Hôtel Central Marais. Also very popular, but not exclusively for gay men, is Le 20 Prieuré Hôtel.
Women who want to meet women, meet up at Le Troisième Lieu (La Cantine des Armées Ginette), at La Champmeslé and Les Jacasses or at Les Filles de Paris.