Monthly Archives: March 2012

My Gay Paris: a controversy surrounds a scientific study on AIDS

If you have been to a Paris gay bar recently, you might have encountered one of those ads for “Ipergay”.

Ipergay stands for “Intervention préventive de l’exposition aux risques avec et pour les gays” (Preventive Intervention of Risk Exposition with and for the Gays). It stirred a fierce controversy within the scientific community as well as within the gay community.

What is the experimentation about? It is focused on the effects of Truvada, which is usually used for people already infected with AIDS in their treatment, but the idea here is to use it only in a preventive way, to verify its effects on people who don’t have AIDS. Basically, if you wish to take part to the study, you are supposed to take this medicine and to have unprotected sex, to see if Truvada truly prevents to be contaminated by AIDS. But previous experiments in South America and Thailand have already shown that the use of Truvada in a preventive way was not proved to be effective. And of course, as in any scientific study, part of the population willing to be part of the experimentation will be given placebos.

So this is theoretically very risky, but officially, the people running the experiment do not advocate for unprotected sex. Furthermore, the interests behind this study are not crystal clear. There could be an alleged lobbying from the firm who own Truvada to make this study happen. The name “Ipergay” shows that gay people are associated with risky behavior when it comes to their sex life.

Since january, when the experimentation was launched, only 30 people have agreed to do it, when they expected about 2,000 people. So the lack of enthusiasm for this study could just lead to its failure and its cancellation.

My Gay Paris: Arnaud Clement, a gay icon and a tennis player from France!

Arnaud Clément (born 17 December 1977) is a professional tennis player from France. His best achievement is reaching the final of the 2001 Australian Open.Clément was born in Aix-en-Provence, and currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He turned professional in 1996, and his most significant achievement has been to reach the Australian Open men’s singles final in 2001, where he was defeated by Andre Agassi, defeating the then-unseeded but future number one Roger Federer and former number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov on his way to the final.

Clément was selected to represent one of the world’s best-known and most important fashion labels, Lacoste. He was seen from May 2004 onwards in a pan-European print and TV campaign alongside the Danish pop singer Natasha Thomas. The advert was directed and shot by Bruno Aveillan.

Clément has been ranked as high as 10th in the world in singles and as high as 24th in doubles, where he has often partnered with fellow Frenchmen Sébastien Grosjean and Michaël Llodra. He has won four ATP singles titles (Lyon 2000, Metz 2003, Marseille 2006, Washington 2006), and five doubles titles.

Arnaud Clement is in a relationship with a French singer Nolween Leroy who is also a gay icon! We have in France a very friendly nice duo!

My Gay Paris: The birth of Paris Gay Métropole

Paris wants to have its share of gay tourism, which is a growing market over the world. And with so many gay attractions, and even a gay mayor, why not take advantage of this for the town’s economy and image?

Last month, Paris Gay Metropole was finally created. It stems from an initiative of people and structures involved in gay and lesbian tourism, and also organizations involved in the parisian gay cultural life. Its aim is to promote Paris as a major destination of LGBT tourism in the world.

The idea behind this initiative is that there is a paradox: even though Paris is already a major destination for gay people and a gay-friendly capital, those aspects are rarely put forward when promoting Paris as a touristic destination. Among other things, there is a real lack of information: indeed, there is no way to have a general directory adapted to the needs and requests of LGBT travelers.

The association Paris Gay Métropole was born to change that. It will try to promote, develop and unite the offer of touristic, economical, cultural, and artistic activities targeting the LGBT community. It will also try to improve the welcome of LGBT travelers by the professionals of tourism in Paris. To become a member of the association, you just need to be willing to share those goals!

So, with Paris Gay Métropole, Paris is at last ready to compete with Berlin, London, Barcelona and other destinations to have its say in worldwide gay tourism. Paris is already a major gay-friendly destination: now it will be clear and visible for everyone.

My Gay Paris: The end of the fall/winter 2012-13 fashion week!

The Paris fashion week for fall/winter 2012-2012 just ended. Looking at its outcome, many observers say that Paris is, without a doubt, the world fashion capital. Forget about Milano or New York! Paris is where everything is happening in fashion. The shows organized by Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu closed this session. About a year ago, with the scandal surrounding the antisemitic declarations of John Galliano, the former creative director of Dior, the atmosphere was not at all the same. Even with the economic crisis, we are not back to something more positive, full of creativity and enthousiasm.

There is a strong influence of the New Wave of the 1980s and 1990s among the current fashion designers. There is also a fascination for modernity and urbanism: Balenciaga chose to present its collection at the top of a tall buidling of the Beaugrenelle area, near the Eiffel Tower.

Hermès chose to use velvet, which is, in that case, an influence of the 1970s. Italian brands such as Diesel and Gucci also chose to use it for their upcoming collection. The colors are more discreet, as the last trends were all about orange and red. You will want to use very large scarves, according to Vuitton. It has to be worn under a jacket. A lot of brands, in Milano and Paris, such as Yves Saint-Laurent or Hermès, used leather, but only concerning shoes or jackets, not fully equipped. There is also an influence of military clothing (Dior Homme). Leather, and military jackets… All of this is meant to be very masculine. Lastly, the fur collar will keep you warm, according to Yves-Saint-Laurent.

So this hints at what guys will look like next winter, if you ever come to think about this while the sun is finally coming back.

My Gay Paris: Paris Bids For 2018 Gay Games

With summer just around the corner, the attention of the world’s sports fans is currently centred on London, where the 2012 Olympic Games are due to start a few months from now. Preparations are well under way, and it’s looking set to be a great success—or an incredibly boring couple of weeks weeks if you happen to live near the games and don’t like sport!  Indeed, plenty of Londoners are thinking of getting away from it all and coming to spend the duration of the Olympic games in Paris, and we’ll be more than happy to host some as many of the exiles as we can!

Gay Games

The Olympics might be the most well-known event in the mainstream sporting calendar, but over the years the Gay Games—and since 2001, rival event the Out Games (more on that later)—have grown in popularity amongst the gay community. As well as being a popular opportunity for gay and lesbian athletes to engage in sporting activities somewhere they feel safe and comfortable, they are also a welcome opportunity for socialising, with plenty of networking and partying after the sport is over.

Paris Bid

After months of rumours, Paris has just announced plans to bid to host the gay games in 2018. Better still, the city is hoping that the Out Games, which broke off from the original Gay Games acrimoniously back in 2001 and which will next be held in 2017, will have patched things up by then. The aim is to re-unite the two events and create a single gay-friendly worldwide sporting event on a fixed four year calendar, starting from scratch in Paris in 2018.

Paris may well have lost out on its Olympics bid back in 2007, but the city had put in a lot of preparation and the sporting infrastructure is very much in place. The city is used to hosting large scale events, and with everything from the French Open to European athletics making a regular visit, facilities including tennis courts, several full-sized swimming pools and plenty more besides.


That doesn’t, however, mean it won’t take a lot of work. The Gay Games are incredibly popular, attracting as many as 12 000 athletes, but they don’t enjoy anywhere near as much financial support as other sporting events. For many aspects, they rely on volunteers, and that’s why the local association, the Fédération sportive gay et lebsien, has already started work.

It might seem like a long way off for planning a trip to Paris, but it might just be worth pencilling a few weeks in summer 2018 into your diary!  If the French capital is successful, it will be only the second time that the event has been held in Europe after 2006’s event in Cologne, Germany; the 2014 Gay Games will be shared between Cleveland and Akron in the US Midwest.