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Old 05-01-2008, 11:49 AM
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Pretty much anywhere in Los Angeles and you'll be fine. I know a gay (males) couple in Burbank with a 4 year old and they are doing fine.

My recomendations for a gay couple raising a child who want diversity:

Studio City
Sherman Oaks
Woodland Hills
West LA
West Hollywood
Manhattan Beach
Redondo Beach
Marina Del Rey
Toluca Lake
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:47 PM
Location: RSM
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Long Beach would be a great place. Not as wierd for a child as West Hollywood or something. Better family atmosphere while being friendly to people of different ethnicities, sexualities, etc
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:49 PM
Location: California
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The Palm Springs area has a huge gay population. I don't know about the school system though.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:21 PM
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Los Angeles is culturally diverse and generally accepting. Woodland Hills is a suburban area of Los Angeles, lots of families and things for families to do. I'm not sure if you plan to buy or lease to get a sense of areas, but we have a 1 year new home that we are looking to lease to a great family. There is a gay couple on our street who's nephew is living in the house and there is also single gay man on our street. It's a small, gated community near virtually everything you could possibly want.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:49 PM
Location: Boston
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i third Long Beach. I'm not sure about the school system though, but then again I'm not really sure about any school system in southern california anymore. However, for a gay couple, it's great. Accepting community, lots of businesses are gay-owned and are involed with charity, etc. I think you'll be ok anywhere in southern california close to the water or close to LA. (I know this is a generalization. I'm just trying to narrow it a little for you). Good luck!
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:16 AM
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Look into Burbank. The schools are pretty good and after speaking with my friends who are gay dads they mentioned that they meet regularly with a group of other gay parents in Burbank and say its wonderful.
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:10 PM
Location: L.A. County (not City)
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I had a gay friend who lived in Hermosa Beach and I've met many of his friends. From what they all told me all the beach cities (Hermosa, Redondo, Manhattan, etc.) are very gay friendly and have lots of gays.

I'm not of that persuasion myself but from what I could see they were all having a pretty good time, and the beach areas are well known for their party atmosphere. I'd recommend you look in the beach cities.

Oh, one thing. L.A. is not very homophobic. You'll probably be accepted wherever you go. We Angelinos are very tolerant of different lifestyles.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:40 AM
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My advice would be Temecula. LOTS of REO properties and the best schools in the state. Excellent weather. ONly thing is that employment might be a problem. Alot of people commute to San Diego. Look at: REALTOR.com - Real Estate Listings & Homes For Sale. or Trulia - Real Estate, Homes For Sale, Sold Properties, Real Estate Maps Put in the city and state you want. Call a realtor in the area you would like to live in and find out how expensive it is. California is very expensive to live in.

I think no matter where you live in California, it would be gay friendly.

West Hollywood is gay friendly from what I hear but very expensive to live. Go by the area you can afford and jobs are plentifful.

Good Luck.
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Old 05-03-2008, 10:02 PM
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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Default The GLBT couple that MAY have your answer.

Originally Posted by kimchel View Post
My partner and I are thinking of moving to CA what is a nice gay friendly area to raise a child with schools that are very diverse
Hey kimchel...
We are a gay couple looking to adopt. We have done our research extensively. This is the list we came up with.

LA area: Westhills or Chatsworth
Sacramento: Davis or Shingle Springs
Bay Area: Daly City or Antioch
North of the Bay: Healdsburgh or Santa Rosa area

Do not....I repeat DO NOT consider San Diego! It's very conservative. There have been a lot of issues of school bullying of children in the GLBT community. Trust me... AVOID SAN DIEGO! Our friends that have children in SD say the school system ignores the complaints of GLBT issues! They get bullied and teased every day. They are moving to LA b/c of the situation. They filed a law suit against the SD school district. It's just a horrible situation there for the GLBT community.

The areas above that I've mentioned are they best for school, crime rate, affordable housing, and GLBT Community and Families.

Start in those area!
Good Luck my GLBT Friends!
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:12 PM
Location: San Gabriel, CA
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Hey! I'm from the San Gabriel Valley, and I travel to LA/West Hollywood/Long Beach frequently. I just wanted to let you know that no matter where you decided to end up living, no matter how conservative the area is, you will always be able to find youth activists working to make a change. I grew up in a heteronormative community, and when I learned about a lot of the oppressions that affect our societies, I wanted to spark a change in my school and city. Personally, I don't think the most important point of being raised in a diverse culture is to naturally accept people of all ethnic and sexual backgrounds; rather, I feel that it's to consciously understand why it is necessary, while remembering that society is not always as accepting.

Long Beach is definitely a progressive area, though! Keep in mind that they do so much peace-related activism because there are gangs and other miscellaneous violence in Long Beach. Two of my friends currently reside in the Mar Vista/Culver City/Santa Monica area, which is also very LGBTQ-friendly. School-wise, San Gabriel Valley schools are pretty nice. The Los Angeles High School for the Arts is definitely a diverse high school to attend, seeing as you get a lot of the ethnic diversity you lack in certain suburban areas.
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