Spartacus International Gay Guide
From Albania to Zimbabwe, nearly every nation in the world is included in the "2012-2013 Spartacus International Gay Guide." This super-comprehensive guidebook contains all of the information the gay male traveler needs to make informed choices.
Each country is described, including its laws, customs and treatment of LGBT inhabitants -- and visitors, as well as local gay organizations. All of the major cities have their own sub-section within each country; some of these, such as New York, Berlin and London, could form a nice-sized booklet on their own.
In the more gay-friendly or larger nations, the businesses listed cater primarily to a gay clientele or gay traveler. In other countries and cities, the gay-friendlyest accommodations are listed.
Other categories range from cinema, shows and "blue movies" to escorts and "house of boys," which is pretty much what it sounds like. There’s also a lot about gay-oriented private accommodations, and, yea, cruising spots.
Although the paper is printed on ultra-thin stock, the pages are not see-through. Nevertheless, the book is larger than that ubiquitous traveler’s tome, "Gideon’s Bible." This is mostly because it is so complete; the descriptions themselves are short and use lots of abbreviations.
But it’s also because the book is printed in five languages. English, however, is the fallback language for descriptions. Almost all the ads are in English, which either testifies to its truly becoming a universal language or the wealth of English-language tourists.