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Old 08-28-2006, 06:00 AM
 
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My partner and I are considering relocating to Asheville, however, we are a gay couple and we're not sure what the "climate" is like there. Are people accepting of this lifestyle in the Asheville area, or is this lifestyle frowned upon? Also, is there an gay "community" in the city that fosters activities, events, etc.
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:38 AM
 
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It is probably the most gay friendly city in North Carolina.
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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All large cities have that sort of community, but my guess would be the Raleigh-Durham Metro Area much more than the City of Asheville as far as North Carolina goes. Other than that, Atlanta & Washington, DC.
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:12 PM
 
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Why are we hearing so many moving to NC? What does the state have to offer?
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Why are we hearing so many moving to NC? What does the state have to offer?
Beats me.

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Old 08-28-2006, 03:03 PM
 
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Why are we hearing so many moving to NC? What does the state have to offer?
Its easy to own a gun there. Most of the guns we have in NYC come from Carolina.
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:10 PM
 
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Interesting. So NC doesn't accept their lifestyle and thus they are forced to carry guns. Then why move to NC. Pick another state then. I guess the poster has his answer
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:12 PM
 
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Asheville has a tight-knit gay community from what I've noticed. In other words, not as big and encompassing as Raleigh/Durham or Charlotte...but definitely a good sizeable contingent in the urban parts of Asheville, and pretty well-accepted by the city's locals.

I wouldn't settle in an outlying area of it though....once you step outside of downtown Asheville you go from "mini-SanFransisco" to "Rednek ****ry" real fast!

It's probably a better place for gay couples than gay singles, since it is a significantly smaller town....the gay community is compact enough to where "everybody knows your name".
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:37 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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My partner and I are considering relocating to Asheville, however, we are a gay couple and we're not sure what the "climate" is like there. Are people accepting of this lifestyle in the Asheville area, or is this lifestyle frowned upon? Also, is there an gay "community" in the city that fosters activities, events, etc.
While we have people here who fear they'll catch gay, just being around that group, corporations lead the way in making this state more open to domestic partners (straight and gay) by offering benefits

http://www.newsobserver.com/104/story/476473.html (broken link)
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Asheville has a tight-knit gay community from what I've noticed. In other words, not as big and encompassing as Raleigh/Durham or Charlotte...but definitely a good sizeable contingent in the urban parts of Asheville, and pretty well-accepted by the city's locals.

I wouldn't settle in an outlying area of it though....once you step outside of downtown Asheville you go from "mini-SanFransisco" to "Rednek ****ry" real fast!

It's probably a better place for gay couples than gay singles, since it is a significantly smaller town....the gay community is compact enough to where "everybody knows your name".
Raleigh Rob hit the nail on the head. The small urban core of Asheville is very gay friendly and the city has done a lot to market it as such. However, outside of town...not so much. I have heard Asheville described as a city of snobs surrounded by hillbillies.
I have watched several different segments of these relocation and renovations shows, that featured gay couples in Asheville. They always talk about the acceptance in Asheville.
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