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?
|by Anonymous||reply 87||Last Thursday at 6:51 AM|
Des Moines, IA is much more gay-friendly than you might expect.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/29/2020|
Iowa? Is that where the wiiiiiind comes sweeping down the plain?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/29/2020|
R1 I’ve heard that Des Moines is a pretty awesome city overall.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/29/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 11||06/29/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 13||06/29/2020|
Iowa people are so much friendlier than Indiana ones. As a Chicagoan, I'd rather live in Des Moines than Indiannapolis.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/29/2020|
R15 Sorry to generalize but that whole region of Indiana-Ohio-Michigan-Pennsylvania produces a lot of trash people.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/29/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/29/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||06/29/2020|
Any places in Alaska that are gay-friendly?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/29/2020|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/29/2020|
R16 but....but...but Petey is from Indiana. He’s divine.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/30/2020|
R22, I've driven through Kansas City and it seems like a cool city.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/30/2020|
Bump-Ass Hell, CA (Lassen County)
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/30/2020|
I think most big cities, even in Red America, are relatively gay friendly.
I was shocked that Nashville is.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/30/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 27||06/30/2020|
Any town named "Bum Fuck" sounds pretty friendly.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/30/2020|
Dunedin, FL. We live here, and its more inclusive than Chelsea in the 90s when we lived there.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/30/2020|
Asheville is renowned as a gay Mecca
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/30/2020|
Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso. (Austin is already known as hippie liberal)
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/30/2020|
Madison has had a liberal reputation for decades, being a college-town and all...
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/30/2020|
Another vote for some place else besides Indiana.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||06/30/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 36||06/30/2020|
Surprised someone hasn’t mentioned Nashville...very liberal, very gay friendly
|by Anonymous||reply 38||06/30/2020|
Bangor, ME had a big old rainbow flag up downtown and Pride was a week or two before.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||06/30/2020|
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 Anonymous||reply 42||06/30/2020|
Houston, TX - big ol gay town. I go there for work often (or used to, pre-COVID19 crap) .
|by Anonymous||reply 43||06/30/2020|
Mobile, AL and Savannah, GA
|by Anonymous||reply 44||06/30/2020|
r43 Honey I have had dick every color of the rainbow in Houston. Good looking men attached to them, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||06/30/2020|
The Republican Convention. Outwardly homophobic, privately crawling with 'mos
|by Anonymous||reply 47||06/30/2020|
R31, Asheville is crazy lesbian central. They check the size of your clitoris at the city limits before admitting you.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||06/30/2020|
Salt Lake City ranking among the nation's most gay-friendly cities completely shocked me.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||06/30/2020|
R49, why does it surprise you that Christians are friendly?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||06/30/2020|
Mormons aren’t Christians
|by Anonymous||reply 51||06/30/2020|
Albuquerque is Lesbian Shangri-La.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||06/30/2020|
Umm, R51, yes we are. You Catholic bigot.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/30/2020|
R56, at least my God has a plan.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||06/30/2020|
R57, if this is God's plan, I'll pass.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||06/30/2020|
Spartanburg, SC, which is getting Asheville spillover.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||06/30/2020|
Greenville, maybe. But Spartanburg? Really?
|by Anonymous||reply 60||Last Wednesday at 1:26 AM|
Mexico City and to a lesser extent Guadalajara.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||Last Wednesday at 2:02 AM|
Istanbul, Beirut, Bahrain
|by Anonymous||reply 62||Last Wednesday at 2:14 AM|
Madison WI. Great place to grow up in and come out in,
|by Anonymous||reply 63||Last Wednesday at 2:15 AM|
R57 does your invisible friend talk to you?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||Last Wednesday at 2:22 AM|
Girls, girls, both of your fairy tales about a rage-filled, thunder hurling, sky pal with bad aim are equally batshit crazy.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||Last Wednesday at 3:04 AM|
It's all in the colleges, r60. Consider the colleges in Greenville (Bob Jones?) Vs Spartanburg.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||Last Wednesday at 6:44 AM|
Are gay men flocking to Wofford U? And lesbians to Converse (not new)?
|by Anonymous||reply 68||Last Wednesday at 7:20 AM|
Greenville is charming, Spartanburg is not
|by Anonymous||reply 69||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 70||Last Wednesday at 7:45 AM|
R70 - not to derail this topic - but where would you recommend traveling in Ireland?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||Last Wednesday at 8:48 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 Anonymous||reply 74||Last Wednesday at 8:58 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 Anonymous||reply 76||Last Wednesday at 9:12 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.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||Last Wednesday at 4:53 PM|
R29? Watch out for the sinkholes!
|by Anonymous||reply 79||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 80||Last Wednesday at 5:58 PM|
Someone mentioned Eureka Springs, AR, and Hot Springs is supposed to be as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||Last Wednesday at 6:11 PM|
Long Beach, Ca, We even have an out gat mayor, about 50,000 of us gays live here.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||Last Wednesday at 8:13 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 Anonymous||reply 87||Last Thursday at 6:51 AM|