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Old 06-14-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Hello, all,

I've perused the relocation threads via search, but haven't quite found one that gives me the information I'm looking for - perhaps you can help.

I am a 40 year old gay male who is going to commute to Oxford, but wants the comforts of the city. Since I'm going to Miami as a student, I have limited income and looking for rent in the $400-$800 range/month.

I want safe, affordable, and close to a good grocery store. I don't have to be in a gayberhood, but don't want to be in a homophobic area either. I just want a friendly area where I won't be bothered or hassled. I want a commute under an hour. A preference is to have decent access to explicitedly gay-friendly retail and eating areas from time to time, so I don't want to get too far out like, say, Hamilton, if I can help it.

I've been directed to West Chester, Sharonville, and Mason so far. And one suggestion for Clifton, but I've seen on here that it may not be a particularly safe area(?). Other help or suggestions.

Many thanks in advance!
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:06 AM
 
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clifton gaslights area most closely provides what you are looking for. you should be able to find something modest in your price range. it is safe, there is an IGA right there (though it is somewhat expensive) and a three minute drive to northside, which is probably the most gay-friendly neighborhood in the city. i think hyde park and the east side neighborhoods will make for a lousy commute, having to get across the city every morning.

clifton gaslight area is quite safe, i don't foresee any problems there. people in the greater cincinnati area who don't know the city can be confused about what clifton is. to most people who don't know the city, 'clifton' is anything around the university, including some dicey areas.

west chester, sharonville, and mason are all nice, but you might as well live near oxford for all the city flair you'll get in those places.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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thanks very much for your help!
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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My boyfriend works in Mason/Deerfield and his restaurant has several gay managers and employees. Many gay and lesbian people frequent the establishment comfortably, and a customer even got thrown out for saying "f*****". I'm not sure if this is the overall vibe of the area though--Butler County is hugely conservative and I don't see why Warren County would be any different. It's all suburbia out here and you know how that generally goes.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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Thanks, Westchester for that information.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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Oh, I think this whole discussion is a bit silly. This is 2010, not 1932. I have not heard any significant gay bashing since I was in high school 45 years ago. Sure, if you find a trailer park on the outskirts of Hamilton, or a predominately black neighborhood (where they seem to make victimizing gay males a sport), you won't find any problem anywhere.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:05 AM
 
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Wilson, I'm not sure what you think is silly about the discussion--if the silliness is gay-bashing, nobody mentioned that except you. I can only assume you're referring to the OP's comment that "A preference is to have decent access to explicitedly gay-friendly retail and eating areas from time to time..." Everybody has different interests and priorities, and being dismissive on a discussion board like this really doesn't accomplish anything.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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Wilson, I'm not sure what you think is silly about the discussion--if the silliness is gay-bashing, nobody mentioned that except you. I can only assume you're referring to the OP's comment that "A preference is to have decent access to explicitedly gay-friendly retail and eating areas from time to time..." Everybody has different interests and priorities, and being dismissive on a discussion board like this really doesn't accomplish anything.
Well, you have to read the thread. You will see that many posters identifed areas as gay friendly or not and my point is that I have never seen any reasonable area that is not gay friendly. That issue is so much a thing of the past.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:10 PM
 
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wilson - why don't you tell us what is "significant gay bashing"
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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wilson - why don't you tell us what is "significant gay bashing"
Geee, I think my point was that I hadn't heard any. Are you asking what I didn't hear?

Why don't you tell us what you think about gay bashing - you sound like you have something to say on this point.
In fact, I think you were one of the people who differentiated a neighborhood as "gay friendly." Am I wrong? What is "gay friendly?"
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