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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 head to bars on designated Girls’ Nights, such as the one held Thursdays at the Country Club, in Bywater.

Throughout the year there are a number of gay festivals. The biggest is Southern Decadence, held Labor Day weekend. 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 newspaper that's published twice monthly, 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.)