Gay Sydney, Australia

Author: , April 5th, 2017

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Gay Sydney is alive and ready for you to visit. Sydney is the gay capital of the Southern Hemisphere. The city, and Australia as a whole, is considered one of the gay-friendliest places in the world. With the exception of marriage, LGBTI couples can cherish the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts.

If that wasn’t enough, the weather is almost perfect all year round. During winter the temperature hardly falls below 10˚C. Even so, the highs are still around 20˚C. It’s no wonder then that Sydney is a prime destination for beach lovers–and for the lovers of men with their shirts off.

Here’s our handy-dandy little guide to get you started on your gay travels down under Get ready for gay Sydney!

When to Go

The high season for tourists are the summer months which are from the beginning of December to the end of February. If you’re an LGBTI tourist then the quintessential time to visit would be during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, which takes place at the end of February. This renowned festival is chock-full of exhibitions, music, theatre, community events, and of course massive parties. The theme for 2017 is Creating Equality. In 2017, Mardi Gras will celebrate how far the LGBTI community has come and highlight the areas in which we’re still not treating equally. If you truly want to experience gay Sydney then you cannot miss Mardi Gras!

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Sydney: Clubs, Bars and Queer Culture

Author: , November 2nd, 2015
Photograph: Julian Chung for the Guardian

Photograph: Julian Chung for the Guardian

Outsiders consider Sydney to be something of a queer mecca: a city that hosts wildly popular events such as the annual Mardi Gras parade, celebrates exhibitionism on dozens of packed beaches, and charms visitors of all stripes with progressive culture and laid-back locals. In many respects, it is one of the best places in the world to be queer, boasting a proud history, a vibrant alternative arts movement, and strong legal protections for minorities. Same-sex marriage is apparently just around the corner.

But Sydney’s LGBTQI scene is in the midst of upheaval – and it has left some newcomers bewildered. In recent years, conservative governments at state and federal levels have emboldened Sydney’s less-tolerant residents. Meanwhile, the introduction of laws that restrict late-night socialising in central Sydney’s party precincts has severely damaged Oxford Street, the city’s traditional gay strip. The edgier queer hub of Newtown, in Sydney’s inner west, has suffered from an influx of mainstream revellers who have been displaced by the same laws that harmed Oxford Street. Many Newtown residents say they now feel less comfortable in the area – and a recent, highly-publicised assault on a transgender woman at a Newtown venue has compounded their unease.

As a result, queer culture in Sydney is dispersing and heading underground. Venue operators are seeking spaces in emerging precincts such as Marrickville and Redfern, and some promoters have adopted a nomadic stance, moving their events from club to club as the situation evolves. The queer arts scene is strong, with many young practitioners embracing a DIY ethos in response to the uncertainty (local community radio remains a lifeline for those looking to hook in to the arts scene). And, while Oxford Street is definitely hurting, a handful of Sydney’s “traditional” queer venues continue to thrive there in spite of the challenging climate.

By Dan F. Stapleton – Full Story at The Guardian

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Featured Property: Simpsons of Potts Point – Sydney, Australia

Author: , July 25th, 2010

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Sydney Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Simpsons of Potts Point - Sydney, AustraliaSimpsons of Potts Point the first choice of luxury boutique hotels in Sydney! This small and exclusive bed and breakfast luxury accommodation secret is waiting to be discovered for your stay in Sydney Australia!

This gracious and elegant small bed and breakfast boutique hotel in the historic Potts Point art deco district combines arts & crafts architectural heritage with a luxury bed & breakfast experience.

Located within walking distance of the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Rushcutters Bay, Simpsons of Potts Point Boutique Hotel offers a superior level of personal service than the usual chain hotels, serviced apartments and other short term accommodation options. So sit back, relax and enjoy your time with us…

Simpsons of Potts Point boutique hotel offers a range of services to make your stay with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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