Frei Caneca Street

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Frei Caneca Street
Rua Frei Caneca SP.JPG
Native nameRua Frei Caneca  (Portuguese)
Length1,500 m (4,900 ft)
LocationSão Paulo, Brazil
East endRua Caio Prado, 363
South endAvenida Paulista, 1962

Frei Caneca Street (Portuguese: Rua Frei Caneca, local Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌʁu.ɐ ˈfɾeɪ kɐˈnɛkɐ][1]) is an important LGBT Street in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, that starts at the Paulista Avenue and ends at Augusta Street.[2] In the street is located the famous gay nightclub A Loca, and the gay friendly Shopping Frei Caneca.

In the Street of Frei Caneca is located the Gay Tourist Information Centre of the city of São Paulo. The São Paulo Turismo (SPTuris) listed 91 gay friendly places, not to mention the indications of parks and museums. Including 8 shopping centers, 25 cafes and bars, 23 nightclubs, 20 restaurants and 8 saunas.[3]

The idea, according to the SPTuris, is to publicize the city's options for the gay community, coming to São Paulo with more intensity in the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade, but that come back on other occasions.

With trained staff the Gay CIT will work in Casarão Brasil, GLS association, and will be administered by the Associação Brasileira de Turismo para Gays, Lésbicas e Simpatizantes (Abrat-GLS). The staff is bilingual, Portuguese and English.[4]

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  1. ^ The standard Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation, closer to Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area middle and upper classes' speech, is: IPA: [ˌʁu.ɐ ˈfɾej kaˈnɛkɐ]
  2. ^ The Gay Street of São Paulo is the Rua Frei Caneca (in Portuguese) Archived 2011-08-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Gay Tourist Information Centre - Frei Caneca Street" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  4. ^ "Bilingual Center for LGBT people on Frei Caneca Street" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-05-22.