Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Gay tourists discover Buenos Aires (barf alert)
BBC ^ | 13 January, 2005

Posted on 01/13/2005 9:44:20 AM PST by traumer

Sweat trickles down the face of a man busking in a steamy town square.

Buenos Aires is now relatively cheap to visit A young woman paints the final brushstrokes of a summertime cityscape. Gaggles of children giggle by the lakeside in a gloriously green park.

This is Buenos Aires: So pretty, so elegant and so European that it has often been described as the "Paris of South America".

Before Argentina's economic crisis struck in 2001, Buenos Aires was probably the most expensive city in South America: $1 bought you one peso.

Now it gets you three, allowing visitors to experience a first-world city at third-world prices.

Chic quarter

But although tourism of all types is booming, Buenos Aires is now establishing itself as the place to go for one particular group of visitors.

San Telmo is just outside the city centre.

It has always been a favourite among tourists of all orientations, thanks to its lovely antique shops, its chic boutiques and its ancient-looking cobbled streets.

But it is also fast becoming the epicentre for Buenos Aires' booming gay tourist trade.

Gary, a gay tourist from San Francisco (Photo by Elliott Gotkine) Finding out that it's very gay-friendly and very accepting means we can enjoy the attractive men and go to the gay bars Gary, tourist Not only is this the home of the first ever gay hostel in Buenos Aires, but there are now plans afoot to officially designate this place "gay-friendly".

Enjoying some of the shade afforded by a cavernous flea market, I caught up in San Telmo with Gary and his partner Chris.

They come from just outside San Francisco - the birthplace of gay pride.

They had already done Miami, Rio and other gay hotspots and wanted to try something new.

Gary told me Buenos Aires seemed like their kind of town.

"I just wanted to come here for the great weather, the European atmosphere, the exchange rate, the fact that it's in the Americas. And then finding out, as we travelled, that it's very gay-friendly and very accepting, it just means we can enjoy the attractive men and go to the gay bars."

Parade

In November, Buenos Aires' annual gay pride parade attracted thousands of men and women.

Waving rainbow-coloured flags and dancing with unbridled joy, they wound their way through the city's streets.

How times have changed in Catholic Argentina: Just a few years ago, there were far fewer marchers and many covered their faces for fear of reprisals.

Pride Travel, a travel agency serving a gay clientele (Photo by Elliott Gotkine) Travel agencies and tango bars are springing up to serve gay clients Nowadays, the worst they can expect is a hail of verbal abuse.

"This march deserves our deepest scorn," shouted one man. "It's a march against nature."

Overall, though, protests were muted.

Buenos Aires is now among the most liberal cities in the Americas.

Two years ago, it legalised same-sex civil unions.

And at the recent Latin American tourism fair, held in the Argentine capital, officials were more than happy to promote the city's pink credentials.

"We're not conservative, in traditional terms," says Marcela Cuesta, Buenos Aires's subsecretary of tourism.

"We're quite an open society, with open criteria to accept visitors. And that's what we've been showing and that's why gay tourism has nominated us as a gay-friendly city."

Income

She says she's delighted with the influx of gay tourists, who bring in much-needed revenues.

Tourism in Buenos Aires is up to 5.25m visitors - a new record. Twenty percent of these, we believe, are gay Marcela Cuesta, Buenos Aires tourism official She notes that homosexuals tend to be big spenders because many do not have children to support.

And she says their efforts to tap into this niche are already bearing fruit.

"Official figures show that tourism in Buenos Aires is up 38% on last year to 5.25m visitors - a new record. Twenty percent of these, we believe, are gay, from all over the world, especially from Europe and America."

To meet this growing demand, travel agencies, guest houses and even tango bars catering for the city's gay visitors are popping up all over town.

And there are plans afoot to build a five-star gay hotel in the city.

Buenos Aires, dejected for so long by its economic woes, is once again standing proud, as the gay tourism capital of South America.

But then, in a city where even the presidential palace - the Casa Rosada - is pink, we should have probably seen it coming.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3rdworldanus; aids; argentina; buenosaires; buttpirates; hepatitis; homosexualagenda; mediavacationspot; picklepuffers; rumprangers; saladtossers; stdfactories; tourism
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-92 next last

1 posted on 01/13/2005 9:44:21 AM PST by traumer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: traumer

Again, it is ALWAYS the LEFTIST MEDIA that keeps pandering to this extreme leftist fringe group....otherwise we would never hear about them, and that would suit me fine!!!


2 posted on 01/13/2005 9:45:43 AM PST by EagleUSA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

"their efforts to tap into this niche are already bearing fruit... "


3 posted on 01/13/2005 9:45:59 AM PST by traumer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer
. . .Twenty percent of these, we believe, are gay, from all over the world, especially from Europe and America."

Do they take surveys?

4 posted on 01/13/2005 9:49:23 AM PST by Mike Bates (Start the New Year with a good book. Modesty prevents me from suggesting which one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Don't know about it's popularity amongst Gay people but Buenos Aires is certainly a wonderful place to visit, wonderfully cheap, friendly people and excellent food.


5 posted on 01/13/2005 9:51:08 AM PST by Ed Thomas
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Nonsense, I've been to Buenos Aires, and the gay sex is lousy there. OK, I kid.

My question is... why the heck should we care?


6 posted on 01/13/2005 9:51:50 AM PST by Mr.Pinette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BlackElk

Tell me some more about how more Hispanics will mean a more culturally conservative America.


7 posted on 01/13/2005 9:52:56 AM PST by Sam the Sham
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

FRUITS!!!!


8 posted on 01/13/2005 9:54:04 AM PST by Lion in Winter (I ain't no pussy cat... don't mess with me... ya hear! GRRRRRRrrr)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: traumer; Clint N. Suhks; little jeremiah; scripter

Gee, hungry, homeless children roam the streets and the homos are discovering that means its a great and inexpensive vacation place.

Can anyone miss the connection here?


9 posted on 01/13/2005 9:54:55 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

When a "news piece" opens like a really crappy novel, the credibility is always suspect.

APf


10 posted on 01/13/2005 9:55:25 AM PST by APFel (Humanity has a poor track record of predicting its own future.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Guess they'll fit in with all the other hedonists who can't afford Rio.


11 posted on 01/13/2005 9:56:13 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Gary added, "I bought a lot of souveniers in Argentina, but when it was time to go I had a bunch of guys offering to help me pack my sh!t..."


12 posted on 01/13/2005 9:57:12 AM PST by Joe 6-pack ("We deal in hard calibers and hot lead." - Roland Deschaines)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ApplegateRanch

Gary and his partner Chris said they like BA for "it's attractive men"... so much for that being a monogamus relationship.


13 posted on 01/13/2005 10:00:12 AM PST by superiorslots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: FormerLib

"hungry, homeless children roam the streets and the homos are discovering that means its a great and inexpensive vacation place "

Sounds almost like Thailand, eh...?


14 posted on 01/13/2005 10:01:48 AM PST by traumer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: FormerLib

"Gee, hungry, homeless children roam the streets and the homos are discovering that means its a great and inexpensive vacation place.

Can anyone miss the connection here?"

Bingo!


15 posted on 01/13/2005 10:01:55 AM PST by EagleMamaMT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: traumer
Gaggles of children giggle by the lakeside in a gloriously green park.

Sounds like something Snoopy would pound out on his typewriter atop the doghouse . . .

16 posted on 01/13/2005 10:02:21 AM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

there seem to be many homosexual MSM "gay" stories the last two days.


17 posted on 01/13/2005 10:05:33 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: superiorslots
And then finding out, as we travelled, that it's very gay-friendly and very accepting, it just means we can enjoy the attractive men and go to the gay bars."

This whole article gave me the creeps. It's like these "attractive men" are other souvenirs, commodities like nice vases and paintings they collect along the way. Something very dehumanizing about this attitude.

18 posted on 01/13/2005 10:05:49 AM PST by formercalifornian (Daschle b-gone!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: ApplegateRanch

Never mentioned the remnants of Hitler's Third Reich that fled da muddahland for the tropical paradise of Argentina.


19 posted on 01/13/2005 10:06:13 AM PST by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: ApplegateRanch

Never mentioned the remnants of Hitler's Third Reich that fled da muddahland for the tropical paradise of Argentina.


20 posted on 01/13/2005 10:06:14 AM PST by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: EagleMamaMT
They come from just outside San Francisco - the birthplace of gay pride. They had already done Miami, Rio and other gay hotspots...
21 posted on 01/13/2005 10:06:23 AM PST by traumer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack
"a bunch of guys offering to help me pack my sh!t." This a double entendre to end all double entendres.
22 posted on 01/13/2005 10:15:52 AM PST by Malesherbes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: traumer

Too funny!


23 posted on 01/13/2005 10:16:04 AM PST by mlc9852
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #24 Removed by Moderator

To: traumer

Argentineans are going through a horribly critical period in their nation's history. Buenos Aires is becoming gay-friendly, or puto-friendly in the local jargon, because it has no other recourse. The hordes of these individuals descend upon this still nice but impoverished city after holding their horrible bacchanals in Rio or Sao Paulo, especially at this time of the year when the Brazilians hold their carnivals. This report, by a BBC homosexual, I'm sure (they abound in that milieu) is giving a slanted view of the situation. Although Buenos Aires is not Bangkok, it'll probably reach that nadir pretty soon. Until it manages to pull itself together, and emerge from the mess, I guess it'll have to suffer the invasion of these people with their outrageous conduct, along with pedophiles and other perverts! But make no mistake about it, the Argentineans will soon react against this horde's outrageous lifestyle and neither Lambda, nor the ACLU, nor their own filthy money will save them from the public wrath!



25 posted on 01/13/2005 10:24:52 AM PST by Diogenes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: adamk75
"... just like when straight men like looking at attractive women, it doesn't mean they plan on having sex with them.

But most of 'em would like to dwell on the idea. ;-)

26 posted on 01/13/2005 10:26:38 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Diogenes

I have some freq. flier miles and was thinking about Chile or Argentina - but this !

It must be a great city - and now it's infested...


27 posted on 01/13/2005 10:32:20 AM PST by traumer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: FormerLib

They have to go somewhere until Thailand is rebuilt.


28 posted on 01/13/2005 10:36:52 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

Comment #29 Removed by Moderator

To: adamk75

Clearly, you missed the intent of the phrase "dwell on the idea!" ;-)


30 posted on 01/13/2005 10:38:34 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: adamk75

Quote: And you've never been in a monogamous relationship and *not* looked at members of the opposite sex?


Adam
My question to you is why do gays have such a preoccupation with everything sex?? When my wife and I go on vacation, our main thoughts or comments brought up is not to go to "enjoy attractive" members of the opposite sex.

We go to see scenery and relax.


31 posted on 01/13/2005 10:52:34 AM PST by superiorslots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Comment #32 Removed by Moderator

Comment #33 Removed by Moderator

To: traumer

-Sweat trickles down the face of a man busking in a steamy town square...-

I don't even want to know what "busking" is.


34 posted on 01/13/2005 11:01:51 AM PST by AmericanChef
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Good line LOL


35 posted on 01/13/2005 11:06:09 AM PST by brooklyn dave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: traumer

"Infested" I like that term. Seems like the sodomites are infesting all popular vacation sites. Soon we won't be able to go anywhere without being subjected to their "antics" (for lack of a better word.)


36 posted on 01/13/2005 11:15:57 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: adamk75
Do you really think that gays are, on average, more preoccupied with sex than heterosexuals are?

A. Because they define themselves as a group based upon their sexual perversions.

37 posted on 01/13/2005 11:29:23 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: traumer

This is too weird


38 posted on 01/13/2005 11:31:31 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: traumer

How typical that the Batty Boys Club, should run this story.


39 posted on 01/13/2005 11:31:40 AM PST by crazycat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #40 Removed by Moderator

To: AmericanChef
I don't even want to know what "busking" is.

Playing a musical instrument in public for tips. Totally innocent.

41 posted on 01/13/2005 11:35:16 AM PST by Modernman (What is moral is what you feel good after. - Ernest Hemingway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: adamk75
Do you really think that gays are, on average, more preoccupied with sex than heterosexuals are? I certainly don't believe that.

My theory is that gay men have lots of sex with as many different partners because they can. Straight men would do the same, if women were willing. AFAK, lesbians aren't any more promiscuous than straight women because, in general, women do not have the same biological drive to have sex with anything that moves.

42 posted on 01/13/2005 11:37:57 AM PST by Modernman (What is moral is what you feel good after. - Ernest Hemingway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: adamk75

"Iwork in a company with, almost exclusivel, straight men. I've heard what they talk about 80% of the day when they're not working. It's not the weather, and it's not politics. :-)"

Women tell me the same thing about men, but I just can't see it.


43 posted on 01/13/2005 11:39:14 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

Comment #44 Removed by Moderator

To: adamk75
It seems to me that it's really heterosexuals who define homosexuals as a group based on their sexual preferences.

Oh right, we just went and made them form ACT-UP and required them to show up for those "Gay Pride" (the ultimate oxymoron) parades.

45 posted on 01/13/2005 11:44:36 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: adamk75
Yes and no. While I'm not disagreeing that the urge is there for most men, I'd like to think that we all (straight and gay) are capable of keeping our dicks in our pants when we've made the conscious decision to be monogamous.

I think there's a lot less temptation for straight men then there is for gay men. I don't know about you, but I've never walked into a bar or nightclub knowing that the majority of the people there were willing to have sex with me. If I was gay, no matter how committed to monogamy, I imagine there would be many more opportunities to stray.

46 posted on 01/13/2005 11:44:54 AM PST by Modernman (What is moral is what you feel good after. - Ernest Hemingway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

Comment #47 Removed by Moderator

Comment #48 Removed by Moderator

To: adamk75
If you were committed to monogamy, would you knowingly walk into a singles bar where all temptation would be? I certainly wouldn't. Hell, even when I was single, I avoided those places like the plague.

If you were gay, it wouldn't have to be a singles bar. It would just be any place where homosexuals hung out.

I live in DC. Dupont Circle is the "gay area." A lot of businesses in the area have a high percentage of homosexual patrons. Imagine walking into Starbucks knowing that a goodly percentage of the patrons are willing to have sex with you. Unless you were willing to completely segregate yourself from the gay community, you would constantly be exposed to temptation.

49 posted on 01/13/2005 11:51:53 AM PST by Modernman (What is moral is what you feel good after. - Ernest Hemingway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

Comment #50 Removed by Moderator


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-92 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson