Zurich is with its round 400,000 inhabitants, a small, manageable metropolis with an astonishingly lively and modern gay scene. The days when Zurich was seen as a sterile finance city are a long gone. The gay scene locations are frequently open until the early hours of the morning. A registered, same-sex partnership contract was past by referendum with a 2/3 majority and the party scene has a good reputation not only because of the success of the "Zurich Pride" and the last remaining Techno parade in Europe which takes place on the 2nd Saturday in August. At the beginning in 2008 a lower court declared sex in "public commercial rooms", meaning darkrooms in Zurich for illegal. Owners and gay organizations have contested this judgment. Up until the last minute before publishing this Spartacus the legal situation remains unclear. With around 400,000 inhabitants Zurich is a small manageable city, yet it has a surprisingly lively and modern gay scene. The time when Zurich was known as just a super-clean financial town is long gone. Recently the bars have started staying open until early morning, registered same sex partnership laws were recently voted through by a two thirds majority in a referendum, and the Zurich party scene has a Europe-wide renown following the success of the CSD and the Street Parade (Techno Parade). Zurich's gay scene is traditionally located in Kreis 1 in the old town around Niederdorf Street, east of the Limmat. A broader, more alternative scene is located in Kreis 4, and there is a new development of several dance clubs in a former industrial area in Kreis 5 near the Escher-Wyss square.
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