Gay Life In Quito

Ecuador has undergone a remarkable transformation in the last few years.

Politically, Ecuador is relatively progressive. With the creation of a new constitution in 1998, Ecuador banned any type of discrimination based on sexual orientation, becoming the first country in the Americas - and the third country worldwide - to do so. This was a huge step in the right direction for acceptance and tolerance of sexuality across the nation. In 2008, Ecuador officially recognized same-sex civil unions, although same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned.

Quito’s ever-expanding gay pride parade takes place at the end of June (or early July) in the Mariscal, and goes down Avenida Amazonas to Plaza Foch.

With the new government and the “revolución ciudadana” many things have changed. Probably Ecuador will be the first country in the world that will have “gender” on the Identity card instead of “sex”. A ministerial service is watching over discrimination and make sure that ministries have an equal mix of man, woman, handicapped, indigenous and whatever their color, religion or origin. Cohabitation is regulated by a legal contract with all rights (except for adoption).

You can see man hugging and kissing, walking hand in hand on the streets, especially in Quito.

The gay scene in Quito city is free of dress-code, uniforms, and clones; dress for all occasions and places is casual light-weight summer wear (although you will need a sweater or jacket in the cool evenings). There is no age-ism. There is also a lack of attitude. You will find Quiteños very friendly, interested in foreigners (gringos), and a fair proportion speaks some English. It does help to be able to speak some Spanish, but not speaking Spanish isn’t a bar to having a good time.

There are quite a few gay friendly places in Quito, mostly centered on the Mariscal neighborhood. The scene changes quickly so forgive us if the list isn’t complete or up to date.

Discotheque - "La Mansion Retro" Bar Discotek (Riobamba)

Address: 02 DE AGOSTO Y ESPEJO (esquina)
Thursday to Saturday
reservations: 098941709

Discotheque - Blue Moon Bar Discotec (Machala)

Address: Palmeras y Manuel Estomba (before called secretos)

Discotheque - Kika Dance Club (Quito)

Address: Av. Veintimilla E8-125

Discotheque - Radar (Quito)

Address: Diego de Almagro N24-78 Foch
Sunday and Monday: closed;
Tu, We, Th: 05:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.; Fr, Sa: 05:30 p.m. - 03:00 a.m.

Divers - Brothers &Friends Aya Huma Tours (Quito)

Address: Galte S9 – 41 y Av. Rodrigo de Chávez
Tel: (02)6001698 / 0992959390
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Divers - Equidad (Quito)

Address: Baquerizo Moreno E7-86 y Diego de Almagro
www.equidadglbt.com
Tel: (+593 2) 254.4337

Divers - Organización De Mujeres Lesbianas (Quito)

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Tel: (+593 2) 2239579

Hotel - Casa Joaquín Boutique Hotel (Quito)

Address: Joaquín Pinto E4-376 y Juan Leon Mera
Sector Mariscal
Telf: +593 2 2224 791
Whatsapp: +593 95 8806 628

Sauna - El Faraón (Quito)

Addres: José Félix Barreiro N 50-84 y Los Álamos Frente al Edf. de Policía judicial
Telf: 02 241 8853 - 0990084039

Videos - La Oficina (Quito)

Address: Cristobal de Acuña Oe3-06 y Versalles.
Wifi zone
Monday to Thursday: 11:00 a 20:00 - Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a 21:00

Videos - Video Maxxx (Quito)

Three video rooms, dark room, private room. Selling movies at reasonable prices of al genders
Bar service. Resting and Reading room.
Address: Av. América N27-84 y Selva Alegre, 2do piso
Phone: (02) 256 6208
Monday to Saturday 12:00 a 20:00 – Sunday: 14:00 to 20:00

Discotheque - Ars Armandi (Quito)

Address: Juan León Mera y Joaquín Pinto (first floor)

Discotheque - Discoteca Pink (Ambato)

Address: Av. Atahualpa y Antonio Salas
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Discotheque - Oxrinn (Riobamba)

Discoteca, bar and Karaoke
Address: Av. Pedro Vicente Maldonado 47-53 y Av. La Prensa. Ex Base Naval (Circunvalación Sur)
Telf: 099 413 326

Discotheque - Tercer Milenio (aka El Hueco) (Quito)

Address: Baquedano 188 y Reina Victoria

Divers - Ishpingo Tours (Quito)

Address: Moreno Bellido E6-167 y Av. Amazonas

Divers - Proyecto Transgénero (Quito)

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Pub - Blues bar, cafetería alternativo (Cuenca)

Address: Presidente Córdova S 5-84 y Hermano Miguel

Sauna - Jinetes (Quito)

Address: Berlín 147 y 9 de Octubre

Videos - La Zona Cafenet (Quito)

Address: Foch E8-23 y Diego de Almagro
Telf: 2909158 - 0983002037
Video room, wifi, resting room

Discotheque - Bitch (Quito)

Address: Avenida 6 de diciembre (Avenida de La República)

Discotheque - El Divino Club (Quito)

Address: Foch y Juan León Mera E4 296

Discotheque - Pride Disco Pub (Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas)

Address: Zona Rosa, Abraham Calazacón y Pasaje C, Esquina (at 100 meters from the police)
Telf: 0983609973
Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas – Ecuador

Divers - Asociación Silueta X (Guayaquil)

Address: General Córdova #325 y Padre Aguirre
Teléfono: (593) 042-562964
Guayaquil - Ecuador

Divers - Cine Ocho y Medio (Quito)

It is a complex of cinemas and performing arts that facilitate the organization of the film festival El Lugar Sin Límites, as well as the Gay Film Nights .It is a gay friendly space that has a bar besides the cinema.

Address: Valladolid N24-353 and Vizcaya

Divers - La Naranjilla Mecánica (Clockwork Orange) (Quito)

Address: José Luis Tamayo 22.43 y Veintimilla

Divers - Visión y Diversidad (Ambato)

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Tel: 032-856849 Cel: 0999248878 - 0998138782

Sauna - Bambu Spa (Quito)

Address: Robles E7-34 y Av. 6 de Diciembre.
Phone: 02-2542998
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Monday to Friday: 14H00 to 22H00 Saturday and Sunday: 11H00 to 22H00

Video - Proyección de Películas Gay (Cuenca)

Address: Presidente Córdova 4-63 y Mariano Cueva
Monday to Saturday 15:00 to 21:00 / Domingo 13:00 to 18:00
Telf: 084339678 / 081413280

Videos - Olympus Cinema (Quito)

Address: Calle Cuero y Caicedo Oe3-124 between Av. América and Ulloa

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