Is Denver gay friendly?

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    Jun 05, 2014 7:37 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm going to Denver in July and trying to decide if I may want to move there. What are good areas to stay in, gay areas, what gay bars are there, or are there any bad areas? Appreciate any tips icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
    I'm familiar with Denver and the suburbs and am happy to offer my observations and preferences. I don't live in Denver, but have spent a whole lot of time there (business and with friends). There is definitely a good gay population and some cool places to hang out & meet the male population. These are my favorite 'gaborhoods' in no particular order:

    Cheeseman Park
    Washington Park
    LoDo
    Country Club
    Belcaro
    Cherry Creek
    Cherry Hills

    The area to avoid is Aurora, IMO.

    There are so many good areas downtown where you can get loft apartments or condos. These are walking distance from so many places. If you want a house, then the areas above are good for that. There are some good clubs and even a cool swim club or two (bathhouses with pools, decks, gyms, etc).

    As I said above, I don't live in Denver, but I would be very happy to do so. I've always thought Denver would be a very good place to live. You have the city life, and skiing nearby. You have intelligence, diversity, and the place has a whole lot going for it. Good luck checking it out. If you have any questions, let me know & I'll help you out all I can.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 06, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    I have heard that Boulder is also a very progressive and gay friendly city as well.
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    Jun 06, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    I've lived here for a few years now, and it's been great. People are really friendly (for the most part) and there's a real "who cares" attitude about gays and public displays of affection (which is how I think life should be, since I really don't care about straight couples doing their thing).

    One thing to know about Denver is that it is very spread-out, and surviving without a car can be a challenge. I see more and more bicyclists and those temporary car rentals, but you'll be a lot happier here if you have your own transportation.

    The clubs can be very cliquish, but that's the case all over the country. There is a lot of emphasis on outdoor activities, since we have the climate and terrain for just about anything (except surfing and snorkeling). A good way to find gay activity groups is through meetup dot com.

    Happy travels!
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    Jun 06, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    the graybro area is Cheeseman Park (Capitol Hill neighborhood)
    Colfax is the red light area

    other area that are nice:
    Washington Park
    Congress Park
    Stapleton
    Park Hill
    Highland
    River North Art District

    areas i think will appreciate:
    Cole
    Clayton
    Swansea (tho kinda hoody now)

    areas i like
    Baker
    Overland (between the gulf course and Evans Blvd)
    5 Points (has a bad reputation)

    http://www.denvergov.org/maps/map/neighborhoods

    Boulder & Fort Collins are nice cities
    Colorado Springs is very conservative, not friendly as much.

    Denver is aggressively building out a lite rail system. Locate near a lite rail station
  • bischero

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    Jun 06, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    Denver is totes gay friendly. Go to Hamburger Mary's for a burger. Delish!
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    Jun 06, 2014 3:39 AM GMT
    I'm going there for pride later this month, so let's hope so!
  • justinlee86

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    Jun 06, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    lived there for six years. It is totally gay friendly!!! I loved living there!!!!
  • DarkWoods

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    Jun 06, 2014 5:03 AM GMT
    Denver is a gay maze. It can be confusing because everyone is so open minded even the straight guys will flirt with you. It's a very cool place to live! Perfect weather and one of the most liberal cities in the US, and by extension the world.
  • WindyCityRick

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    Jun 06, 2014 11:03 AM GMT
    I lived in Denver for a few years when I was coming out (of a marriage and as gay). It was a wonderful place to find myself. I found a very supportive and welcoming community there and still miss it. I live in Chicago now, which also has its merits. Follow your heart (and remember to take your head along for the ride).
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 06, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    I've visited Denver, my partner lived there for 8 years and everything I've seen and heard is very positive. I don't think you will have any issues in the least.
  • a303guy

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    Jun 06, 2014 5:44 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI'm familiar with Denver and the suburbs and am happy to offer my observations and preferences. I don't live in Denver, but have spent a whole lot of time there (business and with friends). There is definitely a good gay population and some cool places to hang out & meet the male population. These are my favorite 'gaborhoods' in no particular order:

    Cheeseman Park
    Washington Park
    LoDo
    Country Club
    Belcaro
    Cherry Creek
    Cherry Hills

    The area to avoid is Aurora, IMO.

    There are so many good areas downtown where you can get loft apartments or condos. These are walking distance from so many places. If you want a house, then the areas above are good for that. There are some good clubs and even a cool swim club or two (bathhouses with pools, decks, gyms, etc).

    As I said above, I don't live in Denver, but I would be very happy to do so. I've always thought Denver would be a very good place to live. You have the city life, and skiing nearby. You have intelligence, diversity, and the place has a whole lot going for it. Good luck checking it out. If you have any questions, let me know & I'll help you out all I can.


    As a former resident of Denver and Aurora, I can agree with all the above, with one clarification - there's plenty of gay and lesbian people in Aurora - but it is a spread-out suburban hellscape, that just doesn't lend itself well to helping us (or anyone, really) out. That said, finding affordable rental or purchase properties in the city of Denver, particularly in the more gay friendly areas, is getting very tough. Sometimes the commute in from Aurora/Littleton/Englewood, etc., is just what you have to wind up doing to make it all make financial sense.
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    Jun 06, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    Will add in my 2 cents.

    I feel like it's so gay friendly that it's sometimes gay "meh." It's just not a big deal here! People will want to:
    * Have a microbrew with you
    * Catch a baseball game with you
    * Go hiking/snowboarding/biking/park-hanging/rafting with you
    * Catch a show at Red Rocks with you
    * etc....
    ...because they want to hang with YOU. Doesn't matter if you're gay, straight, bi, purple, whatever.

    I also feel like gay world is in 2 camps here - there's the "I go to the bars" crowd and the "You will never see me in a bar" crowd.

    Make friends with both. They're all awesome folks.
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    Jun 06, 2014 5:54 PM GMT
    the city of Aurora, a Denver suburb, got a bad name after the horrific theater shooting with multiple deaths.

    crime in the City of Denver is average. Denver or Aurora are no where near Detroit. As i mentioned the Denver neighborhoods; Swansea and 5 Points have higher than expected crime. I would still live there. A map of Denver crime per neighborhood:
    http://www.denvergov.org/police/PoliceDepartment/CrimeInformation/CrimeMap/tabid/443033/Default.aspx
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    Jun 06, 2014 10:50 PM GMT
    Awesome responses so far, guys! Thanks!! I have a good feeling about Denver if I can only manage to find the right job. Boston has grown so tired for me and I'm not sure it was ever truly the right fit (said after 13 years here....).

    Keep the tips coming icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 06, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    It was for Matthew Shepherd and his killer, who had sex in the back of Doc O'Connor's limo while being transported to and from Denver to engage in gay prostitution and deal meth.

    So, yes.
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    Jun 07, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
    COBulldog74 said They're all awesome folks.


    Statistically unlikely.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 07, 2014 2:17 AM GMT
    pellaz saidthe city of Aurora, a Denver suburb, got a bad name after the horrific theater shooting with multiple deaths.

    crime in the City of Denver is average. Denver or Aurora are no where near Detroit. As i mentioned the Denver neighborhoods; Swansea and 5 Points have higher than expected crime. I would still live there. A map of Denver crime per neighborhood:
    http://www.denvergov.org/police/PoliceDepartment/CrimeInformation/CrimeMap/tabid/443033/Default.aspx
    I know that this is irrelevant to this topic but please stop beating up on Detroit, it is a very beautiful city that has gone through some extremely tough times and has been the victim of the classic American throwaway society. My home town of Buffalo has experienced similar problems as well but we are revitalizing. Give us a chance.
  • denvermark

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    Jun 07, 2014 3:05 PM GMT
    Denver is a great city! My hubby and I love it here. He grew up in the suburbs and I've been here for 16 years. The neighborhoods that others have mentioned are great. We're in Uptown, which is very close to Capitol Hill/Cheesman Park.

    As for bars & clubs:
    * Tracks - big dance club, especially fun on Saturday night. tracksdenver.com
    * Wrangler - Great beer bust on Sundays! Very casual & friendly.
    * X Bar - bar/club
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    Jun 07, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    I was in the bar district in Downtown Denver for vacation. I saw two straight guys that were hot, they were dared to make out with each other. It was pretty hot. They must have been pretty drunk and also not so straight. But the group was on the floor laughing. So gay friendly - most likely when drunk. We met a straight couple that were cheating on their spouses also in the bar. They were really cool with us that night. In fact wanted to find out what we were doing later.

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    Jun 07, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    Now I wanna move to Denver. lol
  • lopakados

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    Jun 09, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    I'm heading there in a couple of weeks for pride with a group of friends, one friend lived there and said it has a vary large gay community and is very gay friendly. He mentioned that most of the gays go to the straight bars to hang out.
    I/m looking forward to going and have thought of living there as well.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 10, 2014 12:13 PM GMT
    Most major cities are.
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    Jun 10, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidMost major cities are.


    +1
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 10, 2014 6:10 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    jlly_rnchr saidMost major cities are.


    +1
    With the obvious exception of the largest cities in Texas- Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Fort Worth. In those four major cities just like the rest of Texas, gays are only tolerated and in many cases only barely tolerated. That is why gay men looking to relocate should heed the serious warning to stay away from Texas entirely. Even in its supposedly progressive capital city of Austin, gay men are only tolerated not fully accepted.