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Old 12-04-2008, 07:24 PM
Location: Hudson County NJ
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My two cousins are going to move to Denver, CO for business. One is a lesbian woman and the other is a gay man. Both of them want a lively artsy scene and a hip and happeaning area like most cities have (i.e. similar to Provincetown MA, Greenwhich village, northtown Chicago, San fran. etc)
After the readings about denver being a little quiet & boring, they have been slightly discouraged. Also most large cities are pretty gay exepting (of course youll always have your occasional predujism) How is Denver for the gay community?

I checked the weather tonight and the temperature was 18 and tommorow the weather is suppose to be 45! Why such a wide ranged weather pattern? I also here about thunderstorms & snowstorms at the same time...

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:00 PM
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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The gay community in Denver is large and very well accepted. Nothing is like the Castro is San Francisco or Greenwich Village in NYC but Denver's gay community is light years beyond large cities like Phoenix and Houston. Much of this had to do with attacks by the religious right in the past, they only made the gay community stronger. Our Pride celebration is the largest in the southwest. This has changed since the late 80's/early 90's, as it has in much of the country. The burbs and south of Denver are still bible belt oriented, but not Denver. Though he does not make being gay part of his platform, we do have an out congressman - Jared Polis for Congress

We have close to 30 gay nightclubs/bars, which cater to all types and many restaurants and gay owned businesses. We have the national franchises like Hamburger Mary's, Charlie's (same as the country bar in Phoenix and Chicago) and J.R.'s, similar to those in the western cities, and the Eagle, like that in the east. Capitol Hill is the "gayborhood" and Stapleton is often referred to as Gaypleton. Capitol Hill for the younger or those working downtown, Stapleton for those who want larger homes or have children. Check out the Outfront Out Front Colorado - Colorado's Largest GLBT Publication which is the gay rag, similar to HX in NYC, www.Westword.com is like the Village Voice for the arts and entertainment. DCPA (Denver Center for Performing Arts) The Denver Center For Performing Arts : Welcome is the second largest performing arts complex after Lincoln Center in NYC. Check out the Santa Fe Arts District The Art District on Santa Fe - Denver, Colorado for the 40 galleries it has selling local and internation art. Denver is not boring with respect to gay culture and the arts. We host or have hosted the IGRA (gay rodeo), International Cloggers, GALA Chorus, IGVA volleyball and ICRCM coronations.

Some other websites -
Welcome to GayDenver!
Gay Denver Guide - Gay Bars & Clubs, Hotels, Reviews and Maps - GayCities Denver
Rocky Mountain Arts Association

The weather really is not that bad. We do see the four season and the temps can jump from one extreme to another, but you never get bored with it. Lately, every three or four years we get dumped on with large amounts of snow, every 10 years we can get a massive hail storm in the summer, temps can be as hot as 104 in the summer for a day or two or below zero for a few days in the winter. We rarely stay in the extremes for long. Denver summers are really hard to beat as the temps are usually perfect. Winter is winter and can be like today in the low 20s or we could get into the 70s. The weather is often a reason folks move here as winters back east and in the mid-west are much worse, and we don't get the humidity like you do in the south. Some think it is too dry and hate that.

Sadly, way too many of those who post here either don't live in Denver or are bitter and have moved or plan to move. I travel very often all over the country and like the pace of Denver and what it has to offer. Cost of living in the gay meccas' is more then double the gay areas of Denver and are often more crime ridden like West Hollywood or Boystown, Chicago.

What business will your counsins be working in, industry?
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