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Old 03-14-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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I have always wanted to visit Louisiana, maybe even live there. However i was concerned about their gay population and tolerence down there, you know with it being the south and all. Does anyone live near the Gretna area or know about it and its gay population? I just want to know how safe it is there for a gay couple to live freely down there and if they have a large gay population similar to San fransisco perhaps? I recently visited Georgia and noticed that they have a large gay population and the straight people there dont even stare like they never see gay couples. Is it like that in Louisiana?
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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All depends on where you are. New Orleans is obviously going to be the most accepting place... New Orleans is such a nice, cultural place. If you've never been, DO visit there.

Baton Rouge might be accepting as well since it's a major college area.

Shreveport-Bossier is going to be *somewhat* accepting, but definitely not highly. Lots of rednecks in this area who think if you don't like NASCAR, don't hunt, or are different in any way that you shouldn't be here. I'm not saying we're ALL that way, but there is a lot of it here unfortunately.

Louisiana, in general, is very rural. Your ultimate bet would be New Orleans! Gretna is in the New Orleans, but other than that unfortunately I don't know much about that city. Sorry! But good luck!!
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I agree. You will probably feel more comfortable in the major cities. Gretna is on the westbank. I'm not sure how open and diverse the westbank is. You wouldn't have much problem within NOLA, perhaps parts of Metairie as well. BTR, it depends on the areas but generally the central part of the city is fairly diverse. There's always LSU as well which is a large community in itself. You're much less likely to get stares in the eccletic neighborhoods and shopping at Whole Foods or Calandro's rather than the local WalMart. Baton Rouge has several known mixed and diverse neighborhoods and I'm sure a few other unknown places.
The suburbs are, well, the suburbs. Don't think you'd like it much there. I won't go into more detail unless you want to know more.
I've heard Lafayette is progressive, but I can't answer for them or Shreveport.
I will say that I really don't hear much about crimes against people because of differing sexual orientation. Our crime is more gang or youth violence and also some robberies, car breakins and the such. I can't vouch for verbal abuse, but I doubt you'll have to worry much about physical abuse (just from recent history, news stories, and crime numbers).
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I agree. You will probably feel more comfortable in the major cities. Gretna is on the westbank. I'm not sure how open and diverse the westbank is. You wouldn't have much problem within NOLA, perhaps parts of Metairie as well. BTR, it depends on the areas but generally the central part of the city is fairly diverse. There's always LSU as well which is a large community in itself. You're much less likely to get stares in the eccletic neighborhoods and shopping at Whole Foods or Calandro's rather than the local WalMart. Baton Rouge has several known mixed and diverse neighborhoods and I'm sure a few other unknown places.
The suburbs are, well, the suburbs. Don't think you'd like it much there. I won't go into more detail unless you want to know more.
I've heard Lafayette is progressive, but I can't answer for them or Shreveport.
I will say that I really don't hear much about crimes against people because of differing sexual orientation. Our crime is more gang or youth violence and also some robberies, car breakins and the such. I can't vouch for verbal abuse, but I doubt you'll have to worry much about physical abuse (just from recent history, news stories, and crime numbers).
As much as I hate to admit it, Lafayette is more progressive than Shreveport. I wish the winds of change would sweep through here and blow out all of the bigots, but in the meantime I will say Lafayette definitely is more progressive. And yes, that bothers me tremendously.
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: The South
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New Orleans would be the best. Unlike the more conservative southern area its in, its just so diverse and culturally vibrant- and I think they even have a festival or something for gays in August, Im not sure though...
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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New Orleans would be the best. Unlike the more conservative southern area its in, its just so diverse and culturally vibrant- and I think they even have a festival or something for gays in August, Im not sure though...
You're talking about the Decadence Festival. Yeah, it's in late August.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:25 AM
 
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As a gay man going to school in New Orleans, I can definitely vouch for it being an open-minded city. I personally wouldn't walk around holding hands with another guy, but that's just me. I wouldn't do it anywhere.

There's a live-and-let-live attitude here. It's all carefree. [Hence, The City That Care Forgot.]
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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As a gay man going to school in New Orleans, I can definitely vouch for it being an open-minded city. I personally wouldn't walk around holding hands with another guy, but that's just me. I wouldn't do it anywhere.

There's a live-and-let-live attitude here. It's all carefree. [Hence, The City That Care Forgot.]
Not to mention "The Big Easy!" In my opinion both of those names say it all. It's just an easy-living type of place.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:33 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Eat @ the Clover grill and you'll understand.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:01 PM
 
Location: North Bossier Parish
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It's not the rednecks in S'port/Bossier who'll step on your buzz, It's the "hollier-n-thou" Bible-thumpers that'll ruin the party. They'd love to shut down boats, track, clubs...anything fun, rather'n minding their own business. But, they're worrie'd 'bout your soul...bless their hearts!
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