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Old 09-17-2017, 03:30 PM
 
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Hi everyone! My wife and I are currently contemplating moving out west!! We currently live in Alabama, and while we've personally never been directly attacked for our lesbian relationship, we also are looking for a town where we can live alongside other LGBT families and their children. I'd like to have other families that look like ours for my kids to grow up around and interact with...not exclusively, just for us to not be such a sore thumb! There are a few states on our short list of places that seem to be the most open / welcoming / accepting, and Colorado is one of them.

We are heading to Colorado in a few weeks to get an in-person look at a few areas, but it'd be great to get some input from locals! What areas are most LGBT welcoming? Is there a place other than Denver? Such as around colorado springs perhaps? Also, this may be a stretch, but does anyone have working knowledge of areas that are LGBT friendly with good schools? Thank you guys in advance for any tips / info you can provide us!!

-Lost in Alabama, looking for hope in Colorado!
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Denver/Boulder are the most liberal areas. Plenty of same sex couples around with kids. There is a large LGBT population in Denver because it is the largest city in a multi state region.

Colorado Springs is much more conservative on the whole, but there are more liberal areas of the town. There is also a significant evangelical presence in Colorado Springs.

What's your budget like and what kind of jobs will you be looking for? Denver obviously has the most career options.

Colorado is much more expensive than Alabama.
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Old 09-17-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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That's a great callout. While our budge will increase some, it won't support living in Denver directly, so that's why we were also looking at some areas outside the city. Colorado Springs, Aurora, even Fort Collins seemed to be places to check out at this point.
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Old 09-17-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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AFA Colorado Springs, Skydog is correct, but the west side & Manitou Springs will be the most open & welcoming. Check the COS board, as there is a recent LGBT thread there with quite a few responses.
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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That's a great callout. While our budge will increase some, it won't support living in Denver directly, so that's why we were also looking at some areas outside the city. Colorado Springs, Aurora, even Fort Collins seemed to be places to check out at this point.
The more specifics you can give us on budget, jobs, and what you want in a home and neighborhood, the more helpful we can be.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:30 AM
 
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Hi everyone! My wife and I are currently contemplating moving out west!! We currently live in Alabama, and while we've personally never been directly attacked for our lesbian relationship, we also are looking for a town where we can live alongside other LGBT families and their children. I'd like to have other families that look like ours for my kids to grow up around and interact with...not exclusively, just for us to not be such a sore thumb! There are a few states on our short list of places that seem to be the most open / welcoming / accepting, and Colorado is one of them.

We are heading to Colorado in a few weeks to get an in-person look at a few areas, but it'd be great to get some input from locals! What areas are most LGBT welcoming? Is there a place other than Denver? Such as around colorado springs perhaps? Also, this may be a stretch, but does anyone have working knowledge of areas that are LGBT friendly with good schools? Thank you guys in advance for any tips / info you can provide us!!

-Lost in Alabama, looking for hope in Colorado!
We are a male gay couple and have been living in and have traveled to every corner of Colorado for several years. In all our travels and time living here, we've had zero issues with being gay and have been readily accepted into our community here in Loveland fully without any issues.

If you're looking for a gay community of sorts, you won't find very active communities outside of the Denver metro area, but I also don't think you will have a problem fitting in or being accepted most anywhere you go. We do not have children, so I can't comment on the schools.

Of greater concern, I'd keep an eye on COS, housing and jobs. Are you in fields, where you can transfer easily? Also, do you have experience with winter weather?
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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Compared to Alabama the problem will be the cost of living instead of being LGBT.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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While Cos does have a very conservative reputation, it is not an inhospitable place to LGBTQ and there are several employers here that offer domestic partnership healthcare coverage, as well as a Pride parade, LGBTQ clubs, and other activities. Is it a hot scene, hardly, but for a family, it may not be too bad. However, location within the city can be a big factor in that acceptance.

As other have said, employment, budget, and housing are the biggest factors within Cos as well as most places within CO, that will need to be evaluated before a move.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I am gay live in pueblo and have never had a issue. In fact i think any city on the front range would be ok so my advise is go where you can get a job.
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