Guided tour of gay & friendly places in Toulouse on the occasion of the Pride March this Saturday afternoon.
Christophe, in his thirties, a busy Saturday. This afternoon he will be on the Bear’s Bar float for the Pride March before taking part in the after party at this “uninhibited” place, as he likes to say, located on Boulevard de la Gare. This night owl, used to going out a lot, feels particularly at home at Bear’s, defined as “the den of the Toulouse Bears who refuse diets and claim hair”. A whole program that appeals to Christophe, elected Monsieur Ours in 2019. “At Bear’s, customers, often loyal to the place, are not there to compare their looks or their plastic but to have fun in a general good-heartedness”. The Bear’s Bar, a Toulouse institution, is one of the many Toulouse Gay & Friendly places located mainly between the station and rue Gabriel-Péri. Like the bar P3 rue Gabriel-Péri or the G-Bar rue de Thionville. “Even if things have changed a bit since the 80s with AIDS and social networks, Toulouse still offers many nightclub bars, where to party and get together. Places where the mixture of audiences is trivialized and that’s good. This opens up to tolerance, ”assures a regular.
Like the Kalinka (10 bis rue des Teinturiers), a cabaret created twenty years ago, frequented by a heterogeneous audience + of course but also family. A room where creation dares: “Our artists are very free and daring on stage,” assures a manager. We have in particular Mika Rambar, multidisciplinary artist who performs regularly at Kalinka. On October 21 and 22, he presents “In Bed with Mika Rambar”, a quirky and crazy show ”.
Mika Rambar, figure of Toulouse nights, performs for the first time this evening, on the Rex de Toulouse stage (15 avenue Honoré Serres) from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., with DJ’s Belladonna and Caprice for an after-pride “sex appeal “. Without being specialized in this type of spectacle, this scene, of the Knights of Fiel, advocates tolerance and openness. “We will be three DJ’s and a Djette for performances in the improved gogo dancer style,” details Mika. After all these months of estrangement and the fear of the cancellation of this March, we can not wait to get together to party until the end of the night ”.
Definitely in demand, Mika is also a resident DJ for Gayguette Sundays, offered each month at the Bikini or the Labit Museum, “a dancing end of the day with a sense of freedom”. Rendezvous Next on October 24 at 6 p.m.
Vincent, in his early twenties, prefers to go to the Limelight (23 bis rue Pierre-Paul Riquet), a musical bar run by Michel, former owner of the iconic Shangaï, rue de la Pomme, now closed, “I love the cozy atmosphere and house music ”. The place opened thirteen ago and has made a place for itself in the gay & friendly Toulouse landscape. The bar le Quinquina, (rue des Tourneurs), which has animated the city for thirty-seven years. A bar which also welcomes activists of the LGBT + cause “Today is a great moment, assures Patrick Chabrier, the founder. Tonight, we expect a lot of afternoon “walkers”.