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Old 10-03-2018, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Hi everyone,

If you're a late 30s single gay white male, who is more conservative (relatively speaking) and is more interested in finding a guy to settle down with, more into watching your favorite sports team play at a bar and going hiking or camping for the weekend, and somewhat geeky and/or socially awkward, which of these cities would you recommend?

I've been to the first three and could see myself decently happy in all of them. I've never been to Seattle, but it seems to be a hot spot that would also fit my personality fairly well.
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Seattle, Denver, DFW, Houston in that order. Seattle seemed to have a pretty active gay scene, and there’s a ton to do in the broader area. Denver is like Seattle, but it’s a less interesting city (not really close to me). Still, the area has endless options for exploration.

Any reason Austin isn’t on your list? Progressive sure, but still plenty of libertarian blood there. More fun than Dallas to Houston, prettier area of Texas, and far more lively and welcoming.
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:07 PM
 
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Seattle, Denver, DFW, Houston in that order. Seattle seemed to have a pretty active gay scene, and there’s a ton to do in the broader area. Denver is like Seattle, but it’s a less interesting city (not really close to me). Still, the area has endless options for exploration.

Any reason Austin isn’t on your list? Progressive sure, but still plenty of libertarian blood there. More fun than Dallas to Houston, prettier area of Texas, and far more lively and welcoming.
The bolded is really debatable, especially for someone in their 30's. Sounds like you haven't spent much time in Dallas. It's definitely lively and welcoming to LGBT. The largest LGBT population in TX resides there and has the MOST vibrant gay scene in TX (Oak Lawn neighborhood). And I can only see Denver over DFW if camping and hiking are top priorities. But for nightlife, larger LGBT pop, etc. no way.
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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The bolded is really debatable, especially for someone in their 30's. Sounds like you haven't spent much time in Dallas. It's definitely lively and welcoming to LGBT. The largest LGBT population in TX resides there and has the MOST vibrant gay scene in TX (Oak Lawn neighborhood). And I can only see Denver over DFW if camping and hiking are top priorities. But for nightlife, larger LGBT pop, etc. no way.
I’ve spent a good amount of time in Dallas, predominantly weekdays downtown, and weekends in Uptown, and in Deep Ellum. It’s just not my style, but I understand the appeal for some. I would not consider it remotely lively, especially for a city of its size. Not ever buzzing during the weekday, and certainly not on the weekends. A few pockets of foot traffic, and people hanging outside the bars is as much action as I ever witnessed. There is definitely a sizable gay scene for sure, maybe even more prevalent than in Denver from my expererience.

As for the camping comment- You can’t honestly tell me that DFW has better camping and hiking than Seattle. Please tell me you’re not saying that. Please?
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Hi everyone,

If you're a late 30s single gay white male, who is more conservative (relatively speaking) and is more interested in finding a guy to settle down with, more into watching your favorite sports team play at a bar and going hiking or camping for the weekend, and somewhat geeky and/or socially awkward, which of these cities would you recommend?

I've been to the first three and could see myself decently happy in all of them. I've never been to Seattle, but it seems to be a hot spot that would also fit my personality fairly well.
So Seattle is certainly not conservative, Denver is purplish. Dallas and Houston may have the balance you seem to be looking for. Not sure either have a hiking or camping scene, no offense Dallasites and Houstonians.


Austin does though, but it's got that silly hipster, screaming liberal vibe. Conservative it is not.
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:00 PM
 
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I’ve spent a good amount of time in Dallas, predominantly weekdays downtown, and weekends in Uptown, and in Deep Ellum. It’s just not my style, but I understand the appeal for some. I would not consider it remotely lively, especially for a city of its size. Not ever buzzing during the weekday, and certainly not on the weekends. A few pockets of foot traffic, and people hanging outside the bars is as much action as I ever witnessed. There is definitely a sizable gay scene for sure, maybe even more prevalent than in Denver from my expererience.

As for the camping comment- You can’t honestly tell me that DFW has better camping and hiking than Seattle. Please tell me you’re not saying that. Please?
It's certainly not as lively nor has the foot traffic of Seattle, but Austin is debatable (which is the only city I was comparing it to, so it's relative). Uptown/Deep Ellum are certainly comparable to the lively spots in Austin and both have changed considerably over the past couple of years (DE is especially packed on weekends). Downtown is still evolving, but it does depend on where you're at. Most of the "buzz" is around Main St or up around Klyde Warren Park. And that's not even including Lower Greenville, Knox St, Oak Lawn (gayborhood), and Bishop Arts. The recent explosion of bikes and now electric scooters has been bringing more people out, that's for sure.

Re: Denver -- I literally said Denver over DFW if camping and hiking are major priorities.
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:02 PM
 
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So Seattle is certainly not conservative, Denver is purplish. Dallas and Houston may have the balance you seem to be looking for. Not sure either have a hiking or camping scene, no offense Dallasites and Houstonians.


Austin does though, but it's got that silly hipster, screaming liberal vibe. Conservative it is not.
I'm a slightly left leaning moderate politically. That being said, I'm probably more conservative than the average LGBTQ+ person. But I mean conservative more from a lifestyle perspective than a political one.

I'm interested in a comparison between the cities I've listed. Austin may be nice, but then people will suggest other cities and I won't be able to get much data out of it.
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Honestly if camping and hiking are very important to you, forget DFW. The camping options within 1-2 hours are lame and the hiking sucks. DFW's best hiking trails would probably be a 3 on a 10-scale if they were in a real outdoorsy city like Denver or Seattle. Plus the weather there is terrible during prime hiking and camping season (May-September/October). Lived in both Denver DFW, and I would never suggest DFW to someone who's really into the outdoors.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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It's certainly not as lively nor has the foot traffic of Seattle, but Austin is debatable (which is the only city I was comparing it to, so it's relative). Uptown/Deep Ellum are certainly comparable to the lively spots in Austin and both have changed considerably over the past couple of years (DE is especially packed on weekends). Downtown is still evolving, but it does depend on where you're at. Most of the "buzz" is around Main St or up around Klyde Warren Park. And that's not even including Lower Greenville, Knox St, Oak Lawn (gayborhood), and Bishop Arts. The recent explosion of bikes and now electric scooters has been bringing more people out, that's for sure.

Re: Denver -- I literally said Denver over DFW if camping and hiking are major priorities.
I know what you said. Disregarding Seattle when you say Denver over DFW if camping and hiking are major priorities either means A. You think Seattle hiking and camping far exceed either, or B. Seattle falls behind the two in that category.

Iím hoping you meant the former as DFW isnít even in the same sphere as Seattle or Denver.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:14 PM
 
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I know what you said. Disregarding Seattle when you say Denver over DFW if camping and hiking are major priorities either means A. You think Seattle hiking and camping far exceed either, or B. Seattle falls behind the two in that category.

Iím hoping you meant the former as DFW isnít even in the same sphere as Seattle or Denver.
Obviously A. No one in their right mind would imply better hiking and camping in DFW over Seattle. And to be fair, I didn't even mention Houston. If we're going by hiking & camping, then this would be the order:

1. Seattle
2. Denver




3. Dallas
4. Houston

*I could possibly see someone preferring Denver over Seattle due to climate preferences. Seattle without a doubt has the best outdoor options when you factor in the proximity to the coast, but it also has a lousy climate. Houston and Dallas would have more favorable winter weather to enjoy being outside in; however, camping is limited and hiking is mediocre at best (or non-existent in Houston's case).
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