Guide - Gay Toronto


If there is one place that you need to see, explore and experience in your life, it's Toronto. Though some visit this Canadian city because work sends them there, even more men flock to the city for some of the gay events held annually. Proud Politics, which is similar to the American Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, is a notable organization in the city that tries to help LGBTQ people find their way into politics. Canada was also one of the first countries in the world that legally recognized same sex marriages, which started in 2013. While you may not want to find your soulmate, you can easily find Mr. Right in Toronto. 


When planning your trip through gay Toronto, you'll definitely want to find a hotel in Church and Wellesley. This is the city's main and oldest gay neighborhood, but it also goes by the names of the Gay Village, Gaybourhood, Village and Gay Ghetto. Calling it by one of these names lets locals know that you are in the know. Jarvis Street, Gerrard Street, Charles Street and Yonge Street all border the park. It's home to the 519 Church Street Community Centre and Barbara Hall Park where you'll find the AIDS memorial. You can also tour filming locations for the hit series “Queer as Folk” in the neighborhood. Nearby neighborhoods popular with gay Toronto locals include the Garden District, St. Lawrence Riverdale, The Annex, Cabbagetown and St. James Town. 


Iconic places in Toronto include the Queer West Village, which is home to bookstores and restaurants, and Hanlan's Point. Hanlan's Point went clothing optional in 2002 and is now the place to see and be seen. Remington's features some of the best drinks around and two different floors but is also the only legal male strip club in Toronto. Other gay Toronto hot spots include Fly, Black Eagle and O'Grady's. While Black Eagle is the ultimate place for cruising, Fly lets you get your dance on. Toronto is also home to the Steamworks sauna. 


Main events taking place in the area include Pride Toronto, which happens in summer, and the Halloween Night Party. You can dress up in your favorite costume as you hit the streets. Don't miss Prism Festival either, which is the biggest may circuit music festival in North America. Gay Toronto activities, events and attractions will put you in the right frame of mind for partying anytime that you visit.

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