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Old 03-10-2008, 07:36 PM
 
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Have an opportunity to move to Houston or Dallas and need to decide.

I realize this is the Houston forum. However, I imagine there must be individuals in this forum who have lived or spent a lot of time in Dallas also.

What are your opinions about being gay in Houston vs Dallas?
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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Depends on what you are looking for. Are you heavily into the social and club scene, or more of a quiet coffee shop person? Do you have friends in either city?

Back in my early 20's (late 90's), my friends and I spent a lot of time analyzing this very question. We were all just out of school and the social/bar/club scene was important to us., and so as we graduated and started our careers, we primarily moved to one of these cities. My Dallas friends are convinced that Big D is better than Houston, that it is more attractive and has a trendier scene. (Generalizing) Houston gays think Dallas gays are pretentious and think more about their leased BMWs than their friends. The reality is that both cities have more in common than they thing: Both are large, southern cities (Dallas being more like Atlanta IMO), and both are fine places to be gay. Dallas has a prettier scene/crowd, but Houston's overall population actually seems to be more diverse and open to different people. Plus there is the hot Houston job market. So again, it depends on what you are looking for.

At the end of the day, it's about where your best friends are. That is tons more important than how much nicer Dallas' JR's is than Houston's.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:36 AM
 
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Thanks for taking the time to give me that info

Not really too much into the bar scene. More into coffeehouse culture and non-traditional church/spirituality, vegetarian and different ethnic foods, good gyms.

Does either sound like a better fit?
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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Thanks for taking the time to give me that info

Not really too much into the bar scene. More into coffeehouse culture and non-traditional church/spirituality, vegetarian and different ethnic foods, good gyms.

Does either sound like a better fit?

Sounds more like Dallas to me, but moreso Austin...
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Dude, Dallas is totally gay. Check it out.
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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Dallas is a gay paradise. Fort Worth has a laid back gay scene. Denton has gay friendly coffee houses etc. North Texas overall is pretty gay friendly except for certain counties that are hardcore conservative. But I'm sure im most areas of North Texas you would never be harassed or beaten up - in fact you would be welcomed! At worst hardcore Christians will snub you. Like u need them anyways

I'd stay away from Austin. Too boring. Way too small of a gay scene. If you want to retire with your husband/boyfriend then Austin *might* be good.
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: West Hempstead, NY
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Houston is very gay friendly as well. You'll find idiots wherever you go but I chose Houston because it's more affordable and the job market is much better. Not to mention it's close to Galveston and the beach, warmer in the winter, and as far as I'm concerned better all around. Good luck. Both are good though. Go where your heart takes you. We did and are very glad we did.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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Wow. I can't decide.

Someone a few posts up said Dallas seemed like a better fit due to something I had written:
"Not really too much into the bar scene. More into coffeehouse culture and non-traditional church/spirituality, vegetarian and different ethnic foods, good gyms"

I am wondering why this description sounds more "Dallas"? thanks all
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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No idea... you can find what you're after in Houston, too.

You can keep making Houston or Dallas threads till the cows come home. They're both metros of around 6 million people. I'm sure you could find what you're looking for in either. You should visit and see which one strikes a chord with you most.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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I have visited both and still can't figure it out! Don't have any friends in either city.

Hoping this forum's feedback will help me.

Which city would be better for middle aged and older gay guys?
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