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About GayCities

We're aiming to make GayCities the only place gays and lesbians (and their friends) need to turn to find out where to go, stay and eat in cities around the world.

We started GayCities because it was too hard to find useful, up to date, comprehensive information on gay bars, welcoming hotels and B&Bs, good restaurants and fun events when traveling. And the information you can find always seemed to be missing something: what people actually say about the place.

So, in 2005, we began building GayCities with the power of the community as its driving force. We want this to be a place where people share their opinions on the places we list, where people contribute new places and where the site gets better with every new visitor. With your help, GayCities can be the most comprehensive gay city guide with reviews and ratings contributed by people like you.

In 2008, we relaunched the site with the hope of making it easier to find and follow people that share your tastes and interests. Just "become a fan" of someone on the site, and it's easy to follow their latest reviews, events and posts. We also added ways for you to add your photos, become a fan of your favorite destinations and post questions in our discussion forums.

We are a for profit business and we make money by selling advertising on the site. We offer national advertisers and local small businesses with easy ways to share their products and services with the hundreds of thousands of users who visit GayCities each month. We love making both users and advertisers happy, so we have firm privacy and editorial guidelines to make sure that we remain fair and truthful. Advertisers can't buy influence or ask us to remove a user's review or forum post. But we do offer advertisers easy ways to make sure that their voice is heard too.

Thanks for visiting, and remember, this site is for you, so please give us feedback to let us know what you think.

Who are some of the people responsible for GayCities?

  Scott Gatz, Founder and CEO
Scott is an explorer at heart. He loves learning about new places, always picks the hotel away from where all the tourists stay and would prefer to sit in a cafe and soak up local culture rather than rush to do the "tourist checklist". Before founding Gaycities, Scott was the Yahoo! executive responsible for My Yahoo!, Yahoo! Search and numerous new initiatives there. He has 15 years of experience building online products and loves staying a step or two ahead of the latest trends online.
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  Chris Bull, Co-Founder and Editorial Director
For two decades Chris has traveled the globe, from Havana to Istanbul, covering gay life in all its glorious manifestations. He likes nothing more than hanging out in cafes in a exotic locales interviewing locals about their politics, culture and nightlife. The former editor of PlanetOut.com, Washington Correspondent for The Advocate and the author of seven books and anthologies, he is the recipient of honors from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. He lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
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  David Yu, CTO
David grew up roaming the streets of Taipei and often fed himself extra meals by socializing with the street vendors. He moved to the US at 14 by himself to become a beach bum then a ski bum. More than traveling, he loves living in big cities and learning different languages. Prior to GayCities, David worked for law firms all over the world and co-founded a company. He studied computer science and biophysics at Yale and had a career in bioinformatics before getting his JD from the other school. He is based in San Francisco and plays soccer and cello with the coolest guys this part of the world.
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  Scott Furman, National Sales Director
Born and raised in Burbank California, Scott is a native Californian who loves to travel, especially around his vast home state. From the beautiful beaches to the bustling urban centers, and from the exotic deserts to the cozy sierra foothills, Scott is well versed in California travel. Scott joins GayCities with more than a wealth of sales experience in gay media. Prior to joining our team in April 2011 as the National Sales Director, Scott served as the Advertising Sales Director at Here Media, and before that was the Online Advertising Sales Director at PlanetOut. Scott lived in San Francisco for 15 years but recently moved back to Southern California where he now calls Downtown Los Angeles home.
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  Jake Myers, Account Executive
Jake finds that vacations are a necessity for keeping yourself centered and relaxed. Some of his favorite spots are Greece, Maui, Miami, Prague, and Paris. Jake has an extensive background in both sales and marketing, working in gay media for local publications in Los Angeles, and also online marketing in the entertainment industry. This experience along with his passion for psychology allows Jake to help clients design an ad campaign that will really maximize all the options available, and get the best exposure. Jake has lived in various places, from L.A., Savannah, Boston, and Atlanta. He returned to Los Angeles in 2001 and handles the west coast sales.
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Meet our contributing editors

  Oscar Raymundo, Assistant Editor
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oscar moved to the California Bay Area months before his 10th birthday. He graduated from Northwestern University, where he was the executive editor of NUde magazine, a student lifestyle publication. Oscar spent a summer in New York interning at CosmoGIRL!, the first member of the opposite sex to ever do so. His daily duties were to provide a healthy dose of testosterone in the office and to go fetch the editor's gourmet chocolates from across the street. After graduation, his dreams of becoming a spy intensified when he snuck onto a flight at Charles de Gaulle airport without a boarding pass. He has written for Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, GayWired.com and EDGEonthenet.com.
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  Scott Wallis, Editor, Washington DC
R. Scott Wallis splits his time between the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC and a shore house in Spring Lake, New Jersey. He spends a great deal of time on the road, too, for business and pleasure, his favorite destinations being Costa Rica, Alaska, Italy, Greece, Hawaii, and the high seas in between. Scott runs his family's clothing company and produces & co-hosts three weekly podcasts, including It's A Gay World. Scott serves on the newly formed Washington, DC Leadership Council for GLAAD and is active with the Capital Pride Alliance. He loves writing (he published his first thriller last year, Scout's Honor), new media, and adventure-filled vacations on or near the water. He lives with his boyfriend of over 15 years and their Dalmatian.
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  Barbara Wilcox, Contributing Editor
Barbara Wilcox embarks on her fifth trip to Africa this summer. She's cared for lion cubs in Johannesburg, perused ruins in Sudan and vagabonded solo around rural South Africa. She's been staff editor at PlanetOut and has written and edited for newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee.
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Paul Brummitt   Paul Brummitt, Editor, Copenhagen
GayCities Copenhagen editor, Paul Brummitt, blogged and photographed from World Outgames in his beloved adopted hometown. When not checking out the local queer scene for gaycities.com, the British ex-pat spends his days as a freelance writer, English teacher and sales consultant.


David Oppedisano   David Oppedisano, Editor, London
Having spent a university semester in London in 1981, Boston-born David Oppedisano returned to the British capital in 1984 and has lived there since. He works as a journalist and researcher, with an emphasis on film.


  Tony Giampetruzzi, Editor, New England
When In Newsweekly, New England's largest GLBT newspaper lost its arts and entertainment editor in 2002, Tony Giampetruzzi was asked to temporarily report on nightlife, gay porn, DJs, pop stars, reality TV shows, movies, travel and assorted other gay haunts and icons. Hard news and health had been his beat for five years, but he decided to add a little mind taffy to his repertoire - an addiction set in. While an editor at IN and an award-winning contributor for dozens of print and electronic news and entertainment sources, Tony also wrote bios and did public relations for a number of DJs and other celebrities ... and ran media for the occasional political campaign. Tony entered gay journalism recovery in 2006 to further pursue a career in political strategy, communications and crisis management. Today he owns a consulting agency in Portland, Maine that specializes in public relations, communications, new media and community organizing. And, yes, he has fallen off the wagon and is once again soaking up the syrupy goodness that is gay pop culture with his contributions to gaycities.com and writing the occasional bio for the next big B-lister.
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  Jeffrey James Keyes, Editor, New York
Jeffrey is a writer and photographer that loves nothing more than on hopping on a plane and exploring the world.
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  Xavier Heraud, Editor, Paris
Even though he is not yet 30, Xavier Heraud has been around. Not only did he spend five years as an editor at Tetu, a gay newsweekly, he is the author Guides des Jeunes Homos (Guide to Gay Youth), and as the producer of the now-defunct Paris pop party, Androgeny. Today he is co-founder and blogger at Yagg.com, which he describes as "the new gay and lesbian media" for the French-speaking gay community. It was this range of experiences (not to mention his bilingual skills) that would prove critical in creating our fabulous gay guide to Paris, where he has lived near the Canal Saint Martin for the last eight years. Because of the demands of his various pursuits, Xavier doesn't get a chance to travel much. "But you know what," he says. "That doesn't bother me too much. Gay life is really rich here. There's never a big reason to leave, and there's no way you'll ever feel alone." Xavier's perfect night out in Paris is really quite simple. "When I go out I usually do the Marais' Bermuda Triangle," he says. "I start with the Duplex, then go to Raidd and finish the night at the Cud. I also really like the Black Blanc Beur party."
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Jeffrey Katz   Jeffrey Katz, Editor, Southwest U.S.
Jeff enjoys tracking the openings and newest "it" spots around Hollywood and the southland. Jeff landed in L.A. two years ago via Miami, Sacramento and San Francisco, and has also lived and traveled abroad, so he knows a thing or two about finding the hidden gems in a big city. As a writer and editor his work has appeared in the L.A. Times, San Francisco Magazine, Life & Style and IN L.A. Magazine. Jeff is also currently the associate editor at Instinct Magazine, the nation's leading gay men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine, which you can check out in bookstores everywhere and at instinctmagazine.com.


  Ray Delgado, Contributing Writer
Born in the Los Angeles area, Ray now calls San Francisco home after living there more than 15 years. Ray is a former journalist for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, having written extensively about crime, politics, education and the gay community. Ray served as the Northern California Chapter President of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for six years and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Gay Straight Alliance Network (www.gsanetwork.org). After leaving the Chronicle, Ray has written numerous travel articles on national and international destinations that have appeared in the Advocate, Out Traveler and other publications.
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  Jorge Cino, Editor, Buenos Aires
Born and raised in Argentina, Jorge Cino, grew up in the city he now covers. He likes to say that the historical and sizzling neighborhood of Belgrano prepared him "very well for certain things, and not so greatly for others." While in college, he decided to study abroad and not altogether surprisingly picked the gayest city on earth: San Francisco, where is working toward an MFA in creative writing at the University of San Francisco. He especially admires his adopted city's ability to embrace a truly dizzying range of human diversity. Yet at the same time he misses the vibrant social and cultural life that the streets of Buenos Aires offer. He spends lots of time in both places.
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Robert Landon   Robert Landon, Editor, Rio de Janeiro
In 2002, Robert Landon went to Brazil for one week, stayed two, returned home only to sell all his worldly goods, and a month later he was living in Copacabana. A travel writer for more than a decade, Robert went on to co-author the Lonely Planet Brazil guide. He has also written Lonely Planet guides to Florence, Colombia, Portugal, California and West Africa. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, BudgetTravel.com, Fodors.com and many other publications. Robert and his Brazilian partner Thiago now divide their time between Berkeley, California and Rio de Janeiro.