Organized by the association ‘Paris 2018’, the 10th Gay Games were held in Paris from August 1 – 12th, 2018, uniting up to 15,000 competitors from over 70 countries as well as more than 40,000 visitors and spectators from Paris, the nation, and abroad.
This global event is open to all, without limits on age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, medical conditions or handicaps and with no athletic standard.
Supported by the highest level institutions and athletes, “Paris 2018” was an original event celebrating diversity, respect, freedom, solidarity and generosity via a varied athletic program of 36 disciplines, a vast cultural program with 14 events and a cycle of conferences, ceremonies and evening events.
Since its creation in 1982 in the United States, the Gay Games has been committed to promoting inclusiveness and respect for diversity.
This year, Paris hosted the 10th edition of the Gay Games.
Only two European cities (Amsterdam in 1998 and Cologne in 2010) have thus far been able to host.
Paris, a capital of LGBT culture
Paris has been a beacon of LGBT culture for centuries, making it an obvious host city for the 2018 Gay Games. The fashionable Marais district in particular is synonymous with the bars, clubs, bookshops, galleries, and other LGBT institutions that have helped make Paris "the City of Light." LGBT culture isn't hemmed in just inside the city, however—the entirety of the Paris Region is known for its welcoming approach to the LGBT community. For a full list of calendars and guides, click here.
LGBT Friendly Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants
A “guinguette”-style café in the heart of Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur has a general-interest program with DJs and electronic collectives, and Sunday is one of the most popular days for the LGBT community and their friends.
2 allée de la Cascade 75019
The Cox has been open since 1995. It is located in the heart of the Marais in one of the main streets of this neighborhood, where the life and activity of gay Paris revolves. The Cox remains one of the busiest and most famous establishments in Paris. It is best known for its terrace, popular between 6-10 pm. The clientele includes bears, hipsters, clubbers, and lovers of very good sound. The daily happy hour has become an inescapable tradition in the life of the Marais.
15 Rue des Archives, Paris, France / www.cox.fr / 01 42 72 08 00
Ouvert 7j/7 / Lundi – Dimanche / 17:30 - 02:00
This café restaurant is a comfortable place to have a drink, sip a cocktail or eat in the heart of the Marais.
18 rue du Temple, 75004 / www.cafevoulezvous.com
Le Badaboum, it is not a simple bar or club, it is a multidisciplinary place which seeks to be a real place of life for your evenings in Paris. The Badaboum is both a cocktail bar, a concert hall, a club and a hidden bachelor apartment on the first floor.
2 bis rue des Taillandiers, 75011 / http://badaboum.paris/
The mythical gay club of Paris open 7 days a week offers a DJ every night, as well as cruising, and is open on two levels on weekends.
10 rue aux Ours, 75003 / www.ledepot-paris.com
A stone's throw from Place de la République, the Gibus offers eclectic clubbing events from Thursday to Sunday evenings with techno, house, pop and r&b nights. The club welcomes a mainly gay clientele but remains open to all.
18 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 / www.gibus.fr