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Old 11-13-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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Any of smaller California cities, with the exception of maybe Bakersfield and Fresno.
Surprisingly to outsiders who think it is a just conservative city, Fresno has a public and active gay community. Yes there is also a conservative element in the city but Fresno has more diversity in many ways than people hear about.

Fresno's Reel Pride founded in 1990 is one of the oldest GLBT film festivals in California (Sacramento's started after they found out Fresno had one ), one of the oldest gay pride parades in the state, and more.

Fresno Reel Pride
Fresno Rainbow Pride - A Project of Community Link, A GLBT Community Service Organization - Fresno, CA
Central California Alliance
Gay Fresno
Fresno Stonewall Democrats
Welcome to the Imperial Dove Court Fresno/Madera Inc. Website
Golden State Bears of Fresno, CA - Main Page

It may not fit the desires of the OP or others in this thread, but Fresno is also broader than many might realize.
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I think Atlanta makes sense too; it meets your criteria and has the third highest lgbt percentage. There are places in Atlanta like Grant Park and Decatur with a very large and vibrant lgbt populations, while having less exhausing paces of life and better costs of living than the city's top gayborhood: Midtown Atlanta.
One trend I have observed is the migration of the gay community in large number to the suburbs. After all, many of them want just what straight couples are looking for as well...more house for the $, and the bucolic existence that suburban life can offer. Far and away more of my gay friends (granted, most I know are 40+) are living outside the city limits rather than within.
I thought it was interesting when I looked on the C-D list of communities, the suburban Atlanta neighborhood of North Druid Hills (in unincorporated DeKalb County) was ranked as the highest in the metro in terms of same-sex male couples living together as a % of the general population. It was also ranked 10th in the nation.
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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The OP describes is self-described as smart and "hot." This maybe unfair, but I'm not sure pretention is high on the list of things he's trying to avoid.
I AM smart and hot, yet contrary to what aspersions you bitterly jealously cast upon me, I am QUITE nonpretentious. HOOMPH and HAROOOMPH!
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:03 AM
 
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I would like to thank all of the thoughtful and intelligent people who have taken their time to considerately respond to my inquiry. There are many fine cities among your suggestions featuring many compelling reasons for further investigation. While Atlanta and Seattle are wonderful cities, they have become too big for what I am looking for. Plus I would not enjoy the excessive precipitation in Seattle. Since living in LA for almost a decade, I have become a huge fan of a relatively winterless climate. Austin and Palm Springs will be the initial places I will look into more comprehensively. However, Denver, in spite of it's 4 season (and snowy but dry) winter climate, has also piqued my interest.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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I'm not sure about the economy, but Saugatuck Michigan is very cultured and scenic. Though it's a small town, there's a notable gay/lesbian presence there.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I have spent most of my adult life in New York and Los Angeles and I have just about had it with the high cost of living, exhaustive pace of life, competitiveness, pollution, overcrowding, and commitment phobia. I will consider any place in the world where there is a modicum of sophistication, tolerance, and a decent local economy.
Minneapolis.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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It will be impossible to find the combination of excitement and weather of Los Angeles/Orange County. If you are willing to accept a more sedate lifestyle then there are a lot of options. Commitment phobia is everywhere though, especially in the life. Sorry, my observation.
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