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Old 06-13-2007, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Key West, Florida's pretty gay :>) But the "culture" itself is just "Laid back" altogether, whether you're gay or straight.
I second that, Key West is a nice, laid back place for people of just about any race, religion or sexual preference. The only trouble is that is tiny, and not a very realistic choice of places to live because of the scarce housing/jobs.
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Now in Oregon!
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My question would be: What city is the most welcoming to gays, yet the least "flaming". I am gay, but I can't stand the lispy, flashy, tight clothing worshiping, sleep with anything that moves gay stereotype. Unfortunately, many gays feel that they must live up to that stereotype under the mask of “pride”. I feel they give the lifestyle a bad name. I have lived on South Beach....great place, but yeah, full of the type described above. I have been to Provincetown many times...once again, gorgeous place, but yeah, the place in on fire. I now live in Portland...another very gay friendly place...here you can't tell the straights from the gays...THEY ALL LOOK/ACT LIKE GAY HIPSTERS...what's up with that?

Is there a city out there that looks after its gay citizens (and minorities in general)...meaning it has good anti-discrimination policies in place and a general "live and let live" vibe, but maybe without that particular brand of San Francisco-esque gay culture? Show me a city where the general populous is content to be who they are, and could care less about what their neighbors are doing, so long as they are not hurting anyone. That is the city I want to live in.
I am so totally with you. My partner and I have been together for 27 years and prior to that pretty much avoided the tacky gay scene. Our friends were much the same as we. We seem to be the more typical suburban couple, love our home, our cats, picket fenced yard, gardens.... Only way to be!
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:46 PM
 
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Excellent article...I have never been to Dallas, but would love to visit sometime....
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:49 PM
 
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ft lauderdale is more gay now than south beach. key west used to be more gay but got too expensive.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:09 PM
 
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I am so totally with you. My partner and I have been together for 27 years and prior to that pretty much avoided the tacky gay scene. Our friends were much the same as we. We seem to be the more typical suburban couple, love our home, our cats, picket fenced yard, gardens.... Only way to be!
Good for you, I agree.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:18 PM
 
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Alot of places that gay people set up housekeeping seem to be the most costly of places, or seem to become very expensive places to live in the few years after large numbers move in. I know its not just because gay people moved there, but it is noticeable. Places like South Florida, Palm Springs, Santa Fe, and of course San Fran, West Hollywood, the Hillcreast section of San Diego. and now even Asheville North Carolina, some gays from all over have been moving there from different places, south florida being one of them. Now Asheville is way overpriced. Of course alot of st8s move to these places and a number of different influences affect the cost of these places. Although it does seem if a number of gay people move to a particular area it is or will be way overpriced very quickly.
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:16 PM
 
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New article on Dallas:

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Old 06-15-2007, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Although it does seem if a number of gay people move to a particular area it is or will be way overpriced very quickly.
There's some merit to your claim, I do believe.

As a gay person myself, here is my respectful hypothesis of why a sudden influx of gays tends to boost property values. Gay males (and lesbians), on average, don't have children, which leaves them with more discretionary income to spend on purchasing and refurbishing a home. They don't have to worry about a college fund, buying Junior a car, or any of the other costs normally associated with having a child, so they tend to have more "money to burn." As such, while most straight couples with children might strive to spend only 1/3 of their total net income on housing, gays/lesbians might be willing to expend more than 1/2 of their total net income.

For example, I foresee myself likely being a six-figure earner in the future due to my entrepreneurial spirit and passion for sales. If I'm raking in
$100,000+ net annually with no dependents (I can't find a mate and won't adopt children without a mate), then I have a large chunk of change available at my disposal to purchase a home at an inflated price (such as the ones in Scranton's historic districts, one of which is under contract for over $1.5 Million!).

We gays also tend to coneisseurs of homes from the "Gilded Age." We're the ones who will flock to a transitioning urban neighborhood to help gentrify it simply because we like the Gingerbread appointments on the homes there. Most us don't like the bland vinyl-sided, two-car-garage-dominated suburban cul-de-sac homes, so we end up increasing demand for urban options, including lofts. An increase in demand leads to an increase in price, I'm sorry to say.

Essentially: The GLBT community seems to have much more discretionary income at their disposal to invest in housing.

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Old 06-15-2007, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Texas!
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I think Houston is gay friendly. I have a cousin who lives there and he says it's easy to fit in there because the people there accept gay people.
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