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Old 10-15-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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I grew up in Birmingham but now live with my long time partner on the West Coast. My parents still live in the Detroit area and are getting up in years. We have been mulling over the idea of moving closer to them. Jobs are not an issue for us. We are early 40s in age. Royal Oak and Ferndale are not appealing to us at this age. I've always liked Grosse Pointe, especially the housing stock and sailing opportunities. My question: would two men living in GP be comfortable? A (straight) friend who lives in GP claims the area is slowly becoming more diverse, but I am I interested in more input. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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Honestly, I don't think it would be a big deal... sure, it's an "old-money" conservative/republican type place, but like most moneyed places the residents don't tend to interact with eachother very often. Ninety percent of the time they're either at work or sealed up in their own houses. Sure, your next door neighbors may notice, and some gossip may get around, but it's not like there's any "hoodlums" there that are going to make life difficult.

If you can deal with some sideways glances from the blue-hairs you'll do just fine. I can't imagine any real direct sense of discrimination or intimidation coming from anyone in Grosse Point.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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You'll be fine and are more than welcome.

-GPF resident
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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You'll be fine and are more than welcome.

-GPF resident
You know what? That was one of the nicest posts I've read.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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I grew up in Birmingham but now live with my long time partner on the West Coast. My parents still live in the Detroit area and are getting up in years. We have been mulling over the idea of moving closer to them. Jobs are not an issue for us. We are early 40s in age. Royal Oak and Ferndale are not appealing to us at this age. I've always liked Grosse Pointe, especially the housing stock and sailing opportunities. My question: would two men living in GP be comfortable? A (straight) friend who lives in GP claims the area is slowly becoming more diverse, but I am I interested in more input. Thanks.
Honestly, man, I wouldn't advise my worst enemy to go live in Grosse Pointe. The people there are JUST. PLAIN. MEAN. Everything else there is nice, but the tradeoff isn't worth it.
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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THere are a lot of nice people living in Grosse Pointe. In fact, everyone that I know from Grosse Pointe is very nice. Of course that amounts to no more than 30 to 40 people, but 30 out of 30 indicates that there must be a substantial number of nice people there. It is unlikely that I just happened to stumble across the only 30 nice people who live there.

If you are respectful and keep in mind that the fact that you are gay will bother some people a great deal, you will be fine. If you are "in your face" homosexuals who feel the need to make sure that everyone knows and sees displays of your sexuality, then you may not be entirely compfortable. It is a pretty conservative place.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
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I grew up in GPF next to "Steven & Richard"... nobody cared. You'll not run into any more issues than other comparable neighborhoods metro Detroit (B'ham etc.) Welcome home.
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