Best Cities in the World to Meet Lesbian Women

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Certain cities attract large population of same-sex couples for a variety of reasons. They might have a long tradition of liberal activism leading to greater awareness and protection of sexual minorities. Or they might be home to numerous colleges and universities thus making for a progressive intellectual way of life which is tolerant of various minorities. Here are some cities on the planet which have attracted a large lesbian population over the years.

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Sydney

Sydney is one of the most vibrant cities of the world which is open to people of different races, ethnicities, lifestyles and sexualities. Here gay and lesbian men and women are integrated into the everyday life of the city and the Sydney Mardi Gras is a three week-long festival and the biggest dance party in the country. While the gay population of the city is centered in Oxford Street, the lesbian population is spread through Inner West: a group of neighborhoods right outside downtown where lesbian couples can be easily seen walking hand in hand.  The local Mecca of lesbians her is Newtown boasts weekly girls nights funky coffee shops, organic markets, several independent theaters screening both movies and live performances, some of the best Thai food in the city as well as all-around queer-friendliness. Above all, it is just a ten-minute train trip or bus ride to the city's center and under half an hour to some of the city's most famous beaches. In this neighborhood, most of the lesbian action is located on King Street which begins at the line of St. Peters and ends just before the University of Sydney. nearby is another lesbian-friendly place  Enmore which is more alternative than Newtown and here the top draw is the swanky Green Room where bartenders get creative with dozens of funky and tasty and where  there is live music going as well. Newtown's neighbor to the South is Erskineville, also referred to as Erko by the local lesbian population, which serves as home to many older lesbians and those seeking a more subdued pub scene with small-town charm, relaxed cafes that spill out onto streets and bars that tend to close much earlier than their Newtown counterparts. This is especially favored by lesbian couples because of its small one- or two-bedroom homes which make it a family friendly locale. Marrickville is another popular lesbian neighborhood in Sydney that is fairly affordable, artsy, alternative and ethnically diverse. the only catch is perhaps that  it's farther West than Newtown and Enmore, and therefore less convenient for frequent trips to the city A small Portuguese enclave serves up some of the best food in the city, and the main strip is reminiscent of Newtown's lesbian-friendly hotspots.

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Northampton

Dubbed ‘Lesbianville’ by The National Enquirer as far back as 1992, Northampton in the state of Massachusetts has one of the largest lesbian populations among the major cities of the country. That the place is great to find girls is evident from statistics compiled by the 2000 US Census according to which there are only 71 males for every 100 females age 18 and over. A vibrant intellectual atmosphere as well as the fact that the state of Massachusetts is one of the few to legally allow lesbians to get married makes Northampton a desirable place for lesbians. While the entire city seems safe for lesbians to live, areas around the universities as well as places like the Crafts Avenue and Main Street attract most lesbian visitors.

San Francisco

San Francisco is another city in the United States that is likely to figure in any world list of lesbian-friendly cities. The capital city of California has long been considered the Mecca for the LGBT community, ever since the political and radical movement of the 1960s. Here gays and lesbians make up a whopping 15% of the overall city population which is the highest in the country1  according to statistics from the American Community Survey. One could start off the day for instance in the Dolores Park Café and then browse through the numerous shops on Haight Street which was the birthplace of the hippie movement in the country, perhaps stopping by for a quick drink at the Trax which is one of the trendiest lesbian joints on the street. Bernal Heights is yet another popular neighborhood for lesbians and there the Wild Side West is one of the most frequented lesbian bars. Or one could stop for a spot of lunch at The Lexington Club, a lesbian-friendly club and then round off the day with dessert at the Citizen Café where award-winning out lesbian chef/owner Elizabeth Falkner serves up delicious cakes, cookies and other sweet delicacies. Not to forget the historic City Hall where in 2004 lesbians and gays apparently lined up for weeks in order to get married.

New York City

The Maximum City must figure on any list of cities with a significant lesbian community on account of the sheer size of its LGBT population. According to the 2000 US Census, New York City has the largest LGBT population in United States amounting to a staggering 272,493 residents and constituting around 4.5% of the city’s total population. Boroughs like Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn are believed to attract large numbers of lesbians and gays even though West Village, Jackson Heights and Metropolitan Avenue feature some of the hippest lesbian hangouts. West Village in particular is home to many old pubs and bars in the neighborhood which formed the crux of LGBT rights movements and bohemian culture in the past decades. Apart from this every year through the entire fourth week of June, West Village hosts the New York Gay Festival with the five major events being The Rally, PrideFest, The March, the Dance on the Pier, and Rapture on the River. Among these the most significant is the March which commemorates the Stonewall Riots which marked a turning point in the history of struggle for gay and lesbian rights on the morning of June 28, 1969. Finally West Village is close to other lesbian neighborhoods in NYC like Chelsea and the East Village and thus attracts a high percentage of Sapphos looking to hang out at its pubs or soak in the history of the place.

Paris

A long history of sexual and artistic experimentation as well the French tolerance for private life means that Paris is one of the best cities for lesbians on the planet. Most of them are concentrated in the very center district called "Le Marais", in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. In these historic narrow streets, so typical of Paris, are most gay and lesbian bars, restaurants or fashion shops. While going from museums to hotels particuliers, while shopping in Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie street or visiting the splendor of Place des Vosges, tourists can come across same sex couples going out in Marais' venues. The lesbian population of the city is particularly located on the crossroad in south Marais between rue Du Roi de Sicile and rue Des Ecouffes. Around here stand three of the main lesbian bars in Paris and the only female dedicated sex-shop. Many Parisian gays prefer not to go in oriented places and mix with the usual people with no problem. Apart from these venues, Paris has a number of lesbian associations which makes it one of the best places in the world to meet lesbian women – one of these is the gay-friendly women’s choir Les Gammes Elles, Lesbian walking association called Les Bénines d 'Apie Lesbian film events organization known as Cineffable, a lesbian dating agency Dîner Entre Elles as well as other lesbian resources like the website Entrelles, the lesbian magazine La Dizième Muse, a group of roup of Lesbian Associations known as Coordination Lesbienne de France and A.R.C.L which is a resource for Lesbian Archives, Researchs, Cultures.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, the commercial and cultural capital of Brazil, is one of the most lesbian-friendly places in South America. despite some lingering homophobic tendencies, it is now quite common to see lesbian women walking hand-in-hand on streets; likewise part of the tourism industry is driven by traffic to gay and lesbian-friendly beaches, parades, nightspots and queer neighborhoods. among the most frequented destinations are Ipanema and Copacabana. the latter sits in the Southern part of the city near Avenida Atlantico. The area in front of the Copacabana Palace hotel, known as Bolsa, is where same-sex travelers worship the sun and take more-than-passing glances at scantily clad bodies. Gays and lesbians also are concentrated at Farme de Amoedo, also called Farme Gay, which is more cruise-oriented than Bolsa. an especially great time to meet lesbians in Rio is during Carnaval, an annual festival that kicks off Mardi Gras in February, and a gay pride celebration, which marches a parade down three miles of beaches, in early June.

Bangkok

Though lesbian population is less empowered in Asia for a variety of cultural and historical reasons, some cities have do figure as great places to meet lesbian women. one such city is Bangkok which has a large, exciting LGBT community. Though lesbian bars are fewer in number as compared to gay bars, some of the places where you can meet women ready for same-sex love are bars like Zeta at RCA which boasts of girls only every night of the week! Friendly staff, girls, and live are some of other attractions of this lesbian hangout. Diva’s Pub and She’s Club are some of the other hangouts that cater exclusively to lesbians in Bangkok. Owned by a group of lesbians, Vega Cafe is a bar and restaurant combined. The atmosphere is casual and attracts mixed crowds. Apart from karaoke facilities, the bar also hosts live bands which play local and international favorites late at night. other than this there are some popular gay clubs like The Balcony, Telephone and DJ station where lesbians are welcome too. Then again there are lesbian oriented social and dating groups like Lesla which claims to host the largest gathering of lesbians under one roof. With an increasing number of people joining, Lesla has now decided to hold a weekly get-together every Saturday night in order to give their members a chance to meet and mingle. The event varies according to each week's theme.

Reference:

  1. The Williams INSTITUTE - Same-sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Population: New Estimates from the American Community Survey