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Old 01-01-2008, 05:42 PM
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Originally Posted by sunsetrunjibbz8l View Post
I am a 26 year old single woman who is looking to locate to Florida at some point during this winter. I am trying to research the various areas of the state and have been told that I may like tampa. I do hold a degree in professional communications, but I'd ideally like to start graduate school within the next semester to pursue a degree in education. I'd like to teach younger children as a long term goal. I am looking for an area with DECENT public transportation as I unfortunately can't drive due to having Epilepsy (i am otherwise healthy). Also, I know some people say it doesn't matter, but I'm a lesbian so I would prefer to live in an area that is very "gay friendly". any information that you could give me about tampa neighborhoods, colleges, friendliness levels, etc would be greatly appreciated! i want to try to get down south by april!
I'd suggest downtown St. Pete, Kenwood or Gulfport..these are very gay friendly areas in Pinellas County, Pinellas has a better handle on public transportation then Hillsborough in my opinion(although South Tampa public transportation is decent).
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:32 AM
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Default Tampa trans is very limited

Originally Posted by mquintana View Post
I remember reading this on the Florida thread. Tampa does offer public transportation. I haven't seen anyone react weirdly to lesbians or gays here...so I deem this to be a "gay friendly" area. College-USF, U of T, HCC, and other little colleges that have distance learning (such as DeVry). You could try Ybor. There are a lot of things to do there!

For some reason if you have to take more than one bus, the connections are not timed to meet up. you wind up sitting in the station or on a corner for an hour. They've cut some lines so it's almost impossible to go from University to any place else and you wouldn't want to stand on some of those corners especially after dark. This is not unusual in Southern cities as pub. trans is seen primarily to be for suburbanites who travel in and out of the suburbs one time a day. another thing I thought about with St. Pete is that it is pretty compact so cabs won't cost a fortune although they will cost a fair amount to go any distance. Get settled on a bus line and make friends with cars. That's just about everyone you meet.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:35 PM
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I'm gay.

I don't Drive.

I moved here from Boston.

Dying to go back.

Don't do it. There are gay people here, but they either are into drugs and getting hammered every day or "don't associate with gays". Go figure that last one, but it's true. There are a FEW decent people here, but it's just not all that great if you're gay.

Transport absolutley SUCKS.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:33 PM
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Definitely downtown St. Pete-- Kenwood, Old Southeast, most places pretty close in (as long as you avoid the parts that are obviously ghetto).
Dunedin is also extremely walkable and pretty gay-friendly, but nowhere near a school, and getting there by bus would take you an horrific amount of time and energy.
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