Rio de Janeiro City’s Gay Scene

With a reputation as the “Marvelous City,” one would expect Rio to have more of a gay scene. However, as in many other cities in Brazil, instead of a gay neighborhood, gays, lesbians, and heteros mix socially all over the city. Here are some hot spots to check out.

US Pride Events 2011

Pride parades and events celebrating queer life have sprung up all over the country, spreading joy and love across the land. Most pride events occur annually in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement, though it is possible to find pride events throughout the summer months and even into October.

Havana’s Gay Scene

Gay life in Havana has expanded noticeably in recent years, although homosexual venues remain subject to police crackdowns. There are no established gay bars or clubs, which are banned, and the gay “scene” revolves around “hangout” street locales. Most nights there’s one or more gay parties at private venues, and everyone is welcome.

Introducing Dzi Croquettes

Over the last decade, Brazil’s small but robust film segment has created a culturally significant and surprisingly profitable niche by churning out a number of full-feature documentaries that rescue and pay homage to some of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. Dzi Croquettes is a film that not only captures the talent of the group, but also shines a revealing light upon a complex moment in Brazilian history.

The Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Life in Rio is inseparable from the city’s many beaches, and you’ll find strips of sand to suit your every whim. Here is a list of 10 beaches that you can count on to correspond with your mood and fulfill your desires — whatever they may be.