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MEXICO CITY FOR LGBT TRAVELERS, PART 1

by ADMIN | 08.31.18

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MEXICO CITY FOR LGBT TRAVELERS, PART 1

by ADMIN | 08.31.18

Mexico, in many ways, is a country that emphasizes diversity. While national culture is prevalent throughout, the fascinatingly layered history of Mexico can be seen in different ways across regions, communities, and even families! It is a forward-thinking country, where, while the population is largely Catholic, same-sex marriage is legal throughout. Mexico City is one of the best places for LGBT travelers. Here are two cultural institutions we think are particularly engaging. Keep an eye out for Part 2, which will highlight nightlife in the capital.

 

1- Museo Universitario del Chopo

The museum is located in an early-20th century building once used as an exhibition hall in Düsseldorf, now on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It highlights modern and contemporary art, as well as a wide array of events including performances, lectures, and film screenings. The art is typically experimental in nature, focusing on issues of sex, race, gender, sexuality, as well as youth and urban life. Located in the progressive and Colonia Santa María la Ribera, Museo Universitario del Chopo supports underground artists, often including members of the local queer community.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM, closed Monday and Tuesday

Website: http://www.chopo.unam.mx/english/

Location: Calle Dr. Enrique Gonzalez Martinez 10, Santa María la Ribera

 

2- Frida Kahlo Museum

The artist’s works and a number of her personal belongings are on display in her former home, also known as the Casa Azul. Openly bisexual in a time when the LGBT community was afforded little to no legal protection, Kahlo built an image for herself as a bold, outspoken artist… an image that makes her a cultural icon still today. The museum serves as a tribute to both her career and her unwillingness to live her life on anyone’s terms but her own. Be sure to check out the ongoing exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo which explores her identity and self-expression through the clothes she wore.

Hours: Tuesday 10 AM – 5:30 PM, Wednesday 11 AM – 5:30 PM, Thursday through Sunday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, closed Mondays and a number of other days… confirm hours with the museum

Website: http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/en/

Location: Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán


Bota Bota

Anchored in the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota, spa sur l’eau offers its passengers the healing benefits of a spa while being lulled by the natural movement of the St Lawrence River.

Why we love it:
The views of the Old Port and of the city, you just can’t beat the location! Awesome specials every day of the week, whether you are looking to just enjoy the baths or pamper yourself all day long
Montreal has mastered the spa for both summer and winter, so don’t be shy to go even if there is a foot of snow outside

Things to keep in mind:
Bota Bota can get crowded, especially on weekends and the summer, so maybe take advantage of their off-peak specials instead.​​​​​​​

Address:
Since Bota Bota is a boat, it does not have a physical address. We are located at the corner of McGill and De La Commune West….on the water!

Price: $XXX/Person
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Why we love it: Something of a trailblazer in a city swimming in bland business boltholes, Hotel St Paul offers a welcoming minimalism in Montreal’s hippest quarter. Occupying an old, bold Beaux Arts building, this swank sanctuary seamlessly blends touches of daring – a fire-lit cube glows over the lobby and floaty muslin drapes transport you to warmer climes – with the city’s history.

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Phone: 514.284.0234

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