All year round, the LGBT community makes its voice heard in fields spanning cinema, sport, literature, music and the visual arts.
In January, the Festival des cultures LGBT gets the ball rolling. This multi-disciplinary event (exhibitions, shows, film screenings, concerts and so on) takes place in various parts of Paris.
In March-April, cinema pays tribute to LGBT sensibilities with the women-oriented Festival international du film de femmes and the queer-focused Festival de films d’artistes sur le queer. March is also the month when Queer Week takes place in various venues across Ile-de-France, with an eclectic programme comprising debates, hikes, parties and performances. Then there is the Printemps des assoces fair, featuring a range of exhibitions, workshops and activities.
In June, a few days before the Marche des Fiertés LGBT (Gay Pride parade), the TIP (Tournoi International de Paris) brings together sportspeople from around the world for an event open to all participants, whatever their gender, age or skill level. Go for it!
In July, the Salon du livre lesbien (lesbian book fair) places the focus on literature by lesbian writers, and offers visitors a rare opportunity to meet and chat with big-name authors.
When autumn rolls around, it’s time for Jerk Off – a multi-disciplinary event devoted to queer and alternative culture. Visitors flock to this event to enjoy all kinds of shows: plays, dance performances, lectures … there’s something for everyone.
In October the focus shifts to transgender people and their supporters during the Existrans parade.
November is the month for gay, lesbian, bi and trans cinema. With no fewer than three unmissable events as the year draws to a close – Chéries-Chéris, the Marais Film Festival and the Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival, cinemagoers are spoilt for choice!
And if you’re a sports fan, don’t miss the Gay Games in 2018: Paris will be the host city for the Games from 4 to 12 August.