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Sydney in world’s top 10 gaycities

The UK’s Independent newspaper has named Sydney as one of the ten top cities of the word “to live gay life to the full.”

“Lesbians and gay men are integrated into every sphere of Sydney life, and Mardi Gras is a three-week long festival and the biggest dance party in the country,” the newspaper’s website points out.

Oxford Street began developing as a queer district in the 1960s and today is the most visibly gay area of the city.

“But same-sex marriages are still not enshrined in federal law.”

San Francisco, New York, Mykonos, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Copenhagen and Berlin also make the list.

Check out the list in full here.

How many of The Independent’s top gay cities have you visited? And do you agree with its list? Let us know by commenting below.

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eurolad

eurolad said on the 23rd Oct, 2010

LOL! Obviously they have never been to Sydney or otherwise they would know that there is nothing for the gays there.

christianbaines82

christianbaines82 said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Sydney has plenty, though ranking it #2 is a bit rich! It could definitely take a few hints from some of the other cities on that list (and not).

Of course, Brits tend to see anything Australian through rose-coloured glasses, so I'm not surprised.

pho3nixphir3

pho3nixphir3 said on the 24th Oct, 2010

if you think there's nothing for the gays, there's even less for the lezzas =(

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 24th Oct, 2010

ha ha ridiculous! They may love our weather and beaches but that doesn't mean we have a great gay scene. We have lost that gay village and we are struggling to keep mardi gras going. Who are they kidding????

BrokAustin

BrokAustin said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Amsterdam?? That is city is also losing its gay tag..

fjmac

fjmac said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Whether we are ranked the top ten or not, whether we have legalized marriages or not, though the latter of being recognized as married couples would be great, we still have a long way to go; although we are far better off than a lot of other countries. Come on Australia let's show the world how liberated we are for everyone, gay or lesbian.

fjmac

fjmac said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Also adding bisexual, straight, black or white of any nationality, aim for equality and quality of life

Light-Bearer

Light-Bearer said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Have these knob ends even been to this city?

It sucks major cocks and not the good type

wysiwyg_syd

wysiwyg_syd said on the 24th Oct, 2010

can you suggest other cities not in the top 10 as a replacement to sydney?

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 24th Oct, 2010



we made number 2???? how about every other city on that list being ahead of us.

Good thing as a result of this article we may get an influx of new gays who can replenish our scene ;)

wysiwyg_syd

wysiwyg_syd said on the 24th Oct, 2010

be careful what you wish for.

ernesto_1

ernesto_1 said on the 24th Oct, 2010

mmm fresh meat says wizzy

eurolad

eurolad said on the 24th Oct, 2010



Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal

The fact that they are not even on the list says it all about the reliability of this survey :rolleyes:

blaah

blaah said on the 24th Oct, 2010



Yes. Sao Paulo (Brazil) has the worlds biggest Gay pride march, over 3 million. Madrid with 2.5 million has 60 Gay bars/clubs.bangkok has things going on in venues that...(I'll leave it to your imagination)!

Phazz

Phazz said on the 24th Oct, 2010

It's attitudes like the above which are the reasons why Sydney shouldn't be on the list.

peter888

peter888 said on the 24th Oct, 2010

I think they meant 'gay' as in happy. :D

shazzboy

shazzboy said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Sydney is a shit hole, and not the fertiliser kind. The fly infested poop from a Roo or Oxen kind.

A big pile of gut wrenching, maggot infested, sludgy shit.

muk46

muk46 said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Isn't this article 2 years old? I read this exact same article 2 years ago! And a lot has changed in those 2 years!

Iratei

Iratei said on the 24th Oct, 2010

Sydney is a shit hole, and not the fertiliser kind. The fly infested poop from a Roo or Oxen kind.

A big pile of gut wrenching, maggot infested, sludgy shit.

lol your vitriol is fantastic!

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor said on the 27th Oct, 2010

sydney doesn't even rate as a gay city, let alone one of the best. barely any venues left, mardi gras is about as inauthentic as it comes... i dunno. it has lots of great qualities, but as a gay city it's just not even in the race.

Travis de Jonk

Travis de Jonk said on the 28th Oct, 2010

I'm not getting into the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry thing, but in a recent study Melbourne/Victoria was found to be the most accepting state in Australia for homosexuality. It's gay scene is much more diverse too. Though I've always felt that Sydney has better integration of other ethinicities than Melboure, which can at times be very 'White focused'

Light-Bearer

Light-Bearer said on the 28th Oct, 2010

Sydney- was a great city a few years back, and it's always been better than Melbourne. ;) However- it has lost it's direction.

I think the major problem at the moment is- it's trying to be all things for all men. But that never works. It just produces a huge mess.

It's confused. Does it want to be the U.S, does it want to be Asia - who the fuck knows.
Certainly not the residents. They're all to munted on coke to be able to make a decision.

Also- This city is totally unprepared for the social ills that are being born in it's ghettos.

Phazz

Phazz said on the 28th Oct, 2010

Violence and crime is up.
Anti social behavior is up.
Cost of living is up.
A lot of the queer scene can't afford to party like they did, all of the time because of the rise in the cost of living.
The next generation of teenagers are scarier than the current generation.
People are disillusioned and bitter.

Everything plays it's part.

Light-Bearer

Light-Bearer said on the 28th Oct, 2010

Rents and mortgages are ridiculous.
The price of food and utilities is insane.
Friday night- and the city is a almost a ghost town- full of snarly little cunts who want to stab or punch people.
The Night Ride buses- are unreliable and violent.
Train Stations in the city- are to be entered at your own risk post 11 pm
You should probably fear the security guards more than the criminals.

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 28th Oct, 2010

oh fuck off and move somewhere else then.

SinCity

SinCity said on the 28th Oct, 2010

Sydney is a very gay city but only by the shere size of its queer population which are highly visible.

The problem here is that the venues and services are terrible compared to other cities with a huge gay population base.

Who is to blame and what has created these changes ...... hard to say ....

Light-Bearer

Light-Bearer said on the 28th Oct, 2010

I like the funnel web spiders.

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 28th Oct, 2010

I agree with LB and Phazz

its also become a nanny state

its filled with people from 'everywhere' else who treat it like a toilet

poolboy jackson

poolboy jackson said on the 28th Oct, 2010


I want allowed to vote in the Australian Government's Referendum to install the policy of Multiculturalism.

christianbaines82

christianbaines82 said on the 28th Oct, 2010



I'd agree with that. While I do think Sydney is a 'gayer' city thatn Melbourne, it sometimes projects a very narrow view of the community. ie: If you don't have the kind of perfect beach body that gets its kit off at every opportunity and has to be seen at all the 'hottest' parties every weekend, you can't possibly be gay. It's like... "if you're not this narrow image of 'hot,' don't bother me'." Sure, there are scenes and activities for others, and if you poke around the gay press you can find them, but enough with the glitter, bottle-blonde, fake tan and speedos already! Eesh!

Melbourne seems much more 'come as you are,' which is really the kind of message we should be sending, particularly to young people coming out into 'the community' for the first time. That said, I agree with the ethnicity comment too. Melbourne is very much a 'stuff white people like' city.

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 28th Oct, 2010



trust u to make this about multi culturlism. I really dislike you and I wish You wouldn't try to engage me in these forums as you are vile.

I was talking more about people from other parts of australia especially who come here looking to get lost or get away from what they know and they can't handle sydney (it changes a lot of people as they are not climatised to it) whilst at the same time a lot of Sydney born people have left, so this place has lost a lot of its identity in that way.

shazzboy

shazzboy said on the 28th Oct, 2010

trust u to make this about multi culturlism. I really dislike you and I wish You wouldn't try to engage me in these forums as you are vile.

I was talking more about people from other parts of australia especially who come here looking to get lost or get away from what they know and they can't handle sydney (it changes a lot of people as they are not climatised to it) whilst at the same time a lot of Sydney born people have left, so this place has lost a lot of its identity in that way.

Your analysis is crap. Hardly anyone moves to Sydney from other parts of Australia, the statistics clearly show NSW suffers a huge net loss of people every single year.

The only substantial numbers of newbies are foreigners.

badamj2000

badamj2000 said on the 29th Oct, 2010

Oh dear CM is going off again. He is such an excellent ambassador for multiculturalism (not) . He is so vindictive and drinks way too much apparently. He has no idea about politics or history or sociology but he has such a sense of Entitlement. He all heat and little light, not to mention just plain rude. Poor baby.

kayjay

kayjay said on the 6th Nov, 2010

Montreal should easily be in the top 10, the gay scene on Rue St Catherine is huge and you can get married in Canada too. Myknos? isn't that soooooo 1970's or is it some kinda retro thing? Surely Ibiza or Grand Canaria are far gayer today.