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Gay History Part Two & Gay Bar Row

Mexico City / Ciudad de México, Mexico

Experience hosted by Carlos

3.5 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 10 people
Includes tickets and equipment

What you'll do

Queer History at Historic Center Landmarks & Gay Bar Row

(Para español, contáctame)

In this part, Part Two of many, in the Gay History Experience, you'll learn about our LGBT history at the 16th century city's edges in the Historic Center.

We will be at the only openly LGBT monument in town & at the subway's gayest station. At Spain's gay poet García-Lorca's bust we will learn of him, of crimes against humanity & of a Mexican diplomat who saved thousands from the Nazi.

We will go to the Spanish Inquisition's burning grounds for sodomites & to where drugs were introduced to the LGBT community & discover the life of a famous American gay writer in an old cantina.

We will stroll by the site of the first equal marriage & the Old Asylum, where lesbians were locked-up, centuries ago.

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" & the LGBT-driven founding of the Human Rights Commission will mark the entrance to "Gay Bar Row" where a couple of dozen bars thrive & set trends.

As a finale, we end up visiting the most iconic "beer-only," "dive-in" bar in town.
Queer History at Historic Center Landmarks & Gay Bar Row

(Para español, contáctame)

In this part, Part Two of many, in the Gay History Experience, you'll learn about our LGBT history at the 16th century city's edges in the Historic Center.

We will be at the only openly LGBT monument in town & at the subway's gayest station. At Spain's gay poet García-Lorca's bust we will learn of him, of crimes against humanity &…

What's included

  • Tickets
    Entrance to some private and public locations has been agreed and is fully...
  • Equipment
    You will be provided with an LGBT-focused map of the Historic Center so tha...

Meet your host, Carlos

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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For decades as a hobby & then as a professional activity, I have researched & shared the history of diversity that has been forgotten, left hidden or in the closet for most of its parts to help advance the fight for equality.

I have earned my National Tour Guide License & also a Hosting Diploma by Walt Disney University in Florida. My curated & focused walks showcase Women's, Indigenous, LGBT, Jewish, US American & other diverse sides of history in Mexico at its relevant sites.

I thrive to show our vast history, arts & traditions; from Mexico before Mexico & its founding in 1325 A.D., to date; not in a boring way but in one that I expect may amuse you.

I share the stories from the diverse communities that shaped us at places where it happened. Malinche, Luis Carvajal, Sor Juana, Salvador Novo, Frida Kahlo & Robert Brady are part of it.
For decades as a hobby & then as a professional activity, I have researched & shared the history of diversity that has been forgotten, left hidden or in the closet for most of its parts to help advance the fight for equality.

I have earned my National Tour Guide License & also a Hosting Diploma by Walt Disney University in Florida. My curated & focused walks showcase Women's, Indigenous, LGBT, Jewish, US American & other diverse sides of history in Mexico at its relevant sites…
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Where you'll be

During the 3.5 hour walk, we will visit Alameda Park's LGBT-related corners, the rainbow crosswalk, the Juárez memorial & complex & Chinatown. Past the Palace of Bellas Artes we will arrive at Tolsá Plaza & the Museum of Art. Before heading to the Historic Center's Gay Bar Row we will see the city's legislature & its official theatre. All of this happens at the old city limits between the former convents of San Diego & the Immaculate Conception.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 17 reviews.

Elgin
March 2020
I highly recommend going on this tour with Carlos -- it was so informative and insightful, and was interspersed with historical facts and insights, as well as with surprising and wonderful personal information and experience.
Sean
February 2020
This is an extensive insight to gay history - centuries of persecution giving way to Mexico's preeminent position as the leader of LGBT rights in Latin America. Carlos has a lot of dishy tales to share along with 19th and 20th century Mexican history in total. He's generous with his time and at the end of Part II, you'll know exactly where to pursue your own explorations of gay life in the city (wink wink).
This is an extensive insight to gay history - centuries of persecution giving way to Mexico's preeminent position as the leader of LGBT rights in Latin America. Carlos has a lot of…
다영
February 2020
I am not native English speaker so I couldn't understand everything but I learnt a lot of things about gay history & culture and fun history that I couldn't find in Korean web site and also I relized Mexico city people are very open and queer friendly. It was nice time and I highly recommend ! Ps. Carlos recommened Mamey ice ceam and It was very very good I hope you all try this ice cream.
I am not native English speaker so I couldn't understand everything but I learnt a lot of things about gay history & culture and fun history that I couldn't find in Korean web site…
Cyrus
January 2020
Carlos's gay city tour is fun, appealing, and highly informative. He's a relaxed and confident pro. This was my second tour with him (I took Part I), and once again I left feeling pleased, satisfied, and far more in the know. I highly recommend Carlos!
Carlos's gay city tour is fun, appealing, and highly informative. He's a relaxed and confident pro. This was my second tour with him (I took Part I), and once again I left feeling…
Lisa
January 2020
Carlos is an excellent guide. He has been giving tours full time for 5 years, so he is very knowledgeable about his topic. I learned a lot about Mexican history during my tour. Carlos made my experience extra special, as I was the only client!
Carlos is an excellent guide. He has been giving tours full time for 5 years, so he is very knowledgeable about his topic. I learned a lot about Mexican history during my tour. Car…
Nicola
December 2019
Carlos was incredibly knowledgeable and personable; four hours together flew by, and his insights into the community and how it operated historically and how it thrives today, is incredible. He knows practically everyone and has personal anecdotes that make the discussion that much more real. He also knows all the hot spots and is happy to give recommendations freely. If we had more time in Mexico City we’d do more of his tours, which are listed on his website. Also, he is incredibly professional and chooses, as he says, to charge a proper wage rather than a low ticket price and rely on tips. Overall, he’s a great person and a truly lovely guide - I highly recommend taking his tours.
Carlos was incredibly knowledgeable and personable; four hours together flew by, and his insights into the community and how it operated historically and how it thrives today, is i…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes as this is one long walk.

Sun protection like a cap, shades and/or sun block as we spend most of the time outdoors.