a gay-tolerant and gay-friendly city with bars, clubs and accommodation
places in the older inner-suburban areas. Some of the most popular
locations frequented by local and visiting gay people include:
Other popular locations are Toorak Road in South Yarra, Fitzroy
Street in St Kilda, the bar scene in Flinders Lane, Smith Street
in Collingwood and areas of Northcote and Clifton Hill.
Each year a the Midsumma Gay and Lesbian Festival is held in January
and February. It features art events, a street parade and a ball.
There is a Gay
& Lesbian Switchboard Information Service (0055 12504) which
has 24-hour recorded information on the entertainment scene. Trained
counsellors are available for assistance (or a chat) if you ring
the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard on 9510 5488.