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Old 01-17-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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I have heard nothing but good reports about the Raleigh Durham area as having a lot of attractions for the GLBT person. Is this true? Are their gay organizations and activities for one to participate in besides the bars? Are there a lot of Gay Bars. North Carolina is known for being a very conservative state. I have relatives about an hour a way and was thinking of moving there because the job market is supposedly good too. I will be a Special Education Teacher. Are there jobs available in the public schools? I have also seen statistics that the area has a good economy. It must certainly be better than it is here in Tucson Arizona.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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There are multiple threads on these subjects.

I know many gay people who are very happy to be in the Triangle area, and they don't all go to bars.

The economy is not what you might call thriving.

The Wake County school system, like most school systems these days, is facing budget cuts. Perhaps Special Ed teachers will find it easier, I don't know. The topic has been covered in other threads.

I highly recommend using the "Advanced Search" function of this board. It's very useful.

You should visit first before deciding to move.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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When I think of gay I think of San Francisco, Key West, etc...not Raleigh.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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not an abundance of jobs here. especially in the school systems. Don't move anywhere without a job first.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I think none of your information is correct. Yes, there is a gay community but it's pretty small. The events I know of are mixers at bars, events at the Raleigh community center and occasional fund raisers, performances etc. There are two or three Meetup groups. One is a monthly pot luck type of event. Others might be hiking etc. On paper this seems like a lot, but you'll still have a lot of free time.

As others have said, the economy is not doing well here. Don't move here unless you lave a job offer.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You're really asking two VERY different questions

What is the gay community like here? (I am gay and have been Out for 30 years). There is a very active community, though it may take a little to "tap into". There are all kinds of activities, clubs, arts and sports groups, a professional guild, an LGBT Center, and yes, a couple of bars. You can PM me for specifics, but I'll post links here since this topic comes up every now and then (you should search the forum as well). NC overall is actually a "purple" state that went for Obama in 2008 and both of our Senators--one a Republican--voted to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell; in generally the urban areas are "Blue" and the rural areas are "Red". It's certainly conservative compared to, say, NY, but not compared to, say, Oklahoma.

LGBT Center of Raleigh

Q-Notes, NC's GLBT newspaper (though published in Charlotte and mostly Charlotte-centric).

The Triangle, our local GLBT paper (still fairly new).

The "Greater Raleigh Gay & Lesbian Visitors' Guide".

Your second question about the job market is different: NC's unemployment is high and what jobs there are have hundreds of applicants as people from more expensive states clamor to move here. Anything you've seen saying the economy in NC is "good" is probably outdated, as a lot has changed in the past 2 years. The state is in a $3.7 billion deficit which means the state govt (including teachers) will suffer cuts. However, I understand that Special Ed is the best job market for teachers? So thee might still be openings there. Note that the Wake County (Raleigh) school system is in the nationa news right now for a controversial new School board majority who are looking to change the student assigment scheme. You should google "Wake county school board" to get caught up on that situation. You also should look into neighboring systems such as Johnston County, Durham county, and Chatham county.

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Old 01-18-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Hey there...I'm planning a move to Wake county and I'm also a certified teacher. I've been following the whole political mess of the school district, etc and although there will be some belt tightening, I would be shocked and amazed if a special ed teacher with good credentials and references would have trouble finding a niche in Wake county.

Have you been to Wake County Public School System Some say there are no jobs for teachers...but there are many ads for positions of all kinds there posted weekly. Towards the end of february/march they will begin posting for August start dates. Just don't expect a contract!

I lie awake at night wishing I had the guts to get a special ed cert.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Thank you all for your information, opinions and suggestions! They were very helpful.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Thank you. Silly Question, how do I PM you?
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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Thank you. Silly Question, how do I PM you?
Click on his user name and select "send a private message" from the drop-down menu,
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