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Old 01-23-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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I would look at Bellevue or LeClaire if you want a small town with plenty of charm on the Mississippi Rver. SE Iowa is just too depressing and Keokuk has been in decline for decades.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Bellevue....good thought....and then you have Galena, IL just across the river.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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My partner and I are looking into moving to Iowa. We are trying to look up places that are the most gay friendly but want to know from people who live or have lived there. We are not really into huge cities. We are looking for a smaller town. We are looking into Keokuk,Iowa but are not sure about it. We would like to know of places that are around that size. We are more into the country look. We don't really care about clubs and big city feel. We are not into art or any other things that people thing lesbians like. We just want a nice town that we can raise kids in and they will not be made fun of. A town that will not call us names and look at us weird if we are holding hands walking down the street.
So, your first thought is that the people in Iowa are small minded and anti-gay so you need to ask around to find a niche of tolerance?

<sigh>
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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^ I'm assuming that's what they're going for. Outside very few areas in the USA, I would probably do the same.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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^ I'm assuming that's what they're going for. Outside very few areas in the USA, I would probably do the same.
The irony being that they want to live somewhere free of prejudice and stereotypes.

I understand the situation but honestly I did find it a bit funny especially since I live in one of those small minded "red states" in fly-over country.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I would say that in Iowa, as well as in much of the US, the gay-friendliness of a city is directly inverse of its size. Small Iowa towns aren't exactly a fountain of diversity and tolerance. Davenport, Des Moines, and Iowa City seem like the only sure bets.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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We want to get married and there are not alot of states that will allow it. so the sad truth is we have very few states to chose from. Iowa seems like the nicest one that allows it. We have never been to Iowa but have researched it so we just wanted to know the most town accepting to it.

We have lived and currently live and states that are not accepting at all. Oklahoma and Utah. We currently live in Utah and not want to feel how we feel here.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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You may be overestimating us.

I think a lot more Iowans fit into the "its none of my business what you do" category than the "gay friendly" category, especially in small towns. And honestly, since there was never a vote on gay marriage, I'm not sure if the state would even vote to keep it.

The bigger metro areas should be fine, but I don't know if you're going to find what you're looking for in small towns.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I think a lot more Iowans fit into the "its none of my business what you do" category than the "gay friendly" category,

I'd agree with this. I think most gay people probably get around and live their lives just fine in Iowa. Just like anywhere else, if you're a decent and likable person, you'll probably have no problem being tolerated, accepted and/or liked in Iowa.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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utah ewww i feel so bad for u guys
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