Is it a gay thing or a Florida thing?

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    Jul 08, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Living in Florida most of my life, I 've noticed that most of my childhood straight friends are still living in the same general area of NY while nearly all my earliest gay friends have long since moved away.

    The US population as a whole has become more migratory for sure but my experience has been that most gay guys don't stay put for very long. Maybe it's just Florida that people want to get away from?? I'd be interested in reading if anyone else has noticed this trend and possible reasons behind it.
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    Jul 08, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    If it weren't for the weather, I would have already considered moving.
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    Jul 08, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    I moved to Florida in 2002 , and it seems that most people from their late 20s to the late 30s seem to move away.. however I do live in NE Florida.. it seems that they stay as long as they can take it, then move away, and eventually find their way back once they get into their 40s.

    But I dont think this is a Florida thing,, I think alot of gay guys move to the gay mecca's .. to find more acceptance.. hopefully things all across the country will one day change where they don't feel the need to do that..

    so to answer your question.. its a gay thing. imo
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    Jul 08, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Of my large extended family I'm the only one that left Florida, and I'm the only one that's gay. But I left one gay mecca (Miami) for another (Manhattan) for career prospects.
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    Jul 08, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    I left FL after college for better career prospects -- and I was hoping to have more luck finding a bf. Fortunately for me I found both!
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    I love living in FL except for the humidity, which is why CA looks more and more tempting each year when i visit my brother. I just cant stand the heat and humidity.
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Pistons saidI love living in FL except for the humidity, which is why CA looks more and more tempting each year when i visit my brother. I just cant stand the heat and humidity.
    I don't mind the humidity. It's the traffic that gets on my nerves.
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    FloridaCarFan saidLiving in Florida most of my life, I 've noticed that most of my childhood straight friends are still living in the same general area of NY while nearly all my earliest gay friends have long since moved away.

    The US population as a whole has become more migratory for sure but my experience has been that most gay guys don't stay put for very long. Maybe it's just Florida that people want to get away from?? I'd be interested in reading if anyone else has noticed this trend and possible reasons behind it.


    The only reason you notice is it's your friends moving away.....icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    I was transferred to Florida for a year when I was 25 and realized in a matter of time it was not where I wanted to buy a home and stay put. At 26 was transferred with the same job to Dallas and made a good life here.
    Florida is a vacation spot for a guy like me. Being from the midwest.. I really missed having my 4 seasons. Plus gays in their early 20's are just starting to spread their wings and fly. The best time in life to test the waters and find what place floats your boat.
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
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    Pistons saidI love living in FL except for the humidity, which is why CA looks more and more tempting each year when i visit my brother. I just cant stand the heat and humidity.
    I don't mind the humidity. It's the traffic that gets on my nerves.


    I had that problem living in miami. Now I live out in the country among ranches and farms so traffic is never an issue, no traffic signals, school zones, or rush hr.
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    Pistons said
    paulflexes said
    Pistons saidI love living in FL except for the humidity, which is why CA looks more and more tempting each year when i visit my brother. I just cant stand the heat and humidity.
    I don't mind the humidity. It's the traffic that gets on my nerves.


    I had that problem living in miami. Now I live out in the country among ranches and farms so traffic is never an issue, no traffic signals, school zones, or rush hr.
    I wish I could move out to the Big Cypress reservation. I've landed in a field there just to take in the fresh air (and a piss)...beautiful country. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    gay are always moving because they are hoping to find love somehwere else
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    HavenJock80 said gay are always moving because they are hoping to find love somehwere else
    No they're not. They're waiting for love to come to them and posting threads about it. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 08, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    I tried to get away from Alabama...somehow I got sucked right back into this blackhole. Multiple times.
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    Jul 08, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    Its a Florida thing... with low pay, high unemployment, and overvalued real estate (unless you wanna live in a crap neighborhood) a lot of people have been leaving, looking at leaving, or are trapped here so they can't escape. Climate is nice, but its just not easy to make a decent living here. And if your not in South Florida, Orlando, or Tampa Bay, the gay scene is relatively nonexistent. I'm starting to suffer from cabin fever myself in my small Florida city.
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    Jul 08, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    i've found that a good size of the CO crowd has stayed put. There's always those few. But I don't see a lot of people ever moving out of state here - gay or straight.
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    Jul 08, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    DaSpecial1 saidIts a Florida thing... with low pay, high unemployment, and overvalued real estate (unless you wanna live in a crap neighborhood) a lot of people have been leaving, looking at leaving, or are trapped here so they can't escape. Climate is nice, but its just not easy to make a decent living here. And if your not in South Florida, Orlando, or Tampa Bay, the gay scene is relatively nonexistent. I'm starting to suffer from cabin fever myself in my small Florida city.
    I may be in Marco Island tomorrow around 9am if ya wanna meet up for brunch. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 08, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidI tried to get away from Alabama...somehow I got sucked right back into this blackhole. Multiple times.


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    Jul 08, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    Totally a gay thing, moved here to figure it all out, has worked, kina haha
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    Jul 08, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    Johnnyhotsauce saidTotally a gay thing, moved here to figure it all out, has worked, kina haha
    Too bad you had to work late, though. We coulda totally gotten wasted and stuff. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 09, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    for me, it was a decision to go to the best grad school I could get into...I miss Florida and yet I do not regret my decision to move.
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    Jul 10, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    DaSpecial1 saidIts a Florida thing... with low pay, high unemployment, and overvalued real estate (unless you wanna live in a crap neighborhood) a lot of people have been leaving, looking at leaving, or are trapped here so they can't escape. Climate is nice, but its just not easy to make a decent living here. And if your not in South Florida, Orlando, or Tampa Bay, the gay scene is relatively nonexistent. I'm starting to suffer from cabin fever myself in my small Florida city.


    That's what my friends who've moved away keep telling me. Tampa has a decent lifestyle for both gay and straight..and for the momenet "knock on wood" I have a decent job. I can relate to feeling trapped. traded up to a nicer house at the top of the market.. back then you'd think prices would never come back down.. something about hindsight.