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Old 08-01-2017, 01:35 AM
 
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Hello!

My wife and I live in Portland, OR and are wanting to make a big move. We are considering Milwaukee. We are lesbians and have two daughters who are Elementary School aged. We are looking for an area that isn't super expensive but also has great schools. Where should we look?
Also- are people kind generally in this area to lesbian families and the like? We just want to have a good life around people that are friendly, like football, and for our children to grow up polite and smart. The normal stuff.
I've seen some really disparaging comments about LGBT families in this area but that was from years ago. I'd love a new and fresh opinion!
Thank you!
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:57 AM
 
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Milwaukee is a very LBGT friendly community.

The east side of Milwaukee, Bayview, Washington Heights area of Milwaukee and other west side neighborhoods, Brewer's Hill, Walkers Point, St. Francis, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Glendale, Brown Deer, Fox Point, east side of Wauwatosa in my opinion are all good communities for LBGT families.

Madison (I am not familiar with the surrounding suburbs) is also a good city for LBGT families.

I have never heard any negativity in the Milwaukee or Madison areas about LBGT families. Milwaukee and Madison has always been voted one of the top communities for LBGT families due to tremendous community support. I wouldn't worry too much.

Super expensive? Depends on how much money you have to work with, and which community will meet all your needs. You should visit a couple of times (Summer and Winter) before you make the decision to move.

LGBT | VISIT Milwaukee
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I don't think you'd be too bad anywhere in Milwaukee, look for good schools and you will be OK. Bay View / Third Ward / Walkers Point seems to attract gay couples, but you can find better schools and cheaper rents elsewhere with no problems (and go to Walker's Point for partying now and then).


Better communities (imho) would be Whitefish Bay/Shorewood (more like a city), Fox Point/Bayside (more suburban), Wauwatosa on the west side.


Brookfield/Elm Brook/New Berlin have good schools, yet are kind of more conservative. Yet, 'mind your business' conservative and not 'religious right' conservative, so they may work for you.


Madison or Appleton would probably be another good bet.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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As already mentioned, quite a few city of Milwaukee neighborhoods attract LGBTQ folks: East Side, Bay View, Washington Heights, Sherman Park, etc. Each neighborhood has its own "flavor," so you would want to visit and see what's the best fit for you. My husband and I don't have kids, but we do know some LGBTQ couples with kids who live within the city limits. In Bay View, the neighborhood public elementary and middle schools are good, but the high school (Bay View High) has a mixed record. For high school, many families with kids look at the various magnet schools, such as the language immersion high schools (German, Spanish, French), the honors schools (Rufus King, Reagan, etc.), and other specialty publics. Some families send their high schoolers to private and charter schools, but not sure if you want to go that route.

If you look at the suburbs (and suburban school districts), Shorewood and Whitefish Bay are good choices for LGBTQ, though housing prices are relatively high and houses/lots are kind of small.

We know a lot of gay and lesbian couples (some with kids) who live in Glendale, just to the west of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. Glendale is much more middle class, but the schools are great, and the houses/lots tend to be less expensive and larger than those in Shorewood and WFB. (Glendale houses tend to be standard ranch style suburban houses, whereas Shorewood and WFB have a lot of "cute" Tudors, Colonials, etc.) If my husband and I had kids, we would either stay in Bay View or look in Glendale.
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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If you venture ~60min outside of Milwaukee, you may run into some backwards folks. But inside the city limits, it's regular 2017 metro area.

[I lived downtown for a decade before moving to LA ~18mo ago]
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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[quote=adr3naline;49066520]If you venture ~60min outside of Milwaukee, you may run into some backwards folks. But inside the city limits, it's regular 2017 metro area.quote]


Exactly. Any LBTQ will be accepted anywhere inside the Milwaukee metro (or Madison). But stray outside of that 60 minute radius and beware of the backward folks. Welcome to Milwaukee!
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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You can meet some backwards people anywhere. And don't underestimate Midwest rednecks... Not all white blue-color conservatives are religious extremists. I would say, WI is much softer on religious issues than the Bible belt, and even Bible belt isn't so anti-LGBT as it used to be. After all, even the Pope said he's not in a position to judge anyone.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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You can meet some backwards people anywhere. And don't underestimate Midwest rednecks... Not all white blue-color conservatives are religious extremists. I would say, WI is much softer on religious issues than the Bible belt, and even Bible belt isn't so anti-LGBT as it used to be. After all, even the Pope said he's not in a position to judge anyone.
Agreed. Stereotyping an individual's bias towards LGBT based on their political preference is an antiquated convenience.

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