Some people travel to get in touch with nature. Some people travel to learn more about cultures in far-flung lands. And some people travel to party! One of the best things about the gay travel scene is that it caters to hedonism, so if you want to forget all about the stresses of daily life by going wild on the dance floor, you need to get yourself to these epicenters of gay clubbing.
A gay bar is a drinking establishment that caters to an exclusively or predominantly lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT clientele; the term gay is used as a broadly inclusive concept for LGBT and queer communities. Gay bars once served as the centre of gay culture and were one of the few places people with same-sex orientations and gender-variant identities could openly socialize. Other names used to describe these establishments include boy bar , girl bar , gay club , gay pub , queer bar , lesbian bar , drag bar , and dyke bar , depending on the niche communities that they served. Gathering places favoured by homosexuals have operated for centuries.
Poignant reminders of the past surround Berlin, including the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism , on the edge of the Tiergarten — a concrete cube where a video shows gay and lesbian couples in various embraces. Expats, such as the influential English novelist Christopher Isherwood, immortalised the free-spirited culture of cabaret-era Berlin in books and music. And while long-running clubs such as cult-favourite Chantals House of Shame and Berghain still draw in the crowds, new bars and club nights often just pop up. Monthly techno queer parties like Pornceptual at Prince Charles and Homopatik have moved the crowds into alternative venues and neighbourhoods, ones not traditionally LGBT. Even Hollywood celebrities talk about the world-famous nightclub on daytime talk shows!
Below we've compiled a list of the four of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in South America, destinations where gay, queer and trans travelers will find thriving communities and plenty to explore. Despite being a very Catholic country, Argentina is socially liberal compared to most of its neighbors — it was the first country in South America to legalize gay marriage in July , and the ruling also included full adoption rights. Consequently, Buenos Aires is one of the most gay-friendly places in South America. Travelers shouldn't miss the Sunday market at San Telmo, as they'll be treated to live tango performances in the streets, and of course, many souvenirs to buy.