Where's Good To Go In America

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    Jun 10, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    Hey - I'm a Brit spending the summer working / traveling in the USA and was just wondering where the best cities / states are for a gay friendly atmosphere and which ones are to be avoided.

    For example I've heard San Francisco is pretty good, but quite flamboyant which I suspect I might find a bit overwhelming, any suggestions / advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 11, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    Most all big cities are relatively gay-friendly. Just stay away from the Bible Belt and you'll be fine!
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    Jun 11, 2008 4:45 AM GMT
    Washington DC is fine.
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    Jun 11, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    I agree with the above statements. I would also highly recommend Providence, Rhode Island (and the state as a whole). Rhode Island has a lot to offer historically and scenically as well as sinply being a gorgeous summer destination. From Block Island to Newport, it is truly unique.

    In providence throughout the summer, the small city hosts an event called Waterfire. Here is the link-

    http://www.waterfire.org/

    The city is very romantic and very gay-friendly.



    Some other links of interest for RI include-

    http://www.providenceri.com/
    http://www.gonewport.com/
    http://www.newportmansions.org/
    http://www.blockislandinfo.com/
    http://www.southcountyri.com/
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    Jun 11, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    P town
    Laguna Beach, CA
    Chicago. IL
    Palm Beach, FL
    Palm Springs, CA
    Scottsdale, AZ

    All cities that I love and that I feel that I can sit there with my bf and not worry about anything.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 11, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    Given everything that it has to offer
    the best place has to be New York City
    It's extremely gay friendly
    You've got Chelsea and Greenwich Village
    Hello....Broadway?
    The best shopping in the world
    Central Park ... the Christopher St Pier
    All with a backdrop like nothing else in the worldicon_cool.gif
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    Jun 11, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Don't count out the Bible belt. We have thriving gay communities here in Dallas, Houston and Austin. (Although the heat might overwhelm you if you're not used to it.)

    If you're going to be in CA, you might consider San Diego, which has a much more laid-back vibe than the SF Bay Area. Hillcrest is SD's gayborhood.

    That said, you're not going to see much in the way of flambuoyance in SF unless you hang out in the Castro and environs. For the most part, it's just another big US city (albeit in an amazing location).
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    Jun 11, 2008 6:19 AM GMT
    huh the way that i would interpret that sentence from my dialect of english....

    wheres good to go means where can i go without getting killed.

    essentially everywhere. America is not that homophobic that if your visiting you need to worry about where you are
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    Jun 11, 2008 8:01 AM GMT
    Waffle House & House of Waffles.
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    Jun 11, 2008 1:16 PM GMT
    There are plenty of smaller cities that are gay friendly, even in the American South. Just a few:

    Asheville, North Carolina
    Savannah, Georgia
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Wilmington, North Carolina
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    Jun 11, 2008 1:28 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]dave444 said[/cite]Hey - I'm a Brit spending the summer working / traveling in the USA and was just wondering where the best cities / states are for a gay friendly atmosphere and which ones are to be avoided.

    For example I've heard San Francisco is pretty good, but quite flamboyant which I suspect I might find a bit overwhelming, any suggestions / advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks[/quote

    New York City
    ProvinceTown
    Chicago
    San Francisco.....(go and see for yourself)
    Miami
  • Koaa2

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    Jun 11, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    I would recommend staying away from the South, Texas, etc. still discriminate against gays as much as possible.
    I think CA is the place to focus on. Of course I live in Palm Springs area, think it has best of all, close to LA and SD and not that far from SF. Palm Springs hot in summer, but can always stay at clothing optional gay resort and use the pool a lot. Have fun.
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    Jun 11, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    Koaa2 saidI would recommend staying away from the South, Texas, etc. still discriminate against gays as much as possible.
    I think CA is the place to focus on. Of course I live in Palm Springs area, think it has best of all, close to LA and SD and not that far from SF. Palm Springs hot in summer, but can always stay at clothing optional gay resort and use the pool a lot. Have fun.

    As I said, earlier, don't count us out. Sure, stay away from the deep, rural south, but you'll have no problem in the urban areas. (That's true also in the west and midwest - if anything, I'd recommend staying away from Wyoming.) There aren't posses or lynch mobs out hunting for flame boys. Also, Galveston has a thriving gay community.
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    Jun 11, 2008 2:08 PM GMT
    Your Buddy on the Big Muddy.... New Orleans. very gay-friendly, historic, great food and music..... And me.icon_wink.gif
  • Koaa2

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    Jun 11, 2008 2:14 PM GMT
    Never been to New Orleans. Whats there to do there after you eat, listen to some music and do you?
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    Jun 11, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    Buckwheet saidWaffle House & House of Waffles.
    and don't forget Der Waffel Haus
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    Jun 11, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    Fort Lauderdale is great! Was there last year and going back this year. Everyone is very friendly.
  • Salubrious

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    Jun 11, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    Stay away from Cleveland... but that's mostly cause the city isn't all that great. I haven't had any personal experience, but I was told that Atlanta (or was it Hotlanta) had a good gay scene.
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    Jun 11, 2008 2:33 PM GMT
    Okay I'm biased, but come to New England. It's beautiful in the summer and usually not too hot. Boston is a great walkable city (unlike many in the US), and there's plenty to do and see. Mountains, sea coast (both sandy and rocky), museums, musical performances, theatre, etc.

    Also, most of the town around here have the same names as English towns, so you'll feel right at home.
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    matt45710 saidOkay I'm biased, but come to New England. It's beautiful in the summer and usually not too hot. Boston is a great walkable city (unlike many in the US), and there's plenty to do and see. Mountains, sea coast (both sandy and rocky), museums, musical performances, theatre, etc.

    Also, most of the town around here have the same names as English towns, so you'll feel right at home.
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    Matt-

    I find it funny that you said that New England isn't too hot...especially give the last four days.

    That being said, I'm relatively new to the Boston area and I'm still finding things that shock and amaze me here. Boston is a great city, for everyone!

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 11, 2008 3:16 PM GMT
    I think it really depends on what you enjoy doing and want to see. The big cities are great. I'd want to see NYC and maybe Chicago.. Washington DC. The National Parks are wonderful. I love the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, etc. So many things.....
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    The West Coast is fantastic, lots of outdoor adventures besides the city activities - my favorite cities are:

    1. Portland, Oregon (my hometown)
    2. San Francisco, California
    3. Seattle, Washington
    4. Los Angeles, California
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    Jun 11, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    San Francisco, CA and Miami Beach, FL (the South Beach area) are your two best bets.
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    Jun 11, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    matt45710 saidOkay I'm biased, but come to New England. It's beautiful in the summer and usually not too hot. Boston is a great walkable city (unlike many in the US), and there's plenty to do and see. Mountains, sea coast (both sandy and rocky), museums, musical performances, theatre, etc.

    Also, most of the town around here have the same names as English towns, so you'll feel right at home.
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    I second this. I LOVE New England. Gorgeous architecture, historical setting, beaches, cliffs, islands to explore, small and large friendly cities, martha's vinyard, cape cod, block island, newport, cafe's, pub's, clubs, small shops, all around great.
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    Jun 11, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    Koaa2 saidI would recommend staying away from the South, Texas, etc. still discriminate against gays as much as possible.
    Er, not quite true. Any major city in Texas has a thriving gay culture. Don't exhibit public displays of affection in small towns and rural areas...but that's also true in New York, Virginia, and California.