The World's Best Places to be Gay.

  • Orland23

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    Jan 04, 2015 10:09 AM GMT
    There is a thread on world's worst places to be gay. But here are the best places to be gay.icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/taboo-tolerance/the-ten-best-places-in-the-world-to-be-gay-932557.html
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    Jan 04, 2015 11:42 AM GMT
    ArticleMyknonos - But the fact that the roots of homosexual history are usually traced back to ancient Greece is surely part of what draws gay people to Mykonos.


    I doubt even half of the people who visit Myknonos visit it due to the reason mentioned above. It's like saying people visit Ibiza due to the Spanish culture.
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    Jan 04, 2015 9:06 PM GMT
    The best place to be gay is the place where you are.
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    Jan 04, 2015 10:38 PM GMT
    The best place to be gay: the internet
  • Orland23

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    Jan 04, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
    The article is a little old, it states that NY state doesn't have same-sex marriage, but they do nowicon_smile.gif
  • Orland23

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    Jan 05, 2015 12:02 AM GMT
    __morphic__ said
    ArticleMyknonos - But the fact that the roots of homosexual history are usually traced back to ancient Greece is surely part of what draws gay people to Mykonos.


    I doubt even half of the people who visit Myknonos visit it due to the reason mentioned above. It's like saying people visit Ibiza due to the Spanish culture.


    Mykonos is also mentioned in a song by the indie folk band Fleet Foxes. My friend Matthew loves this song and I like it too.icon_cool.gificon_biggrin.gif

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0F7WJsIyKA
  • callumity

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    Jan 05, 2015 12:05 AM GMT
    People say Brighton, UK is a great place to be gay because of how well the gay community are there. I'd say anywhere with a large enough gay community, nothing worse than being alone xD
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 05, 2015 12:42 AM GMT
    Mykonos does not belong on the list. It's a gay vacation spot for a few summer months, not a place with a vibrant gay culture year round. And in fact Greece is not a very friendly place to its own gay citizens - they just happen to like gay tourist money.

    The list seems very Eurocentric to me. Granted New York and San Francisco got mentioned, but what about our friends in Canada? When Ontario legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, the Netherlands and Belgium were the only other places in the world that gay men could marry (and Belgium only beat Ontario by 9 days). By the time all of Canada recognized same-sex marriage in 2005, only Spain and Massachusetts had been added to the list.

    C'mon guys, Toronto? Montreal? Vancouver?
  • Orland23

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    Jan 05, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidMykonos does not belong on the list. It's a gay vacation spot for a few summer months, not a place with a vibrant gay culture year round. And in fact Greece is not a very friendly place to its own gay citizens - they just happen to like gay tourist money.

    The list seems very Eurocentric to me. Granted New York and San Francisco got mentioned, but what about our friends in Canada? When Ontario legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, the Netherlands and Belgium were the only other places in the world that gay men could marry (and Belgium only beat Ontario by 9 days). By the time all of Canada recognized same-sex marriage in 2005, only Spain and Massachusetts had been added to the list.

    C'mon guys, Toronto? Montreal? Vancouver?


    The lists only has the 10 best gay places (cities) there are a lot more gay friendly places including Canada (Gay Marriage is legal everywhere). The list definitely needs to be longer. Los Angeles is not on there.

    West Hollywood, Boystown Chicago, etc. are not on there but are gay friendly.
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    Jan 05, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidMykonos does not belong on the list. It's a gay vacation spot for a few summer months, not a place with a vibrant gay culture year round. And in fact Greece is not a very friendly place to its own gay citizens - they just happen to like gay tourist money.

    The list seems very Eurocentric to me. Granted New York and San Francisco got mentioned, but what about our friends in Canada? When Ontario legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, the Netherlands and Belgium were the only other places in the world that gay men could marry (and Belgium only beat Ontario by 9 days). By the time all of Canada recognized same-sex marriage in 2005, only Spain and Massachusetts had been added to the list.

    C'mon guys, Toronto? Montreal? Vancouver?

    But it's so cold there
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    Jan 05, 2015 12:50 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidMykonos does not belong on the list. It's a gay vacation spot for a few summer months, not a place with a vibrant gay culture year round. And in fact Greece is not a very friendly place to its own gay citizens - they just happen to like gay tourist money.

    The list seems very Eurocentric to me. Granted New York and San Francisco got mentioned, but what about our friends in Canada? When Ontario legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, the Netherlands and Belgium were the only other places in the world that gay men could marry (and Belgium only beat Ontario by 9 days). By the time all of Canada recognized same-sex marriage in 2005, only Spain and Massachusetts had been added to the list.

    C'mon guys, Toronto? Montreal? Vancouver?

    These lists shouldn't be taken seriously. Often times there's no criteria in the selection. I certainly didn't see one in the linked page. It's usually just an arbitrary list compiled by the author's personal experience or opinions from friends.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 05, 2015 9:18 PM GMT
    I'd say London. For living as opposed to vaca. The best of everything and not architecturally cold like NY. It seems almost fashionable to be gay in London.
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    Jan 06, 2015 1:15 AM GMT
    California - SF, LA. New York City, Chicago. Europe, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam....?? Hm, wherever gay marriages are legal. icon_smile.gif
  • venue35

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    Jan 06, 2015 1:43 AM GMT
    If you dont like mykonos you dont have to vacation there.
    Dont tell us what greeks like or dont like. I've been all over california and the beaches were lame. Over 3 million people chose greece this summer for their vacation it cant be a coincidence. Having said that mykonos has become too expensive due to so many choosing it as their holiday destination. I saw jean paul gaultier russell crow, armani, mugler ,and james franco this summer in mykonos and these people can go anywhere in the world. It really is the ultimate gay party island.But it has lost its raw beauty ...in the 70's there were like 5 bars ...now there are hundreds... there are more beautiful here for sure, its the ultimate gay meeting point which makes it so popular.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 06, 2015 3:02 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe best place to be gay is the place where you are.


    Unless you are in Nigeria or a similar place.
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    Jan 06, 2015 5:29 AM GMT
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    The largest employer of gay men in southern California! Seriously, I dated so many guys who used to work at Disneyland, it amazes me how many gay men there are at this place! It really is the "happiest" place on earth..
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    Jan 06, 2015 7:41 AM GMT
    bighairymuscles saiddisneyland.jpg


    The largest employer of gay men in southern California! Seriously, I dated so many guys who used to work at Disneyland, it amazes me how many gay men there are at this place! It really is the "happiest" place on earth..


    I live close to Disneyland like 1 mile away. Lol, I think I dated 1 guy from there. But yeah, they are gay friendly, they have like gay friendly dates during September. It makes sense most gay guys are like gay disney cast members. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 06, 2015 11:36 AM GMT
    venue35 saidIf you dont like mykonos you dont have to vacation there.
    Dont tell us what greeks like or dont like. I've been all over california and the beaches were lame. Over 3 million people chose greece this summer for their vacation it cant be a coincidence. Having said that mykonos has become too expensive due to so many choosing it as their holiday destination. I saw jean paul gaultier russell crow, armani, mugler ,and james franco this summer in mykonos and these people can go anywhere in the world. It really is the ultimate gay party island.But it has lost its raw beauty ...in the 70's there were like 5 bars ...now there are hundreds... there are more beautiful here for sure, its the ultimate gay meeting point which makes it so popular.

    Duh! Did you even read properly before getting all butthurt? No one was criticizing Myknonos for being ugly.
    Here let me put in simpler words:
    1. Myknonos isn't really a place to experience Greek culture. Any Greek will agree with that.
    2. Myknonos isn't a place where you can live and work, unless you are a whore or some bar/restaurant owner. Myknonos is just a party place, like Ibiza or other similar Islands in Europe.
  • venue35

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    Jan 06, 2015 3:25 PM GMT
    DUH!
    i agree with what you are saying .
    i didn't like what he wrote about greeks in general.
    And Mykonos is not a place to be if you are only a 'whore'.
    That's a pretty stupid thing to say.
    So tired of mr know it alls on this site making sweeping remarks.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 06, 2015 3:36 PM GMT

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands come to mind when I think of gay friendly countries. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Danskerb

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    Jan 06, 2015 3:45 PM GMT
    bhp91126 said
    bro4bro saidMykonos does not belong on the list. It's a gay vacation spot for a few summer months, not a place with a vibrant gay culture year round. And in fact Greece is not a very friendly place to its own gay citizens - they just happen to like gay tourist money.

    The list seems very Eurocentric to me. Granted New York and San Francisco got mentioned, but what about our friends in Canada? When Ontario legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, the Netherlands and Belgium were the only other places in the world that gay men could marry (and Belgium only beat Ontario by 9 days). By the time all of Canada recognized same-sex marriage in 2005, only Spain and Massachusetts had been added to the list.

    C'mon guys, Toronto? Montreal? Vancouver?

    But it's so cold there



    Although most people forget that Denmark was first with same sex civil unions in 1989!
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    Jan 07, 2015 2:59 AM GMT
    Floripa or Rio in Carnival
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    Jan 07, 2015 3:02 AM GMT
    San Francisco definitely belongs on the list! I'm from Texas and I've been to Austin a few times but it didn't hold a candle to San Francisco. I had the chance to go downtown there after an interview and had an awesome time, to say the least icon_redface.gif
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    Jan 07, 2015 6:09 PM GMT
    I've found the very best place to be gay is my bedroom. No judgements, no rules, just right. Check your hangups at the door, please.
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 07, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
    Hmm, so unfortunately I feel the need to clarify my position, thanks to one disgruntled individual.

    I've been traveling to Greece since 1985. It's one of my favorite places in the world. I was most recently in Mykonos in June of 2013, and I loved it. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

    But I'm not blind, or stupid.

    Today, January 7, there is no big gay party in Mykonos. Ferry service is curtailed. Most of the shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels are closed for the season. The gay party is months away. That's why I said it doesn't belong on a list with San Francisco, Sydney, and London as one of the 10 Best Places to be Gay.

    And, I don't see how anyone can deny that Greece is by and large a homophobic society. The Greek Orthodox Church is extremely intolerant of homosexuality. Greece enacted anti-discrimination laws only as a condition of admission into the European Union. And the average Greek gay is not well accepted by his own family. If you doubt any of this, you can speak to my friend in Thessaloniki, or my friend in Cyprus who attended the university in Athens.

    This article presents a pretty bleak picture of the current situation.

    http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/11/26/after-all-homophobia-is-a-greek-word/