Bridget McManus Does Zurich
Name: Bridget McManus
Profession: Comedian/ Host of LOGO's late-night talk show BRUNCH WITH BRIDGET
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Relationship Status: Married
Sexuality: Super Lesbian
What is the best date you ever had in this town? Why?
My wife and I were lucky enough to travel to Zurich to shoot a travel show for LOGO online. We had first class accommodations and a fantastic dinner at the vegetarian restaurant, Hiltl. The ambiance and the vibe of the restaurant was so inviting, and the tremendous smell from the food encircled the inside and outside of the establishment. My wife and I partook of the beautiful buffet, enjoyed a wide selection of Indian food and wine and held hands during dinner. It was a magical night.
What are some of the things you love most about your city/town?
The public transportation and the fact that the locals speak English made my stay very stress-free. There are trains, boats, and trolleys everywhere, but I recommend walking because there are lots of shops and architecture you don't want to miss.
What are some of your least favorite things about it?
The children. I took a boat tour of Lake Zurich and when I got off the boat a group of children were throwing rocks into the water and one hit my head. The child apologized in French and English but from now on I will always wear a helmet while sightseeing.
Are there any famous people from your town?
Some guy named Einstein attended the University of Zurich. I think he was a chef or something...
What are your favorite gay bars and/or dance clubs? What do you like about them?
I met up with some friends at an adorable gay bar called the Cranberry Bar. It was a good mix of gay men and women. The Cranberry Bar has two bars inside, the upstairs bar is livelier and the downstairs bar is more intimate which is perfect for a romantic date.
Where is the best public place for a gay person to make out?
Everywhere. Switzerland is very gay friendly so I felt comfortable getting my gay on and being affectionate in public.
What is the gay community like in your city?
I found the gay community to be fabulous. Switzerland legalized same-sex unions in 2007 and registered partnerships have the same legal standing as marriage as far as next-of-kin status, tax and social security.
Does your town have a LGBT pride celebration?
Zurich hosted EuroPride this year (2009), now that's pretty gay. I didn't get to attend but I wish I had. I heard it was amazing, with over 100,000 attendees.
If you had gay friends visiting from out of town for the first time, what are some "musts" that you'd recommend they see or do?
The coolest and gayest thing I did while is Zurich was devoting a whole day to the Zoo Zurich. I had a private tour of the Zoo's exhibit on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. It was fascinating and very inspiring to see and hear about all the gay species. Just more proof that being gay is not a "choice."
What city (or cities) in America would you most like to visit next, and why? Are there any specific spots there (theaters, nightclubs, historic sites, etc.) that you'd really like to see?
My wife wants to take me to Dollywood. She's southern and insists it's a must-see. In the gay community, seeing Dolly Parton is like seeing the Pope. Do you think the Pope will let me cup her enormous boobs?
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