Whether you're queer, straight, or eschew labels altogether, use this guide to learn more about Paris' hottest GLBTQ events.
More a huge street party than a traditional march, the annual LGBT Pride Parade (Marché des Fiertés) is one of Paris' most popular events, each year drawing at least half a million people into the streets for serious dancing, flaunting, and celebrating. Dozens of floats, many of them equipped with sound systems and energetic dancers, lead the procession from the right bank to the left. Openly-gay Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe usually makes an appearance, along with other politicians. Street and bar parties in the Marais or Bastille usually follow.
Generally held in December at the Forum d'Images cinema at Les Halles in the city center, the Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is a lively week-long event where screenings of noteworthy GLBT-themed and directed films attract large crowds. Showing everything from commercial romantic comedies to experimental, documentary, and adult films, Paris' film festival is another event that's always hotly anticipated and much-talked-about.
For the current year's screenings and special events, watch the event website for updates.
Offering an exciting program of film screenings, exhibits, concerts, and conferences, the annual Paris Feminist and Lesbian Film Festival, organized by the association Cineffable, is one of the year's most important events for those interested in women's issues and/or queer women. The festival is well-known for its screenings of push-the-envelope films, as well as for its musical acts and timely debates.
For information on the current year's program, check the event website for updates.
For the current year's event dates and program, check the event website for updates.
PopinGays is an association that organizes semi-monthly rock, pop, and indie dance nights that are queer-themed and open to everyone. Talented DJs make for fun and memorable evenings.
From the Popingays website: "We like girls who like girls, and girls who like boys, and boys who like boys, and boys who like girls. We like everyone else too. We like rock, pop, and indie (...) We like exposing as many people as we can to this music. (...) We like the rainbow in all its guises. We like these colors because they symbolize diversity. We like diversity because it is a source of life (...)"
Paris' most beloved queer-themed collective dinner, Queer Food for Love brings together a set of wickedly-talented volunteer cooks who whip up delicious vegan and vegetarian meals and serve them up with flair and...well, love. This is far more Berkeley co-op than Paris, with colored picnic tables tucked around the tiny Rotisserie, a collective kitchen that lends itself to a different association each night.
Sadly, QFFL's existence is threatened due to real estate trouble. Check it out while you can.
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 8:30 p.m.
4, Rue St.-Marthe; Metro Goncourt.
Also see: QFFL San Francisco