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Gay Side of History © Gay Parks & Bars
Historic Center Walking Tour
Small Group - 3.5 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $59 pp
2:30 PM - By reservation only

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We will discover where LGBTQ+ people were burnt alive by the Spanish Inquisition and around Alameda Park, you will see where some other diverse traditions began as the community longed to keep itself around the main entertainment venues. As we go between Alameda Park and the Cuepopan area, we will see gay historic sites like cruising at “Chutes & Ladders” and the site of the first same-sex marriages in Latin America. We will end at the oldest gay district in town, still full of LGBTQ+ venues. 

 

This experience takes place within one UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What You Will Do

In this Gay Side of History experience, you'll learn about our LGBTQ+ history at the 16th century city limits. 


We will be at the only openly LGBTQ+ monument and at the subway's gayest station. After learning of a gay German explorer, we will go across the rainbow crosswalk to learn of a gay poet killed by the fascists, of crimes against humanity, of a Mexican diplomat who saved thousands of Jews, Gays and Spanish from the Nazi, and of a gay artist.


We will go to the Inquisition's burning grounds, to sample a "gay waffle," to where drugs were introduced to the LGBTQ+ community and to the favorite cantina of a famous American gay writer where a local cocktail is included.


The "anatomically wrong" monument to King Carlos IV will mark the entrance to Theater District before arriving at where the first Equal Marriage law was passed in Latin America next to the launching pad of gay singers and across the Asylum for Lesbian Women who were deemed mentally ill in the 18th century.


The biggest present from the gay community will line the way as you discover the famous "meeting point" & the "postal cruising grounds" before learning of a gay man in space.


"Drag Queens' Paradise" and "Gay Bar Row" will be next with a couple of dozen LGBTQ+ venues of which we will visit some before ending at one of the most famous ones where a couple of beers will be offered.

What Is Included

  • The experience's host and expert.

  • Entrance to some private or public locations has been agreed and is fully included.

  • A complimentary bottle of water or soft drink will be offered.

  • You will be provided with a digital LGBT-focused map of the Historic Center so that you may continue exploring on your own and a collection of videos, sources and resources that you can enjoy after the experience.

  • A surprise tasting at a unique eatery.

  • A domestic drink at a bar.

 

The Experience

On this experience you will discover 500 years of Mexican history and its gay/LGBT+ side and many important monuments in the Historic Center. All of this will be seen through the LGBT traditions and practices of the Spanish Colonial Period, 1519, the Mexican Independent Period, 1810 and the Modern Period, 1910. 

Ending Point, Facilities and Transportation

 

Visits do not return to the starting point. This experience ends at the corner of República de Cuba and Héroes del 57 streets, close to Metrobus station Teatro Blanquita on Line 4N. Bellas Artes metro station is one block away. Uber or other cars can pick you up on #18 República de Cuba street at El Marra Club. Your host will always remain with you until he makes sure everyone has the right directions and/or help for their next destination.

Saint Jude Thaddeus

Saint Jude Thaddeus

Gay Bar Row

Gay Bar Row

The Old Senate

The Old Senate

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Gay Bar Row at Night

Gay Bar Row at Night

El Marra Fun Gay Bar

El Marra Fun Gay Bar

Mexican Cowboy Shops

Mexican Cowboy Shops

Memory & Tolerance Museum

Memory & Tolerance Museum

An Openly Gay Poet in the 1930s

An Openly Gay Poet in the 1930s

The Hustler from Quiroga

The Hustler from Quiroga

Diversity Exhibits

Diversity Exhibits

The Mexican Schindler

The Mexican Schindler

Frida Kahlo's Favorite Lover

Frida Kahlo's Favorite Lover

Tequila & Mezcal Museum

Tequila & Mezcal Museum

The Limits at Immaculate Conception

The Limits at Immaculate Conception

Dead Man's Plaza

Dead Man's Plaza

An Old Male-Only Pulque Depot

An Old Male-Only Pulque Depot

Garibaldi (Mariachi) Square

Garibaldi (Mariachi) Square

The Chinese Gateway Arch

The Chinese Gateway Arch

Walking Tour

 

Things to Keep in Mind

Local Experts

Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

 

Small Groups

With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

 

Exclusive Access

You will always have the best available perspective.

 

Curated Paths

Our tours follow the best routes possible for enjoying the experience in the shortest distance.

 

Specialty Topics

Our unique collection of themes sets us apart. All our topics are carefully selected for the discerning tourist.​

 

High Standards and Award-Winning Experiences

Every experience is vetted for exclusive access, and some have been awarded top prices for their quality and uniqueness.

 

Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled at least 7 days before the experience starts for a refund minus a 20% processing charge. Rescheduling and changes can be made at least 3 days before the experience starts. Refunds are counted from the original date of purchase.

Guest Requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. All experiences include a long walk, mostly under the sun, with very few restroom stops (depending on the destination). Liquids aren't allowed inside venues, please be willing to dispose of your containers.

On Schedule

We begin on the dot and do not wait for missing participants. Neither you or us can be late to our next destination.

 

Weather

This experience goes on rain or shine, please come prepared. In case of rain, we will do our best to spend as much time as possible indoors. In case of unforeseen closures of streets or venues, we are always prepared with an equivalent or alternate route.

Gay Side of History © Gay Parks & Bars
Historic Center Walking Tour
Small Group - 3.5 hours - Adults 18+ - From US $59 pp
2:30 PM - By reservation only

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