Moving to Mississippi, looking for a gay friendly/safe area.

  • SAEMIke

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    Mar 13, 2013 3:08 PM GMT
    Hi my boyfriend and I are moving to MS from California and I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I was wondering if there are any gay safe/friendly neighborhoods near Jackson or Flowood. We are flying out in a couple of weeks to look at potential apartments and cities and your help would give us an idea of where we should look. Thank you in advance for any info anyone can provide.
    -Mike
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    Mar 13, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    ....MS is NOT known for its progressive views on anything....a Beautiful state, lots of history, but the clock runs about 100 years slow......please be careful.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/01/illegal-to-be-gay-in-mississippi-police-shut-down-an-lgbt-march/
  • SAEMIke

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    Mar 13, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    Yeah, I know it's not the best place to move to, but it will only be for a year so we are just trying to keep safe
  • owen19832006

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    Mar 13, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    True famous state for not having progressive views on anything! civil rights not its strongest point!
  • calibro

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    Mar 13, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    new york, mississippi
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    Mar 13, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    dont expect to find a choice gym...im assuming your going for work?

    be prepared for fried chicken, everyday.. you guys will be back to CA in no timeicon_lol.gif

    http://www.examiner.com/article/fattest-state-america-again-is-mississippi


    gay safe/friendly neighborhoods near Jackson or Flowood?
    nope
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    Mar 13, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Yikes! Jackson, Mississippi is a VERY backwards place. Hell, the entire state is very ignorant. The only good news about Jackson is it's a short drive to New Orleans. We get a lot of people who come here for the weekend to unwind from living there.
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    Mar 13, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidYikes! Jackson, Mississippi is a VERY backwards place. Hell, the entire state is very ignorant. The only good news about Jackson is it's a short drive to New Orleans. We get a lot of people who come here for the weekend to unwind from living there.


    yeah. y'all come on down and chill. But in the meanwhile, buy glocks and get concealed carry permits.icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 13, 2013 11:49 PM GMT
    Mississippi needs to burn in hell.

    I'd kill myself before moving to that state...even if it's for "only a year."
  • waccamatt

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    Mar 13, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidNone of the people commenting have probably ever been to Mississippi, with the exception of the guy from New Orleans.

    When was the last time a gay guy was assaulted in MS for being gay?

    How many such assaults happen per day in MS? Per month? Per year?

    When was the last time a gay guy was murdered in MS for being gay?

    How many such murders happen per day in MS? Per month? Per year?

    Statistically, you are safer in MS than in Chicago.


    Did you really ask that question a week after this happened?

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/28/gay-murder-mississippi-politics/1953187/

    I live in the South, but Mississippi is another planet. At least I live in a very gay-friendly city in South Carolina. No such place exists in Mississippi.
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    Mar 13, 2013 11:57 PM GMT
    Good luck with that one!
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidNone of the people commenting have probably ever been to Mississippi, with the exception of the guy from New Orleans.

    When was the last time a gay guy was assaulted in MS for being gay?

    How many such assaults happen per day in MS? Per month? Per year?

    When was the last time a gay guy was murdered in MS for being gay?

    How many such murders happen per day in MS? Per month? Per year?

    Statistically, you are safer in MS than in Chicago.


    http://www.queerty.com/fbi-to-investigate-murder-of-gay-ms-politician-marco-mcmillian-as-a-hate-crime-20130308/

    uh, so there's that (edit- oops beat to the punch)

    also "statistics" are only good if all data are reported. Hate crime data from the south is notoriously under-reported for a variety of reasons so that is an apples/oranges comparison

    (Sorry I don't have any helpful info to contribute OP in your search.)
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    They'd still be owning human beings down there if they could.
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidNone of the people commenting have probably ever been to Mississippi, with the exception of the guy from New Orleans.

    When was the last time a gay guy was assaulted in MS for being gay?

    How many such assaults happen per day in MS? Per month? Per year?

    When was the last time a gay guy was murdered in MS for being gay?

    How many such murders happen per day in MS? Per month? Per year?

    Statistically, you are safer in MS than in Chicago.


    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/28/gay-murder-mississippi-politics/1953187/

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/08/hate-crimes-mississippi-oberlin-haunt-everyone

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/34112491/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/hate-crimes-against-gays-religious-groups/#.UUETVhw3tDA

    And this is a quote from the above article:

    FBI Brian Levin, director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino, warned that the national numbers may be misleading because some states — like California, New Jersey, and Ohio — are good at reporting hate crimes while others — Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi and Pennsylvania — are not.


    Yeah, real safe.
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    Southbeach was owned.
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    Didn't they just make it illegal for slavery to take place in the state like last month? (seriously google it).
    http://www.families.com/mississippi-finally-bans-slavery

    Well just be careful..at least you two are white men so you can blend in better.
  • Kairr

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    Mar 14, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    Do you have no other alternatives?
  • Suetonius

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    Mar 26, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said
    Scruffypup saidYikes! Jackson, Mississippi is a VERY backwards place. Hell, the entire state is very ignorant. The only good news about Jackson is it's a short drive to New Orleans. We get a lot of people who come here for the weekend to unwind from living there.


    yeah. y'all come on down and chill. But in the meanwhile, buy Glocks and get concealed carry permits.icon_cool.gif

    A great suggestion - (Just try getting a carry permit in California, where one really needs one.)

    A friend of mine and his partner are happily living near Biloxi - a sort of live and let live situation - but I am sure they are generally closeted when out and about, and no doubt carrying a weapon when traveling to certain areas. But then, Biloxi is a couple hours from where the OP plans to live (sort of adjacent to New Orleans).
  • SAEMIke

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    Nov 07, 2013 8:39 AM GMT
    So it's been about 3 months since I moved out here to Mississippi. I'm now living in Flowood, an awesome little city outside of Jackson. The people here are friendly, I love the greenery, but i'm not a big fan of things shutting down around 10pm. There isn't a night life in my city which is kind of a bummer since I'm used to having options in CA. Brandon and I made some good friends and we also found the Rainbow Co-Op Organic Market that has a diverse group of employees that I really like. I also heard that there is a gay friendly church in Fondren and a couple of gay bars that I might check out.
    We also keep the PDA to almost nothing, we hug here and there.
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    Nov 07, 2013 9:39 AM GMT
    Actually Starkville is gay friendly where Southern Miss is college town
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    Nov 07, 2013 10:01 AM GMT
    If you are gay and living in Mississippi, I'd recommend Hattiesburg or the gulf coast . Jackson is a cesspool, and one of the highest murder rates in the country period. Hattiesburg and the gulf coastal cities have thriving gay communities and q growing demand for gay bars.
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    Nov 07, 2013 12:33 PM GMT
    Hey I live in New Orleans but I'm in Jackson once a week. It's not really a gay place..they're actually still kinda caught up on interracial relationships..though there are tons of gay guys there it seems they're all closeted or try to be at least . They don't have my normal gym there so I'm using Planet fitness when I'm there which is interesting in itself.I might be moving there soon enough though so if we.both end up. There I'll be sure to make sure u guys come with us whenever we come down to party in nola
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    Nov 07, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    SAEMIke saidSo it's been about 3 months since I moved out here to Mississippi. I'm now living in Flowood, an awesome little city outside of Jackson. The people here are friendly, I love the greenery, but i'm not a big fan of things shutting down around 10pm. There isn't a night life in my city which is kind of a bummer since I'm used to having options in CA. Brandon and I made some good friends and we also found the Rainbow Co-Op Organic Market that has a diverse group of employees that I really like. I also heard that there is a gay friendly church in Fondren and a couple of gay bars that I might check out.
    We also keep the PDA to almost nothing, we hug here and there.


    this was nice to read -- glad it's *somewhat* working out for you guys. though, I would have suggested closer to the coast (Biloxi/Gulfport area).
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    Nov 07, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    SAEMIke saidSo it's been about 3 months since I moved out here to Mississippi. I'm now living in Flowood, an awesome little city outside of Jackson. The people here are friendly, I love the greenery, but i'm not a big fan of things shutting down around 10pm. There isn't a night life in my city which is kind of a bummer since I'm used to having options in CA. Brandon and I made some good friends and we also found the Rainbow Co-Op Organic Market that has a diverse group of employees that I really like. I also heard that there is a gay friendly church in Fondren and a couple of gay bars that I might check out.
    We also keep the PDA to almost nothing, we hug here and there.


    Thanks for posting and showing that living anywhere outside of New York / Washington DC / Los Angeles / San Francisco / Seattle / Chicago is not a life-threatening act.

    How do you feel about the fact that many people on this website view all of your neighbors and friends you've made in MS as hateful, homophobic, backwards bigots?
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    Nov 07, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
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    SAEMIke saidSo it's been about 3 months since I moved out here to Mississippi. I'm now living in Flowood, an awesome little city outside of Jackson. The people here are friendly, I love the greenery, but i'm not a big fan of things shutting down around 10pm. There isn't a night life in my city which is kind of a bummer since I'm used to having options in CA. Brandon and I made some good friends and we also found the Rainbow Co-Op Organic Market that has a diverse group of employees that I really like. I also heard that there is a gay friendly church in Fondren and a couple of gay bars that I might check out.
    We also keep the PDA to almost nothing, we hug here and there.


    Thanks for posting and showing that living anywhere outside of New York / Washington DC / Los Angeles / San Francisco / Seattle / Chicago is not a life-threatening act.

    How do you feel about the fact that many people on this website view all of your neighbors and friends you've made in MS as hateful, homophobic, backwards bigots?


    I'm pretty sure that's not what everyone meant. And to be honest, I think they had good reason to be a bit negative.. A lot of people in and around my city are very homophobic, and I think most of the rest of Missisippi's no different.

    I'm glad to hear the original poster found a place he likes, though icon_smile.gif