6 Non-Obvious Gay Destinations

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    May 31, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/travel/for-gay-destinations-thinking-outside-the-obvious.html

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    Jun 01, 2014 2:35 PM GMT
    Glad to see Minneapolis listed.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 01, 2014 2:38 PM GMT
    I was pleasantly surprised when I found Pittsburgh listed as a non-obvious destination for gay travelers. It is a beautiful, old city with a lot to offer and it is quite friendly as well. It is also very affordable especially when compared to those shopworn gay meccas like San Francisco, Palm Springs, Key West etc.

    I would love to see Buffalo get listed in the future but we have some work to do in promoting our otherwise beautiful city as a gay friendly destination.
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    Jun 01, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    One of my RJ besties lives in Pittsburg. Would love to see him: http://www.realjock.com/Sielti
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    Jun 01, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    The Florida Panhandle...????

    Only if you are tired of Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach, Tampa/St. Pete and other state interior destinations.

    It's a slight notch above skanky Daytona Beach, but that is my opinion.....
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    Jun 01, 2014 11:06 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/travel/for-gay-destinations-thinking-outside-the-obvious.html



    The writer is a lesbian. She said she and her partner feel very comfortable in the Florida Panhandle and I don't doubt her. Women traveling together don't attract attention the way two guys do. But I agree with her point that all of the states are much friendlier for gay travelers than most of us might imagine.
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    Jun 02, 2014 12:42 AM GMT
    Although my hometown Columbus isn't mentioned, I'm very glad to see that Minneapolis and Pittsburgh got the respect they deserve.
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    Jun 02, 2014 5:21 PM GMT
    Jockbod59 said
    woodsmen saidNYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/travel/for-gay-destinations-thinking-outside-the-obvious.html



    The writer is a lesbian. She said she and her partner feel very comfortable in the Florida Panhandle and I don't doubt her. Women traveling together don't attract attention the way two guys do. But I agree with her point that all of the states are much friendlier for gay travelers than most of us might imagine.


    My guy and I just spent four days on the Redneck Riviera and had no problems despite PDAs and no real effort to hide our sexuality.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 03, 2014 2:08 PM GMT
    OtterBox saidAlthough my hometown Columbus isn't mentioned, I'm very glad to see that Minneapolis and Pittsburgh got the respect they deserve.
    That is another place that deserves major attention. Why Columbus gets ignored all the time as a gay friendly destination just doesn't make a lick of sense. It is probably the easiest city to reach in the US and it has so much to offer. It is definitely not conservative and reserved like the rest of Ohio. Also both Cleveland and Akron have changed considerably over the years that they are co-hosting the Gay Games. These guys need to get away from the damned coasts and come and discover the "real America".
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    Jun 03, 2014 2:58 PM GMT
    But can you have as much fun as the obvious places….Go SF! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jun 03, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidBut can you have as much fun as the obvious places….Go SF! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
    Sure you can, it is all in your attitude. You have to approach these different locations with an open mind.
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    Jun 03, 2014 5:55 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidI was pleasantly surprised when I found Pittsburgh listed as a non-obvious destination for gay travelers. It is a beautiful, old city with a lot to offer and it is quite friendly as well. It is also very affordable especially when compared to those shopworn gay meccas like San Francisco, Palm Springs, Key West etc.

    I would love to see Buffalo get listed in the future but we have some work to do in promoting our otherwise beautiful city as a gay friendly destination.


    It is difficult for me to see how one of the most homophobic cities in the nation could ever be promoted as a 'gay friendly' destination.
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    Jun 04, 2014 5:33 AM GMT
    Booo. I should see New Orleans on there!
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    Jun 04, 2014 5:40 AM GMT
    eb925guy saidBut can you have as much fun as the obvious places….Go SF! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Word!
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    Jun 04, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    roadbikeRob saidI was pleasantly surprised when I found Pittsburgh listed as a non-obvious destination for gay travelers. It is a beautiful, old city with a lot to offer and it is quite friendly as well. It is also very affordable especially when compared to those shopworn gay meccas like San Francisco, Palm Springs, Key West etc.

    I would love to see Buffalo get listed in the future but we have some work to do in promoting our otherwise beautiful city as a gay friendly destination.


    It is difficult for me to see how one of the most homophobic cities in the nation could ever be promoted as a 'gay friendly' destination.

    Exactly FitGwynedd, Buffalo sucks. And to call SF a shopworn gay mecca just shows how out of touch this person is. If it's so shopworn then why does it continually attract so many gays, have the largest gay pride celebration and seem to have one, if not the, largest gay community in the country? What does Buffalo have…yeah, I thought so. Time for him to go shovel snow isn't it?
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jun 05, 2014 3:17 AM GMT
    My BF and I took the 5 hour trip from Kansas City to Eureka Springs three times last year. It's amazing how welcoming this town is to everyone. As one local put it "no one cares about your religion or who you love here. A hon-traditional marriage in Eureka Springs is when a Wiccan marries a Christian.... and it happens" There is a big Biker culture there and the hiking is awesome. Also stop by and see AIA Gold Medal winning Thorncrown Chapel.
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    And there is an awesome drum circle every first Saturday of the month.
    They have five Pride weekends a year.
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    Jun 06, 2014 5:15 AM GMT
    What cities would be considered the international choice as non-obvious gay destinations? icon_question.gif
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    Jun 06, 2014 5:18 AM GMT
    I would suggest you go here: http://www.iglta.org/
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    Jun 06, 2014 6:14 AM GMT
    sexyswimmer96 saidBooo. I should see New Orleans on there!


    Awesome city - it should definitely be hotlisted as a gay destination.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 06, 2014 6:42 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidThe Florida Panhandle...????

    Only if you are tired of Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach, Tampa/St. Pete and other state interior destinations.

    It's a slight notch above skanky Daytona Beach, but that is my opinion.....


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  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 15, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
    The baseball hall of fame is not a typical gay destination imoicon_lol.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 15, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    eb925guy said
    FitGwynedd said
    roadbikeRob saidI was pleasantly surprised when I found Pittsburgh listed as a non-obvious destination for gay travelers. It is a beautiful, old city with a lot to offer and it is quite friendly as well. It is also very affordable especially when compared to those shopworn gay meccas like San Francisco, Palm Springs, Key West etc.

    I would love to see Buffalo get listed in the future but we have some work to do in promoting our otherwise beautiful city as a gay friendly destination.


    It is difficult for me to see how one of the most homophobic cities in the nation could ever be promoted as a 'gay friendly' destination.

    Exactly FitGwynedd, Buffalo sucks. And to call SF a shopworn gay mecca just shows how out of touch this person is. If it's so shopworn then why does it continually attract so many gays, have the largest gay pride celebration and seem to have one, if not the, largest gay community in the country? What does Buffalo have…yeah, I thought so. Time for him to go shovel snow isn't it?
    It is very obvious that FitGwynedd has zero credibility when it comes to judging my home town. The guy doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. Buffalo is definitely not a homophobic city. We have come a long way since the dark days of the 1980s when we had a blue collar homophobe with the alias of Jimmy Griffin as mayor. Since than, Buffalo has greatly improved and has become much more gay friendly over the past two decades. Granted there is still major work to do but Buffalo is rightfully deserving of becoming a major, gay friendly destination. If FitGwynedd doesn't like it in Buffalo or anywhere else in the US, than he needs to take his alien ass back to the United Kingdom where he rightfully belongs and finish his university degree in Wales. He has no damned business studying here in the US if he cannot make an honest effort to acclimate to our American way of life. He is obviously a belligerent, anti social, little punk that doesn't have a pleasant word in his mouth for anything. Go back to Wales where you rightfully belongicon_mad.gif
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    Jun 15, 2014 11:21 PM GMT
    "South Beach is of course a major gay destination, and L.G.B.T. travelers have for many years flocked there..."

    "Of course"? Only if you've watched The Birdcage too many times and think South Beach really has a gay scene like that. If you're a gay who "flocks there" you will soon flop there. Or worse if you confuse it with the City of Miami, and end up there instead, now bordering on the homophobic and not even located on the Atlantic Ocean beaches.

    The South Beach section of Miami Beach is at least still gay friendly, but its gay scene is about as dead as a Republican's love for us. And BTW, who writes LGBT with periods, like it's somebody initials?

    Sorry, but another strikeout by one of these "Best" listings. Probably written by someone getting paid by the word, with their research consisting of throwing darts at a map. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 16, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    OtterBox saidAlthough my hometown Columbus isn't mentioned, I'm very glad to see that Minneapolis and Pittsburgh got the respect they deserve.
    That is another place that deserves major attention. Why Columbus gets ignored all the time as a gay friendly destination just doesn't make a lick of sense. It is probably the easiest city to reach in the US and it has so much to offer. It is definitely not conservative and reserved like the rest of Ohio. Also both Cleveland and Akron have changed considerably over the years that they are co-hosting the Gay Games. These guys need to get away from the damned coasts and come and discover the "real America".


    Btw, The Columbus homosexual festival is this cuming weekend. Cum once, cum often.

    From what I understand, it's one of the largest in the Midwest if not the largest. And one other thing, especially for out of towners, it's Friday and Saturday, but not Sunday.

    http://www.columbuspride.org/