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Old 03-31-2014, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Darien, CT
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I was just curious as to how gay friendly the Main Line communities are (gay family friendly, that is).

I was specifically curious about Gladwyne and Villanova? Thanks
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:58 AM
 
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While the city of Philadelphia is a very Liberal Gay City some of these suburban main line communities with huge Republican leanings may be cause for concern. Villanova for sure.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:55 AM
 
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While the city of Philadelphia is a very Liberal Gay City some of these suburban main line communities with huge Republican leanings may be cause for concern. Villanova for sure.


The Eastern half of LM is almost all solidly latte liberal these days. The western half, while more prone to vote Republican for fiscal reasons, is not the least bit socially conservative.

Gladwyne and Villanova (along with Nearby Rosemont) are perfectly fine, especially Villanova on the LM side. You might like Penn Valley, Wynnewood, Merion, Penn Wynne, and Bala-Cynwyd a bit more, along with Narberth (anywhere but the Northeast quadrant/"working class Narberth"). I'd argue that these areas are among the PA suburbs' most socially liberal. Ardmore is fine above Montgomery Avenue. The rest may be a bit more hit and miss. Just steer clear of Belmont Hills.

Since you did start by asking about Gladwyne/Villanova (I assume you're after a big, charming, custom-constructed house on a big lot) then you'd probably like Rosemont and Haverford, along with part of Penn Valley and Wynnewood best, as far as potential alternatives go.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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Villanova is right leaning in a fiscal sense, not in a bible thumping Christian right sense. Although pretty staid and conservative in general, the main line is also a highly educated area that is for the most part more progressive on social issues. I highly doubt you'd run into any overt discrimination, but you may not be welcomed with open arms by everyone in your community. Certainly not the paradise that Philly is on this matter, but all things considered you could definitely do a whole lot worse.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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Villanova is right leaning in a fiscal sense, not in a bible thumping Christian right sense. Although pretty staid and conservative in general, the main line is also a highly educated area that is for the most part more progressive on social issues. I highly doubt you'd run into any overt discrimination, but you may not be welcomed with open arms by everyone in your community. Certainly not the paradise that Philly is on this matter, but all things considered you could definitely do a whole lot worse.
A distinction needs to be made between Lower Merion residential Villanova >> Radnor residential Villanova >>>>> and Villanova University. I'd definitely say LM Villanova is more than just alright. But neighbors there are more likely to be apathetic on gay rights issues than Eastern Half LM residents, who may very well be outspoken in favor.
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Phila Pa & NYC
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I see no problem with gays living in any upper middle class neighborhoods anywhere around the city. In fact a few years back I knew some college students that were being paid to canvas neighborhoods to raise money for HRC (Human Rights Campaign). They mostly canvassed the Main Line and West Chester and raised thousands of dollars.
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Lower Merion instituted an anti-discrimination ordinance in order to protect LGBT people about two or three years ago I think.

From my experience it seems there are a lot of gay and lesbian people and families moving to Swarthmore - which is not the Main Line, but a verdant upscale affluent area nonetheless.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:36 PM
 
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The Eastern half of LM is almost all solidly latte liberal these days. The western half, while more prone to vote Republican for fiscal reasons, is not the least bit socially conservative.

Gladwyne and Villanova (along with Nearby Rosemont) are perfectly fine, especially Villanova on the LM side. You might like Penn Valley, Wynnewood, Merion, Penn Wynne, and Bala-Cynwyd a bit more, along with Narberth (anywhere but the Northeast quadrant/"working class Narberth"). I'd argue that these areas are among the PA suburbs' most socially liberal. Ardmore is fine above Montgomery Avenue. The rest may be a bit more hit and miss. Just steer clear of Belmont Hills.

Since you did start by asking about Gladwyne/Villanova (I assume you're after a big, charming, custom-constructed house on a big lot) then you'd probably like Rosemont and Haverford, along with part of Penn Valley and Wynnewood best, as far as potential alternatives go.
What is wrong with Belmont Hills?
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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What is wrong with Belmont Hills?
Belmont Hills is a small, predominantly white ethnic/Catholic, extremely tight-knit (and in many cases, multi-generational) community with strong blue collar traditions. Narberth still has this to some extent in its Northeastern "working class" quadrant, although the Borough as a whole is becoming more transient, as non-autocentric communities have steadily risen in cachet.

Anyway, BH is a fine choice for some, but IMO a gay family would be better served elsewhere. BH is one of the few places on the Eastern Main Line where I've heard openly homophobic/racist/anti-Semitic remarks (and on multiple occasions, at that). FWIW, I wouldn't recommend it for a Jewish, black, or Asian family either. In any case, BH's dense feel with small houses on small lots probably wouldn't appeal to someone looking for a Gladwyne or Villanova-esque home in the first place.

BH is an interesting little microcosm within the Township. There are other historically blue collar/working class communities (parts of Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, along with a couple fringes of Bala-Cynwyd, Merion, and Penn Wynne toward City Avenue) but these are significantly larger and more diverse.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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It's pretty well-documented that affluent, educated areas tend to be socially liberal. The Main Line is no exception.

The Philly suburbs overall have become much more liberal in recent years -- particularly on social issues. Rick Santorum or Daryl Metcalfe types would have it pretty hard finding like-minded company.
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