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Gay History

A group from Puerto Vallarta representing Vallarta Pride in the 2024 NYC Pride Parade. Photo provided by Carlos Plasencia.
Puerto Vallarta proudly participated in the 2024 New York City Pride Parade, a significant milestone that underscores our city’s status as one of the world’s leading LGBT+ tourism capitals.
El Pirata
On the coast of Playa de los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta, Bar El Pirata, founded by Don Antonio Cázares, was not just a nightlife establishment, but a true spectacle of diversity and entertainment.
2009 Pride March
Gay History: Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ+ Community came together on Sunday, June 7, 2009 for a march to celebrate pride and diversity, reaffirming its commitment to inclusion and respect in Vallarta.
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Explore Puerto Vallarta and the queer history it holds - from Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor's 1961 visit, to the opening of the first gay bar in 1982.
Anónimo Bar
Experience the incredible Anonimo Bar as part of the Puerto Vallarta gay bar scene, opened in 2009 by Dan Bacchus. Now owned by Roger Allen and Bryan Stocks.
Club Manna
Vallarta has 35+ gay bars of all sizes. Relive the memories of the historic bars that made history but have now disappeared.
vallarta pride in 2013
The first pride celebration was held in Puerto Vallarta in 2013, with organizers - mainly local business leaders - determined to make it happen. 
In 1982, a young Lesbian named Vicky Macedo made history. She converted her family home, where she had been raised at Juarez 182, Centro, into the first openly gay bar in Puerto Vallarta. Los Balcones, in English, the balconies, had five balconies, all with an incredible view of the streets below. Two looked down onto Libertad, and three looked down onto the busy street of Juarez.
In 1982, a young Lesbian named Vicky Macedo made history. She converted her family home, where she had been raised at Juarez 182, Centro, into the first openly gay bar in Puerto Vallarta. Los Balcones, in English, the balconies, had five balconies, all with an incredible view of the streets below. Two looked down onto Libertad, and three looked down onto the busy street of Juarez.
Gay Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta's gay bars have a great impact on the LGBTQ community. Discover their storied history, cultures, clientele, and vibe.
Gay publications in Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta's local publications capture the daily life of the residents - Gay Guide Vallarta, Gay PV and Out & About PV.
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In 2009, Puerto Vallarta experienced a deep decline in tourism, but they made major investments & launched a LGBTQ+ tourism campaign for a successful comeback.
Mark Rome, owner of The Palm. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
Explore the inspiring story of Puerto Vallarta's cabaret scene over the past 24 years, from the incredible role of Mark Rome and others.
Juan Jacobo Hernández
Juan Jacobo Hernández, a pioneer in the Mexican LGBTIQ+ liberation movement, was in Puerto Vallarta to present his book & keynote lecture.
paco ruiz
The remarkable story of Paco Ruiz and his husband David Lansley's contributions to the flourishing LGBTQ+ destination of Puerto Vallarta.
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Explore the past and rich culture of Mexico's Gay Mecca, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Read about the early pioneers who helped pave the way to make the vibrante and welcoming gay community it is.

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