Gay Portugal

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To be honest, not all people in Portugal are ready to accept homosexuality, the prejudices about LGBT people are not erased from people’s minds yet. Although there is a dynamic gay scene in Lisboa, Porto and in the main touristic cities of Algarve, like Faro, Lagos, Albufeira and Tavira, with gay bars, pubs, nightclubs and beaches (in Algarve). Other smaller cities and regions such as Aveiro, Leiria, Coimbra, Braga and Madeira have much more discreet gay communities, nearly invisible to the public eye.

It will be the fourth Saturday in June that the LGBT Pride will go back to the streets of the capital. The march celebrates LGBT pride in being opposed to shame and at the same time marks the events of resistance to homo-and transphobic violence occurring in the bar Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969. The episode is a milestone in the fight against oppression and a cry of freedom in the history of LGBT people.

In Lisbon, most LGBT-oriented businesses are grouped around the bohemian Bairro Alto and the adjacent Príncipe Real and Chiado neighbourhoods. In both Lisbon and Porto there are also annual Gay Pride Parades that attract thousands of participants and spectators. Lisbon is also host to one of the largest LGBT film festivals in Europe – Queer Lisboa – the Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Some Portuguese beaches are popular among LGBT population, like 19 Beach, near Costa da Caparica, and Barril Naturist Beach (an official naturist beach) or Cacela Velha beach, both of them near Tavira.

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