New study on gay life.Interesting

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    Aug 05, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    http://www.afterelton.com/blog/snicks/goodbye-city-life-green-gaycres-is-the-place-to-be

    LOGO (our mother ship) has released the results of a months-long study that shows that a lot of younger gays are eschewing big city life in favor of joining smaller communities, while still living openly and maintaining their identities.

    The project, which was completed earlier this year, raises some interesting points:

    A vast majority (79 percent) of gay people think it’s important to integrate into the greater culture and 64 percent are open about their sexual orientation to at least their family members.
    Less than half of gay people want to live in the city and a majority want to live in suburbia or small-town America. Regardless of where they want to live, 58 percent want to live closer to other gay people.
    Two-thirds of younger gay people expect to be partnered with kids at some point in their adulthood, while less than a third of gays 35 and older expect the same.
    Younger gay people have an even mix of gay and straight friends.
    Overall, gay people rank marriage equality as the number one issue about which they’re passionate, followed by the environment, health care and the economy.

    “We’re trading in West Hollywood for West Texas and big disposable incomes for disposable diapers,” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo. “Most important, we’re integrating without abandoning our community or sense of identity. These developments are good for LGBT people and good for America."
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    Aug 05, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    Interesting indeed, since I'm one of the younger gays the article speaks of and I happen to hate cities and want to raise a family someday. LOL
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    Sedative saidInteresting indeed, since I'm one of the younger gays the article speaks of and I happen to hate cities and want to raise a family someday. LOL


    I don't want to have kids. How about having a robot kitty or doggy? is that enough? icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    Sedative saidInteresting indeed, since I'm one of the younger gays the article speaks of and I happen to hate cities and want to raise a family someday. LOL

    How are you planning on raising a family?
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Smaller cities, like the one I currently live in, can really be great. Life is slower. Less traffic. Less crime. And while you don't have as much "community," that also means you don't have as many distractions if you are in a relationship. No bar drama. No gym drama.

    When I lived in Dallas, I lived in the "gay ghetto." It wasn't until I moved out that I realized how small my world had become and that all the people I associated with were other white, thirty-something gay guys like myself. There is so much more to the world and I think "gay communities" are great, but getting out and away from those into the bigger world is real key to our integration into society.
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    More and more often I see babies and toddlers and internally go 'awwww'...and it kinda scares me.
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    I can't think of anything worse than raising kids in surburdia.

    At least someone's got to stick to the traditionnal values.
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    dancedd said

    I don't want to have kids. How about having a robot kitty or doggy? is that enough? icon_cool.gif


    That too. LOL

    Caslon5000How are you planning on raising a family?


    Well... hopefully by procuring human juveniles legally and training them in the fine art of Global Subjugation. If that fails, I may think about abduction. icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 05, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Thank God I did not make a mistakes living in "Passport City" as a famous resident of Dallas calls McKinney TX.

  • Aug 06, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    having kids is over-rated and not for me I was gay for a reason not to reproduce. I would probably be paying child support if I was a breeder .
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    Aug 06, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I am not surprised by the survey results. As gays become more accepted in society, they will feel more comfortable living where and how they want, and not feel pressured to live in a "ghetto".

    As for kids, I hope more gay couples have them. The ability to reproduce, and the ability to raise kids is very poorly correlated. If there was a strong positive correlation the prisons and psychiatric wards would be a lot less crowded.
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    Aug 06, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    trading in my disposable income for disposable diapers? yuck! no thanks!
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    Aug 06, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    Well, I won't be living in small town or city any time soon. I suppose it could happen but I think I'd be bored out of my skull. I like big city life, for the gay community but more because big city life offers more in terms of access to cultural events-- theatre, musicals, opera, concerts, exhibitions and gallery openings. (Yes, I'm one of those gays...)

    But I do want kids. Absolutely, without a doubt, which is why I imagine New York will not be my home in the long-term. Probably London; it's a great place for getting the best of both-- city life with little pockets of quiet and safe places to raise kids.
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    Aug 06, 2008 9:10 PM GMT
    want the partner, wouldn't terribly mind suburbia, but hell to the no on kids.