Gay cities for the rest of us

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    Apr 16, 2013 1:43 PM GMT
    Which cities in the U.S. have a good gay vibe and are inexpensive to live in? (I am not talking about visiting.)

    There used to be a time a gay man from flyover country would escape to NYC, San Fran, maybe LA. But these cities have become too gentrified and just too exhorbitantly expensive to be realistic destinations for the 99% to live in.

    So where do gay men go nowadays to escape small town life?

    Here in Providence, RI, there is just nothing much for gay people. It is a small town. There is no gay neighborhood, no gay coffee shops (any more), a couple of small bars only that are depressingly empty 5 days week. I go for weeks without seeing any known or unknown gay people in the gym, supermarket, coffee shop, on the street, or at work. I don't even bother anymore with appearance - just throw on any old raggedy clothes when I leave the apartment because I know I will not run into anybody I might like to meet. It is a lonely existence. I have had only 5 dates in three years, whereas I am told in some cities people actually date other people more often than that. I am falling into a depression.

    And please don't tell me to join gay sports teams, book clubs, etc., or meetup.com. I have looked into it and there is nothing here I'm interested in. I want to live somewhere where I shouldn't have to go so far out of my way just not to feel like I am the only gay person in the world.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    Check out cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Houston. Smaller cities that are progressive and interesting are Madison WI, Ann Arbor MI, Bloomington IN, Ithaca NY, and Burlington VT.
  • rnch

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, Easter, H'ween, New years' eve.....I suggest you check out New Orleans, LA, USA.

    Compared to other cities and "gay meccas" New Orleans is a quite affordable city to live in respects to rents, real estate purchases, property taxes, utilities and overall cost of living.

    Of Course there is the world famous French Quarter; but the ajoining "gayborhoods" of Marigny and Bywater are a gay man's delight.
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    Apr 16, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/

    12% less expensive in Lauderdale (Lauderdale/Miami Beach/Wilton)

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    22% less in Orlando

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    27% less in Tampa Bay (Ybor/south Tampa/St. Pete)

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    Apr 16, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    Charlotte, NC. Many people from the north are moving to Charlotte because of the affordable housing. Also, lots of people in banking are moving to CLT because the city has the 2nd largest financial district in the country. I've noticed the population increase in the last 10 years of living here.
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    Apr 16, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    rnch saidMardi Gras, Southern Decadence, Easter, H'ween, New years' eve.....I suggest you check out New Orleans, LA, USA.

    Compared to other cities and "gay meccas" New Orleans is a quite affordable city to live in respects to rents, real estate purchases, property taxes, utilities and overall cost of living.

    Of Course there is the world famous French Quarter; but the ajoining "gayborhoods" of Marigny and Bywater are a gay man's delight.


    Sounds great. But is it livable in the summer?
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 16, 2013 11:49 PM GMT
    Minneapolis. It's the self-proclaimed gay capital of the Midwest. Has one of the biggest Pride fests in the nation.
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    Apr 16, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    Austin, check it out.