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Old 09-16-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I don't get it. I mean, there's no rhyme or reason as to why an area with a strong college presence should be correlated with gay population. It's just college for crying out loud. And even after gays graduate college, they're still gay as they get older.

An example would be New Haven, CT. It's less populated than other places, yet it has a higher gay population, because of colleges. WHY?!
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Because college towns and cities tend to be more gay friendly. But it does depend on the school. Places like Starkville, MS or Tuscaloosa, AL are not as gay friendly as Ann Arbor or Madison.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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Most college towns I have seen have trended to be highly educated, more tolerant and an open minded population. There seems to be less religion getting in the way of people thinking about life and priorities.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:30 PM
 
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Most college towns I have seen have trended to be highly educated, more tolerant and an open minded population. There seems to be less religion getting in the way of people thinking about life and priorities.
I don't know, I find that colleges can be totalitarian in their own way. And I'm saying this as a very liberal guy.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Maybe it's more of a stereotype than a reality. According to data here on C-D, gay males make up only 0.4% of households in Ann Arbor, and lesbians only make up 0.6%. I mean, those numbers are comparable to most of the small, more conservative towns around here (I live 20 minutes from Ann Arbor). Also, our daughter is a student at U of M Ann Arbor so I'm there quite often and the vast majority of couples you see out and about are straight.

I have heard it said that AA is much more conservative than people think. Maybe there's some truth to that.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:56 PM
 
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Maybe it's more of a stereotype than a reality. According to data here on C-D, gay males make up only 0.4% of households in Ann Arbor, and lesbians only make up 0.6%. I mean, those numbers are comparable to most of the small, more conservative towns around here (I live 20 minutes from Ann Arbor). Also, our daughter is a student at U of M Ann Arbor so I'm there quite often and the vast majority of couples you see out and about are straight.

I have heard it said that AA is much more conservative than people think. Maybe there's some truth to that.
As a gay dude who has adopted Michigan as home I don't know that I agree with this. Ann Arbor definitely has a higher proportion of gays. It's not a gay bastion, but most cities aren't. Those numbers you state I have to think are low, it's hard to get a good handle on actual statistics of the gay population because there are quite a few who when asked won't self identify as gay to a complete stanger.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:59 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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More gay people in younger generations who are not afraid to flaunt it... not that its a bad thing, kind of cool how they feel comfortable.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:29 PM
 
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I don't get it. I mean, there's no rhyme or reason as to why an area with a strong college presence should be correlated with gay population. It's just college for crying out loud. And even after gays graduate college, they're still gay as they get older.

An example would be New Haven, CT. It's less populated than other places, yet it has a higher gay population, because of colleges. WHY?!
Are you serious? I mean is this really a serious post... You must be from somewhere very conservative. I have never even heard somebody TALK this way let alone ask such a question. Let me ask you this.. why are there so many blondes in California? I mean, even after they leave California, they're still blonde. Wait.. It doesn't matter... at all. Just like who people are attracted to doesn't matter.. at all. I suggest you travel a little and experience cultures that are much more open minded than your own, because in order to seriously ask a question like this, you must be living a very sheltered life.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Weehawken
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Is it really that hard to understand?
Being gay in a small town is a struggle for a plethora of reasons and it's already common for gays to get out of their small town and run to a big, liberal city like NYC or SF... Running to a college town is just another common option. Why the hell would they want to go to your typical, main st america town that doesn't cater at all to their lifestyle?
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:39 PM
 
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Are you serious? I mean is this really a serious post... You must be from somewhere very conservative. I have never even heard somebody TALK this way let alone ask such a question. Let me ask you this.. why are there so many blondes in California? I mean, even after they leave California, they're still blonde. Wait.. It doesn't matter... at all. Just like who people are attracted to doesn't matter.. at all. I suggest you travel a little and experience cultures that are much more open minded than your own, because in order to seriously ask a question like this, you must be living a very sheltered life.

Is this your first nep thread?
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