Laissez-faire perfectly sums up France's liberal attitude towards homosexuality and people's private lives in general; in part because of a long tradition of public tolerance towards unconventional lifestyles. Bordeaux, being the busy student city it is, enjoys an active gay and lesbian scene and thousands gather each year in June to celebrate the city's Gay Pride march – an annual event since 1996.

  • Attitudes towards homosexuality tend to be more conservative in the wine-producing villages – countryside essentially.
  • As is the case in almost every French city, Bordeaux's lesbian scene is less public than its gay male counterpart and is centred mainly on women's cafes and bars.
  • Same-sex marriage has been legal in France since 2013.

Resources

  • Le Girofard LGBT Centre for the Aquitaine region and primary meeting spot and info source for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender visitors to Bordeaux.
  • Wake Up! (www.assowakeup.org) is a Bordeaux-based association for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in the city; it's a first-class source of information on where to go to and what to do in the city.
  • Cité d'Elles (www.citedelles.fr) A local resource for lesbians. Check its website for activities, including hikes and bike rides, coffee hangouts and local meeting places.