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Old 05-12-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg PA
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Hello there!

My question is simple and is merely a question. (all other posts like this quickly turned into a shouting match, please don't do it with this one). I currently live in Pennsylvania (so I have experience with legislation being against me). My question is, though, would I be able to go for a walk with my boyfriend whilst holding his hand or having my arm around him and not have to worry about being killed or injured in any way? I mean, we've been together for almost 2 years and are monogamous and look down on promiscuity and such. We both dress the gender we are and aren't flamboyant. Would that be safe to do? (obviously you would have to double check the neighborhood, but I'm talking in general)

I have already made the decision to move down there with my boyfriend.

Again, please, this is a question and not a debate over anything so an answer and an answer alone will suffice just fine! THANK YOU! ^_^
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Provincetown, Key West or San Francisco are for you.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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Hello there!

My question is simple and is merely a question. (all other posts like this quickly turned into a shouting match, please don't do it with this one). I currently live in Pennsylvania (so I have experience with legislation being against me). My question is, though, would I be able to go for a walk with my boyfriend whilst holding his hand or having my arm around him and not have to worry about being killed or injured in any way? I mean, we've been together for almost 2 years and are monogamous and look down on promiscuity and such. We both dress the gender we are and aren't flamboyant. Would that be safe to do? (obviously you would have to double check the neighborhood, but I'm talking in general)

I have already made the decision to move down there with my boyfriend.

Again, please, this is a question and not a debate over anything so an answer and an answer alone will suffice just fine! THANK YOU! ^_^
I have to give you an analogy. Is hitchhiking a safe way to get around? The answer is no. Not because a vast majority of the public will hurt you but because there are people who when they pick you up and something happens to you it was no accident. There are people out there looking to make trouble. If you are in a family oriented area and holding hands or have your arms around with your friend. It doesn't matter if you pass a thousand people who could care less. You "will" pass one who may start something, it is a certainty. Florida is southern state, they still drive around with rebel flags on their trucks. Would something happen, it would just be a matter of time. I am just being honest.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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You might want to call someone in the local social gay organization, called The Living Room. They might have first-hand knowledge. They had annual gay pride event last year in late May. They may be having one this year, so you could come down and check it out and meet people. I googled them and got the info below. Welcome to the area!

Expect rainbows over Wickham Park Pavilion, the site of Brevard's first Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The event is presented by The Living Room, a social organization designed to strengthen the gay and lesbian community throughout Brevard County. Festival chairman Kevin Morris, an Episcopal priest, hopes there will be a big turnout. "So far, we will have (at least 40) vendors
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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Melbourne is fairly conservative. It's a lot different up there than, say, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach, or Key West.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I think you would want to stick to the major cities: Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Key West (not a city but gay friendly).

Even Tampa and Jacksonville would be less safe or accepting than the others I listed, but Tampa will have better areas than others like South Tampa.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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In terms of physical safety, you should be fine, or at least it's no more unsafe than being a straight couple walking down the street together. Most Floridians aren't crazy about the idea of gay marriage, but don't really think much about gay issues or gay people as a group much beyond that. (For all that the 'no gay marriage' ammendment passed last fall, I actually saw fewer yard signs about that one than I did the working waterfront tax breaks ammendment) You'll get coworkers and neighbors who won't be fond of what they see as your lifestyle choice, but it would probably be rare for them to try to make some sort of big issue over your spouse.

I live in by far the most conservative part of the state and my gay neighbors and coworkers tend to have positive impressions of both the area and the people they work with every day.

And I know you said no politics, but somewhere there has to be a Charlie Crist joke if you're gonna discuss this issue. Even though he's now married to a woman (to many peoples' surprise) the rumors that were going around during his election would have killed his campaign in a lot of other places where voters actually had a strong opinion about such things.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I think seeing a couple of gay guys holding hands would prompt a lot of looks and probably some good ol' gay bashing. Even though the governor is in the closet, nobody cares much about that anymore. Outwardly advertising that someone is a homo is a bad idea anywhere in the US. Even south beach, the area most used to gays has had its share of gay bashing incidents. Your best bet is not to show off your sexual preference. The exception would be a group of steroid queens who nobody would dare fight with. Having a concealed weapon could also be an excellent deterrent to violent homophobes who secretly want to be in your place. We all know that gay bashers struggle with internal homosexuality.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I think seeing a couple of gay guys holding hands would prompt a lot of looks and probably some good ol' gay bashing. Even though the governor is in the closet, nobody cares much about that anymore. Outwardly advertising that someone is a homo is a bad idea anywhere in the US. Even south beach, the area most used to gays has had its share of gay bashing incidents. Your best bet is not to show off your sexual preference. The exception would be a group of steroid queens who nobody would dare fight with. Having a concealed weapon could also be an excellent deterrent to violent homophobes who secretly want to be in your place. We all know that gay bashers struggle with internal homosexuality.
That was both hilarious and true!
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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I was just going to say, this is Florida, why not get a concealed carry permit?
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