Gay & Lesbian Travellers

In general, Wales is tolerant of homosexuality but the macho image of the rugby-playing Welshmen still prevails in some smaller communities – although the public 'coming out' of Welsh rugby hardman Gareth Thomas has challenged even that bastion of blokedom.

Cardiff, Swansea and Newport have at least some gay venues, with Cardiff's being by far the best, however, even the Cardiff scene is rather sluggish. Wales' biggest LGBT bash is Pride Cymru, held in Cardiff.

For more information try the following:

Diva (www.divamag.co.uk) British lesbian magazine.

Gay Times (www.gaytimes.co.uk) Longstanding gay magazine.

Gay Wales (www.gaywales.co.uk) Wales-specific site, with news, events, listings and helplines.

Pink UK (www.pinkuk.com) UK-wide gay and lesbian resource.

Switchboard London-based LGBT helpline.