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Old 06-11-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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I don't think or rather I would like to think that being gay wouldn't make a difference unless you move to a redneck town or to a place where the majority of people have a holier than thou attitude. I haven't seen that in NM. Most don't care. It's more of a "live and let live" attitude.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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I'm from Elkins, I didn't think it was too bad. My boy friend and I go back there on my breaks from college and pretty much all my friends and everyone at parties we go to know we're gay, and its no big deal. I've never heard of violence towards gays either in Elkins.
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:32 AM
 
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I think if anything, you could live in Huntington...pretty progressive. I don' t many if any suburbs of NYC have a booming gay crowd. If you want a more quite life, you can live close, near a train, and go into the city for some things. If you want to be in the mix and be around mostly gay people, then off to the city, I would think.
Huntington may be a good suggestion. Just recently, they had the "Pride parade" on Main street. I took notice of it b/c I said to myself, that is the only time I have seen something geared towards gay and lesbian in LI.

I have friends who are a gay couple, they live in Great Neck, own a beautiful house, etc. Their neighbors have no issues with them, they are just a couple who have a nice house and are respectful wonderful neighbors. I think you can be accepted anywhere or run into trouble anywhere, its just luck to some extent with "neigbors".

Good luck
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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Your kidding right... Vermont was the state that made national news when it came up with legal civil unions for gays.
Vermont Secretary of State - Civil Unions (http://www.sec.state.vt.us/otherprg/civilunions/civilunions.html - broken link)

I would assume that every gay organization, newsletter, website has Vermont near the top of the list for states that are accepting of alternative lifestyles.

Use your google and I think you find this to be true.
"accepting of alternative lifestyles" (?)

It's true I suppose - some of my best friends are conservatives...
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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Just my 2 cents

All of New England is tolerant; compared to other regions of the country it is screaming liberal. New Hampshire just passed a civil unions law, Rhode Island will likely pass gay marriage law, and Connecticut next (we already have civil unions).

Vermont has perhaps- the most 'alternative' everything in New England ; from organics, to medicine, to meditation to -well you name it- they have it.

If coming from the Bay area- you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the state. The winters can be brutal however. With southern Vermont (including Brattleboro being the mildest)

I like Brattleboro- its very liberal and has a nice downtown, with an urban feel that backs up to mountains. It has a great food co op- and many fine restaurants, and upscale bars, arts venues, theater groups and museums- not bad for a town of just over 12,000.

Plus it is close to the very liberal scene in the Pioneer valley in Western Massachusetts around Northampton.

Visit Vermont- and check out the other New England states- they offer much.
PM for info regarding gay friendly CT. CT is closer to major urban centers- and has a milder climate you could more easily adapt to.
And it is very liberal.
Great post as always Skytrekker.

I'd add 2 things -

First, Is Brattleboro really less cold than Burlington? The Lake Effect moderates our weather here a great deal.
Also - Montreal is a pretty happening "major urban center" and it's a scenic drive of well under 2 hours.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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Chaz

Re: Burlington and Brattleboro on climates
They are both rated zone 5 according to the Abor foundation and the USDA.
However, the zone 6 line is right over the border in Massachusetts- very close to Brattleboro. While the zone 4 lies just to the east of Burlington once you get away from the moderating influence of the Lake. I would give the edge to Brattleboro- since just to the south the entire Pioneer valley is rated a zone 6.

Also thanks for the compliments-!
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:01 PM
 
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You should check out the NJ areas right across from NYC -- Guttenberg, West New York, North Bergen, Edgewater -- especially the luxury buildings like The Galaxy, Rivera Towers, Summit House, etc -- which have amazing GFLAG (Friends of Lesbians & Gays) community programs. You are 15 minutes from Manhattan in these areas, and can get a nice place from $300K (apt) to $550+ (for a multi-family house). Many amazing people in these little townships -- lots of artists, entertainers, real-estate people, urban professionals. North Bergen has a good high-school, and there are really nice private prep schools in Edgewater as well. Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I agree with BobbiJ above. San Marco, Southside, Intracoastal West, Beaches, Avondale, Riverside - these would be what I'd recommend.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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How about the village of Bellport. If you dont need a school, it is a great area. Or Sayville, that is even better.

dorothy
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Western PA
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Default really gay-friendly

Pittsburgh is refreshingly gay-friendly. My partner and I have lived here for 25 years and have gay and straight couples as friends. We're both out at work, in the neighborhood, and everywhere else. Some of our friends have children and live in both the city and suburbs.

The East End - Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Highland Park, Point Breeze, and Regent Square have a good mix of people: gay and straight, different races, people from other countries, and young and old. Good walkable neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, and good neighborhood business districts.

Pittsburgh has over 100 gay organizations - everything from GLENDA (Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Assc.) which does community volunteer work, to a rowing club, running club, political orgs, family orgs, you name it. It's not San Francisco, but it has a little bit of everything.
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