Moving to Charlotte, NC

  • jhill2456

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    Jul 19, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    I'm excited about this. I just want to know what is there to do, where to go, the best gym. Looking forward to getting myself settled and get a crew to hang with.
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    Jul 20, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    jhill2456 saidI'm excited about this. I just want to know what is there to do,
    Leave.

    jhill2456 saidwhere to go,
    North, south, east, west...anywhere but there.

    jhill2456 saidthe best gym.
    Good luck finding one with gay friendly members.

    jhill2456 saidLooking forward to getting myself settled and get a crew to hang with.
    I wish you luck. You'll need it. icon_biggrin.gif
  • waccamatt

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    Jul 20, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    I'm in Columbia, about 90 miles from Charlotte. Charlotte is all right - not my favorite place, but you'll find a niche there.
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    Jul 20, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    Its a come-down from having lived in S CA but at my age I don't need all that action.

    Dowd Y/Morehead, plenty of gay men go there but they are really spread out all over town. This is the granddaddy of all local Y's and not child-centric.

    Bars are all over (no gay ghetto here), work on that when u get here.

    Q-notes (dot com) is the gay paper...smallish gay center exists also.

    Should get lively when the Democratic convention comes to town around Labor Day.

    White Party (for charity) the 15th of Sept, pretty damn big.

    email me (wesbjack@yahoo.com) before coming in, I will take you to the Y or just whatever you want to cover.

    Wes
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    Jul 20, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
    I love Charlotte.... it has a really unique vibe. North Carolina is the most progressive Southern State and has some VERY progressive areas. (Asheville, NC is not as gayfriendly as Provincetown, but almost)

    There is a unique vibe... and I have found that the gay community is small, but robust and very, very friendly. I have been accepted pretty easily and enjoy myself a lot. The HRC Gala last year had more attendees and raised more money than any other in the Nation. Charlotte has spent a lot of money on infrastructure and it is obvious.

    Dont get me wrong,... NC has pockets of the dumbest, most homophobic rednecks in America... but I actually live in SC so I am immune. The gay community in Charlotte has a lot of allies, especially after the passage of Amendment One. You will be very comfortable there.

    Start your evening at one of the many restaurants. The Johnson and Wales Culinary School is right downtown and therefore, Charlotte has some excellent restaurants. Then head over to 316, the gay "drinking club" bar... it is a nice bar and the bartenders are friendly. Go outside and stand on the balcony... it will be crowded and nobody will be inside.

    From there, you can go to various different bars. There is a gay sports bar that I like called Sidelines. There is a gay chorus, a gay rugby team and now a gay spa called Bear Kneads which specializes in massages for men.

    Check out the Pocket Rocket magazine.... it is fun.