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Old 09-08-2012, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Texarkana
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I am looking to relocate to Shreveport,LA soon. However, I am sort of hesitant. What is open gay life in this area like? Is this a tolerant town and does it have a Gay-bor-hood? What type of services are offered for GLBT residents? Is there any kind of pride events that take place here? What sort of GLBT owner and operated businesses are there and is there a GLBT Chamber? Should I change plans and head to New Orleans? How easy is it to meet other like minded people here?
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:35 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I'm trans and haven't had any issues at all here as far as things like violence and vandalism etc. I've been fired from my job, however, pre transition (I was pretty openly effeminate). Lots of people are in the closet however, because religion here is HUGE (mostly baptist from my experience) and people have difficulty coming out to loved ones. I wouldn't say it has a gayborhood... but I think the Highland area is probably the closet to it because I've seen a couple rainbow flags in the area.

There aren't any pride events except the pink party (which happens once a year). Honestly you would be safe in the Shreveport / Bossier City city limits, as I've never been harassed (openly). Don't go outside of that area though... the little rural towns like Frierson or Keithville give me more of the creeps than some of the ghettos here.

Meeting others in the LGBT isn't very difficult. Shreveport has an LGBT club called Central Station, a lesbian bar called Neverland, and a gay bar called Korners Lounge (which is one of the oldest continuously opened gay bars in the USA). In fact if you moved here while I am still living here, I would love to welcome you here and show you around

All that said, I am personally going to New Orleans. I can't help but get the feeling that many people avoid me if they know I'm trans. Of course, being trans is a WHOLE different lifestyle than being gay, lesbian, or bi. Maybe you wouldn't have some of the turn offs about the town that I have.

But 1 thing is for sure... if hearing about God is a turn off to you, don't come here!
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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This week, in fact, PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality), a local LGBT advocacy group, is hosting its annual Shreveport-Bossier Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. This year's festival emcee was Margaret Cho.

Here is their website: PACE Home
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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Thank you for your reply. I love film festivals.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Thank you for your reply. I love film festivals.
Well, they do it every year. And they always have a gay or lesbian celebrity emcee.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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Also, the closest thing Shreveport has to a Gayborhood would be the old Highland area. Highland is VERY hit-and-miss as far as crime is concerned, but in the past decade or so it's become a more up-and-coming area for artists. And as you know, artistic communities often are very welcoming to the LGBT community. Broadmoor is also a charming area, but I'm not sure how gay-friendly it is. But as I said, it IS charming.

Good luck. Just remember that, while Shreveport are close geographically, they are worlds apart culturally. You will not find everyone to be welcoming, but I would get in touch with PACE because they will really be able to help you get settled in here.

You can always message me if you need anything. Bear in mind that I'm not gay so I don't know which local hangouts are most inviting, but I feel certain they will.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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The buffet at the Horseshoe Casino is absolutely incredible in Shreveport. I don't gamble but I did manage to eat like I have never eaten before, it's a good thing I had on my stretch pants that day....LOL
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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^ Okay, that was totally random...
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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FWIW, a guy at work who was openly gay recently moved because he wanted a more metro setting with a larger gay community. Shreveport is (was) his hometown but he said he needed to move because of the too conservative clique in local business and felt his being a gay man would work against him career-wise here than it would in a larger city. Something worth noting.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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FWIW, a guy at work who was openly gay recently moved because he wanted a more metro setting with a larger gay community. Shreveport is (was) his hometown but he said he needed to move because of the too conservative clique in local business and felt his being a gay man would work against him career-wise here than it would in a larger city. Something worth noting.
It definitely is worth noting. The conservatism in the entire community is a bit much for the LGBT community. I can't lie and say it wouldn't be hard to find your place here, that's for sure.
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