‘Gay Paree’ lives up to its name. Paris was the first European capital to vote in an openly gay mayor when Bertrand Delanoë was elected in 2001, and the city itself is very open – same-sex couples commonly display affection in public and checking into a hotel room is unlikely to raise eyebrows. Paris is so open in fact that there’s less of a defined ‘scene’ here than in other cities where it’s more underground. The Marais - especially the areas around the intersection of rue Ste-Croix de la Bretonnerie and rue des Archives, and eastwards to rue Vieille du Temple - is the mainstay of gay and lesbian life in Paris. But Paris' bars and clubs are generally all gay- and lesbian-friendly, and you’ll find venues right throughout the city attracting a mixed crowd. Here are some of the city's most popular gay and lesbian venues, as well as tips on publications, organisations and resources.