Gay and Lesbian Travel

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Gay and Lesbian Travel

New Orleans has a large gay and lesbian population spread throughout the metropolitan area. The most-gay-friendly neighborhood is the French Quarter, followed by the Faubourg Marigny, just outside the Quarter. Most bars for gay men are within these neighborhoods; lesbians may have to venture farther to nearby Metairie.

Throughout the year a number of festivals celebrate gay culture. The biggest festival of the year is the Decadence Festival. The city also has gay-friendly guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts, particularly along Esplanade Avenue.

Faubourg Marigny Art and Books is the last independent gay-focused bookstore in New Orleans, and it's a good resource for LGBT information around town.

Ambush, a local biweekly newspaper, provides lists of current events in addition to news and reviews. You can find this publication at many gay bars and at Faubourg Marigny Art and Books.

Local Sources

Faubourg Marigny Art and Books (600 Frenchmen St., Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans, LA, 70116. 504/947–3700. www.fabonfrenchmen.com.)

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