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Places that are more liberal or LGBTQ friendly than you'd think they are...

This thread is the inverse of the other thread about places that are more conservative than you'd expect.

Are there any cities or towns that most would think would be very conservative but really aren't? Or are there any towns or cities that are much more gay-friendly than you'd first guess?

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by Anonymousreply 87Last Thursday at 6:51 AM

Des Moines, IA is much more gay-friendly than you might expect.

by Anonymousreply 106/29/2020

Iowa? Is that where the wiiiiiind comes sweeping down the plain?

by Anonymousreply 206/29/2020

Breckenridge, Colorado

by Anonymousreply 306/29/2020

R1 I’ve heard that Des Moines is a pretty awesome city overall.

by Anonymousreply 406/29/2020

That’s Oklahoma, Rose,

by Anonymousreply 506/29/2020

Virginia suburbs of DC

by Anonymousreply 606/29/2020

Virginia suburbs of DC

by Anonymousreply 706/29/2020

Virginia suburbs of DC

by Anonymousreply 806/29/2020

Salt Lake City!

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by Anonymousreply 1006/29/2020

I've always assumed that Hell is a lot more liberal and LGB friendly than we'd all think it is.

I mean, they've been telling us for a couple millennia that all the gays are going, so we must be a huge power block by now with a lot of very smart people from da Vinci to Alexander the Great to Michelangelo. I mean the place must be lousy with fabulous paintings, music, movies, sculpture, and an overall vibrant art and literature scene.

by Anonymousreply 1106/29/2020

Oklahoma City

by Anonymousreply 1206/29/2020

Native Iowan here (although haven't lived there since college). The cities in Iowa are fine...but watch out for the rural parts. It was the fine rural folks in northwest Iowa who reelected the odious Steve King two years ago with more than 60% of the vote (and that was diluted by thousands of liberal voters from Ames, so the rural portion skews even more King-y). Des Moines has become more fun and gay-friendly in recent years. The East Village area has some fun bars, restaurants, shops, etc.

by Anonymousreply 1306/29/2020

Eureka Springs, AR

by Anonymousreply 1406/29/2020

Iowa people are so much friendlier than Indiana ones. As a Chicagoan, I'd rather live in Des Moines than Indiannapolis.

by Anonymousreply 1506/29/2020

R15 Sorry to generalize but that whole region of Indiana-Ohio-Michigan-Pennsylvania produces a lot of trash people.

by Anonymousreply 1606/29/2020

Intercourse, Pennsylvania

by Anonymousreply 1706/29/2020

R16, Don't feel bad about generalizing, it's true. Indiana is the worst of all the ones listed though. Indiana, more so than other places, attracted racist Southerners and the KKK in large numbers. It explains a LOT about the state. Not to say the surrounding states are utopias by any means, but they are compared to Indiana.

by Anonymousreply 1806/29/2020

Any places in Alaska that are gay-friendly?

by Anonymousreply 1906/29/2020

San Francisco - I knew it would be tolerant and accepting of gays. I never believed it would allow them to fist each other in the streets, but they do.

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by Anonymousreply 2006/29/2020

R16 but....but...but Petey is from Indiana. He’s divine.

by Anonymousreply 2106/30/2020

Kansas City, MO

by Anonymousreply 2206/30/2020

R22, I've driven through Kansas City and it seems like a cool city.

by Anonymousreply 2306/30/2020

Bump-Ass Hell, CA (Lassen County)

by Anonymousreply 2406/30/2020

Louisville, KY

by Anonymousreply 2506/30/2020

I think most big cities, even in Red America, are relatively gay friendly.

I was shocked that Nashville is.

by Anonymousreply 2606/30/2020

R23, it has a large swath that is pretty dicey. Murder rate approaches Chicago levels, but you don't hear about it much, because it is itself eclipsed by its uglier, bitchier, older hag sister St. Louis.

by Anonymousreply 2706/30/2020

Any town named "Bum Fuck" sounds pretty friendly.

by Anonymousreply 2806/30/2020

Dunedin, FL. We live here, and its more inclusive than Chelsea in the 90s when we lived there.

by Anonymousreply 2906/30/2020

Asheville, NC

by Anonymousreply 3006/30/2020

Asheville is renowned as a gay Mecca

by Anonymousreply 3106/30/2020

Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso. (Austin is already known as hippie liberal)

by Anonymousreply 3206/30/2020

Madison, WI

by Anonymousreply 3306/30/2020

Madison has had a liberal reputation for decades, being a college-town and all...

by Anonymousreply 3406/30/2020

Another vote for some place else besides Indiana.

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by Anonymousreply 3506/30/2020

North Carolina's Research Triangle region, which includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, has long been a liberal oasis in the state (along with Asheville).

At Home with Amy Sedaris is set there and is full of inside jokes as Amy grew up in Raleigh.

by Anonymousreply 3606/30/2020

Gabon is trying...

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by Anonymousreply 3706/30/2020

Surprised someone hasn’t mentioned Nashville...very liberal, very gay friendly

by Anonymousreply 3806/30/2020

R38, see r26.

by Anonymousreply 3906/30/2020

Bangor, ME had a big old rainbow flag up downtown and Pride was a week or two before.

by Anonymousreply 4006/30/2020

St. Olaf, MN

by Anonymousreply 4106/30/2020

Ugh, just because the gays and libs in a town put on a parade does not mean its a liberal city/town. There are conservatives and liberals in every city/suburb/town etc.

by Anonymousreply 4206/30/2020

Houston, TX - big ol gay town. I go there for work often (or used to, pre-COVID19 crap) .

by Anonymousreply 4306/30/2020

Mobile, AL and Savannah, GA

by Anonymousreply 4406/30/2020

r43 Honey I have had dick every color of the rainbow in Houston. Good looking men attached to them, too.

by Anonymousreply 4506/30/2020

Dique-Suq, Quebec

by Anonymousreply 4606/30/2020

The Republican Convention. Outwardly homophobic, privately crawling with 'mos

by Anonymousreply 4706/30/2020

R31, Asheville is crazy lesbian central. They check the size of your clitoris at the city limits before admitting you.

by Anonymousreply 4806/30/2020

Salt Lake City ranking among the nation's most gay-friendly cities completely shocked me.

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by Anonymousreply 4906/30/2020

R49, why does it surprise you that Christians are friendly?

by Anonymousreply 5006/30/2020

Mormons aren’t Christians

by Anonymousreply 5106/30/2020

Albuquerque is Lesbian Shangri-La.

by Anonymousreply 5206/30/2020

I second Louisville.

by Anonymousreply 5306/30/2020

Kansas City, apparently?

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by Anonymousreply 5406/30/2020

I'm going to Kansas City

Kansas City here I cum

by Anonymousreply 5506/30/2020

Umm, R51, yes we are. You Catholic bigot.

by Anonymousreply 5606/30/2020

R56, at least my God has a plan.

by Anonymousreply 5706/30/2020

R57, if this is God's plan, I'll pass.

by Anonymousreply 5806/30/2020

Spartanburg, SC, which is getting Asheville spillover.

by Anonymousreply 5906/30/2020

Greenville, maybe. But Spartanburg? Really?

by Anonymousreply 60Last Wednesday at 1:26 AM

Mexico City and to a lesser extent Guadalajara.

by Anonymousreply 61Last Wednesday at 2:02 AM

Istanbul, Beirut, Bahrain

by Anonymousreply 62Last Wednesday at 2:14 AM

Madison WI. Great place to grow up in and come out in,

by Anonymousreply 63Last Wednesday at 2:15 AM

R57 does your invisible friend talk to you?

by Anonymousreply 64Last Wednesday at 2:22 AM

My parlor

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by Anonymousreply 65Last Wednesday at 2:34 AM

Girls, girls, both of your fairy tales about a rage-filled, thunder hurling, sky pal with bad aim are equally batshit crazy.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Wednesday at 3:04 AM

It's all in the colleges, r60. Consider the colleges in Greenville (Bob Jones?) Vs Spartanburg.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Wednesday at 6:44 AM

Are gay men flocking to Wofford U? And lesbians to Converse (not new)?

by Anonymousreply 68Last Wednesday at 7:20 AM

Greenville is charming, Spartanburg is not

by Anonymousreply 69Last Wednesday at 7:37 AM

Ireland was not just gay friendly but decidedly queer in unexpected places far from Dublin. Saw same sex PDAs, blatant gay male cruising, and obvious gay people interacting everywhere with complete normalcy, even in rural areas. This was 4 years ago. The people really are very nice. My husband and I traveled as a married couple and no one batted an eye.

by Anonymousreply 70Last Wednesday at 7:45 AM

R70 - not to derail this topic - but where would you recommend traveling in Ireland?

by Anonymousreply 71Last Wednesday at 8:48 AM


by Anonymousreply 72Last Wednesday at 8:54 AM

Allentown Pa.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Wednesday at 8:58 AM

On the other side of the coin , Woodstock ,Ga is the LEAST GAY FRIENDLY place , I've ever been . I'm older in my Mid Fifties . There's a local Mexican Restaurant where I've been called MF , Whitey , snowflake , Faggot . Been coughed on, spit on , and almost physically attacked. '

by Anonymousreply 74Last Wednesday at 8:58 AM

Why do you go back?

by Anonymousreply 75Last Wednesday at 9:02 AM

R75 , I had one incident there 1 year ago , stopped going there for a year . When places started to reopen , I went back several times with no problem . I was in there about a month ago , a man with no mask coughed in my direction . I asked him to please step back and cover his mouth . All hell broke loose with the Trumptards . WILL NEVER GO BACK .

by Anonymousreply 76Last Wednesday at 9:12 AM


by Anonymousreply 77Last Wednesday at 9:49 AM

[quote] [R49], why does it surprise you that Christians are friendly?

R50 things like this, while these Christians are extreme, there are plenty of Christians who are very much like this.

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by Anonymousreply 78Last Wednesday at 4:53 PM

R29? Watch out for the sinkholes!

by Anonymousreply 79Last Wednesday at 4:59 PM

[quote] [R16], Don't feel bad about generalizing, it's true. Indiana is the worst of all the ones listed though. Indiana, more so than other places, attracted racist Southerners and the KKK in large numbers. It explains a LOT about the state. Not to say the surrounding states are utopias by any means, but they are compared to Indiana.

R18, I was born in the Midwest and have lived in many states there. Indiana I found to be shockingly backward.....and unfortunately, ignorant.

I lived in Kentucky (doesn’t know what category it falls in: South? Midwest? No Man’s Land?) as well for my first job, and even though I found it to be difficult; it was surprisingly easier than Indiana.

I have family in Indy who are deep on the Trump/Pence train. I avoid them at all costs although it’s challenging when they show up on the doorstep here in beachy SoCal unannounced.

by Anonymousreply 80Last Wednesday at 5:58 PM

Someone mentioned Eureka Springs, AR, and Hot Springs is supposed to be as well.

by Anonymousreply 81Last Wednesday at 6:11 PM

Methuen, Massachusetts

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by Anonymousreply 83Last Wednesday at 8:08 PM

Long Beach, Ca, We even have an out gat mayor, about 50,000 of us gays live here.

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by Anonymousreply 86Last Wednesday at 8:39 PM

Madison and Maplewood, NJ. It's surprising because these towns are surrounded by several very conservative (yet very beautiful) towns; e.g. Millburn, Summit, etc.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Thursday at 6:51 AM
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