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Old 04-14-2011, 06:41 AM
 
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Ok, so after much discussion, my partner and I have thought about retiring in the Wakulla County Area. Rural, we do not care for nightlife more into scenery. Heard it is a bit redneck, I am a Hilljack from them thar hills of northern Appalachia so this doesn't bother me. We are wondering what attitudes locals have concerning gay couples. We understand that there are haters of one sort or another everywhere but just want to live without being targetted. Just because I am a damn good shot with a firearm doesn't mean I want to defend life at every turn. Understanding that Tallahassee is but a short distance away, is the area semi progressive? Any chance we would get along with the locals?
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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Ok, so after much discussion, my partner and I have thought about retiring in the Wakulla County Area. Rural, we do not care for nightlife more into scenery. Heard it is a bit redneck, I am a Hilljack from them thar hills of northern Appalachia so this doesn't bother me. We are wondering what attitudes locals have concerning gay couples. We understand that there are haters of one sort or another everywhere but just want to live without being targetted. Just because I am a damn good shot with a firearm doesn't mean I want to defend life at every turn. Understanding that Tallahassee is but a short distance away, is the area semi progressive? Any chance we would get along with the locals?
You should look into living one county to the north.

Tallahassee may look conservative to the casual observer but it is a fairly liberal and tolerant place as far as gays go.

Wakulla...not so much...their nickname isn't "We'llkillya County" for nothing.

You can live in a rural area and still be no more than a few minutes from Tallahassee off the north and east sides of the city.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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I would definitely look to Tallahassee proper, not even the outskirts of Leon County. I'm sure some of the coastal parts of Wakulla would be more laid-back, but you're probably not liable to meet other openly gay people down there.
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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I would definitely look to Tallahassee proper, not even the outskirts of Leon County. I'm sure some of the coastal parts of Wakulla would be more laid-back, but you're probably not liable to meet other openly gay people down there.
"Tallahassee proper" is pretty green anyway. I feel like I live in the country despite being only blocks away from shopping, etc.
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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"Tallahassee proper" is pretty green anyway. I feel like I live in the country despite being only blocks away from shopping, etc.
Oh definitely. I wasn't trying to debate that. It's so much fun (and a little creepy at night) driving down Old Bainbridge: a narrow, two-lane road covered in trees. I think the most forested neighborhood in town is the Indian Head area, that one off Magnolia past Lafayette.
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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Oh definitely. I wasn't trying to debate that. It's so much fun (and a little creepy at night) driving down Old Bainbridge: a narrow, two-lane road covered in trees. I think the most forested neighborhood in town is the Indian Head area, that one off Magnolia past Lafayette.
I live off Centerville and I love my drive to work. I can drive on canopy roads almost the entire way in to downtown.

There's a reason so many people in this town drive convertibles.
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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I live off Centerville and I love my drive to work. I can drive on canopy roads almost the entire way in to downtown.

There's a reason so many people in this town drive convertibles.
I can really appreciate and admire the canopy roads in town; there aren't any other Florida cities with them. But they're also part of my love/hate relationship with Tallahassee. If I'm in a city, I like to feel like I'm in a city. Oh well, it's just a minor non-issue.

I've never driven up Centerville, but Miccosukee is nice. One of these days I'm going to take Centerville up to the Centerville store and Meridian up into Georgia.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:22 PM
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I've never driven up Centerville, but Miccosukee is nice. One of these days I'm going to take Centerville up to the Centerville store and Meridian up into Georgia.
I take Meridian into GA frequently - it's actually become a tradition when I'm heading back up to Atlanta. It eventually intersects Hwy 319 in Beachton, the small community (if even that) between TLH and Thomasville. I've also driven Centerville a few times into the Miccosukee community, which will intersect a road that will take you north through Metcalf, GA and into T'ville.

Getting back to the orginal topic ... just a guess, but Wakulla is probably not the most open-minded place you could live.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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That drive up north Meridian is really pretty too. I think a lot of people come to Tallahassee and never see anything except the awful strip malls on Monroe and Apalachee.

Anyway, back to the topic: I wouldn't say Wakulla is some kind of Hillbilly Hell, but a gay couple really would be more comfortable in Tallahassee.

I know several long-term gay couples that live here, some are notable local citizens and prominent attorneys. I've not noticed any appreciable homophobia here in 24 years...

One gay couple moved here from Denver and said that they were really amazed at how no one cared or made a big deal over them being gay - saying it was much worse in Denver. Like a lot of people, they thought living in the Deep South was going to be some kind of culture shock.

And it was, but it was more in a good way.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Thanks for the info folks. It helps. I happen to have a rare convertible...lol...and canopy roads are fun.
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