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Old 12-31-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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If a gay or lesbian person wants to live in Boston, which neighborhoods are the most gay and lesbian friendly? And I'm wanting to know about both the city of Boston proper, and the surrounding suburbs.
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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South End .
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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Parts of Dorchester (Jones Hill, Savin Hill). Jamaica Plain,Davis Square, the South End and most of Cambridger immediately come to mind. I think it's more rare to have neighborhoods where a same sex couple would face problems than not, though. It's not like same-sex couple eating dinner in the Back Bay is going to elicit many looks, even though the neighborhood may not be historically gay (for example).
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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Farther out from Boston, the "artsy" seaside town of Rockport and west suburban Maynard also have a progressive inclination although ethnic/racial diversity is lacking. Same-sex-oriented women tend to gravitate beyond the city limits more often than the men do. Perhaps it's innate maternal instincts at work (lol.) The South End is hardly a place I'd label a lesbian Mecca, for instance, but Jamaica Plain - on the outer fringe of the city - definitely is.
Historically, and to a lesser extent today, the more INtolerant region around Boston (relatively speaking; this is Massachusetts) is south of town. The majority of people who fled demographic transitions during the '60s and citywide school busing during the '70s "beat feet" to Quincy and beyond. They abandoned their old neighborhoods but kept their attitudes with them. As time goes on, though, all but the most hard-core hateful have grown more tolerant if not warmly accepting. As has already been stated, the places where any major problems would occur are rare. And when they do occur, as often as not it's in one of the "gayborhoods" because those of ill will like to go where targets are easily found.
What makes a difference, OP, is what your perspective is towards living among a BLG majority as opposed to being in a location where you're outnumbered but woven comfortably into the community fabric.
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Roslindale has a burgeoning LGBT community, mostly expatriates who have been priced out of places like JP and the South End. It's a nice area, too, if you have a car or can get a place that's close to the commuter rail station.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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For those still unaware, the South End is less and less the residence of gay males; it's mainly professionals now woth some minorities and housing project inhabitants.

Sure, a few bars remain along woith many gay-friendly businesses/restaurants, but many have moved out. It's very costly there. Some have moved to parts of Dorchester in recent years, as stated.

I constantly hear about the gay male influx to Southie, but I don't notice it in big numbers.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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For those still unaware, the South End is less and less the residence of gay males; it's mainly professionals now woth some minorities and housing project inhabitants.

Sure, a few bars remain along woith many gay-friendly businesses/restaurants, but many have moved out. It's very costly there.
Yeah, the South End has surpassed even the Back Bay in desirability. Even the area between Harrison and Albany.

Funny that a little over thirty years ago it was considered one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. My family in FIELDS CORNER used to warn us to stay out of there when we were kids lol.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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Most suburbs around here in the Metrowest are most welcoming.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:18 PM
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Most suburbs around here in the Metrowest are most welcoming.
True. But not so much welcoming as treating gays and lesbians living in their neighborhoods as no big deal and without any hostility. I just don't think that there are any areas that are trying to encourage gays and lesbians to live there.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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It's not an area that seems to be actively seeking any particular group, it's just pretty laid back & welcoming, at least where we are.
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