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Old 05-04-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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My partner and I want to relocate to Portland OR or a city where it is more gay, lesbain and trans friendly. I would like to have any suggestions. We have lived here for awhile. I have lived here for ten years. She her whole life but when she was in the Navy. I want to be in a city life and also have the ideal area of dog friendly place and gay and lesbian and trans lifestyle. It is hard not to be able to honest with people here. So any suggestions?
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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I'm from Oregon and while Portland is ok, I'd say that Eugene might be a much better fit for you.
Eugene has a rather large gay community and a very liberal political leaning.
If I were gay, that's where I would go in Oregon but since I'm not, it's Arizona for me. I like the sunshine.
If you would enjoy a small town setting, check out Yachats. It's very small, percentage wise it has a huge gay population and it's set in an absolutely beautiful setting right on the beach on the central Oregon coast.
Personally, I didn't like Portland. Every street is one way and it always seemed it was going the wrong way, it is somewhat dirty, the road system is in horrible shape but the last straw for me was the weather. Be prepared that anywhere in Oregon west of the Cascades, it's going to rain from roughly early September through late May or June. Sometimes even into July. If it isn't raining, it's going to rain soon. The skies are almost always gloomy and it's very cool. Not really cold most of the time but very cool.
Beautiful area though if you can live with the weather.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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Oregon sounds like a great place for you folks.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:31 PM
 
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GLBT-friendly and dog-friendly spots are easy enough to find. What you want, in essence, is a college town. But a lot of them, like say, Ashland, OR, Davis, CA, Santa Cruz or Santa Fe, NM would be difficult places to find work, and the cost of living may be quite high. Portland and Eugene are good suggestions if you think you could deal with the winters there (and you might still look a long time for anything other than casual work there). Certainly any place around the Bay Area of CA or WA's Puget Sound would be a good bet.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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I would head to a city with the qualities you're looking for plus a lower cost of living, better job opportunities and where people aren't packing up and moving to left and right (like Portland). Check out cities like Minneapolis or Madison, Wisconsin.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Atlanta is gay friendly and dog friendly. I constantly see gay people walking their dogs around Piedmont Park and around the Midtown area. You might even like the Virginia Highlands area too.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Depends on what you want.....the most gay friendly cities...well some of them, according to my gay friends would include..San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, etc.

Portland is a great city, but I'm sure people could provide other suggestions if you gave some requirements on living/budget/etc.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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My partner and I want to relocate to Portland OR or a city where it is more gay, lesbian and trans friendly. I would like to have any suggestions. We have lived here for awhile. I have lived here for ten years. She her whole life but when she was in the Navy. I want to be in a city life and also have the ideal area of dog friendly place and gay and lesbian and trans lifestyle. It is hard not to be able to honest with people here. So any suggestions?
Do you mind my asking, "Where is here?" The reason is I live in Portland and I was wanting to make a comparison with Portland and where you are living now.

Portland is definitely GLBT friendly but it is not an easy place to make a living unless you have some specialized skills or know people with whom you can network for jobs. The cost of living is also high and rental vacancy rates very low.

I am not trying to discourage you, it's just that you didn't say much more about your situation and you need to know these things and whether or not they may influence you in your decision to make a relocation move.

If these things will not be an obstacle then I think you will like Portland a lot. If they will be, I am sure there are many places in the US where you will be welcome and will not have to hide who you are.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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If you don't mind smaller cities/college towns, look into Ann Arbor MI, Ithaca NY, Burlington VT and Amherst/Northampton MA, among others that are similar.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Cambridge, MA is a very gay, dog friendly city. Its very liberal and lots to do.
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