1. Yes, Charlotte is gay friendly and so is Asheville. Charlotte is a very metropolitan city. It has the 2nd biggest financial district in the country. Lots of people are moving to Charlotte for banking jobs.
2. I don't smoke.
3. There's a big difference between Charlotte and the towns around the Appalachian mountains. Metropolitan being the key word. And you know, that the Appalachians stretches from Georgia to Maine, right?
re: VERY glad to hear that about Charlotte and Asheville. I have heard good things about both cities, in regards to other issues.
re: Metropolitan ... yes, that is a key word in Arizona, Oregon, and California, too ... Colorado, however, is just the opposite. The mountain ski towns are mostly a sea of blue, but there are red, conservative counties in some areas.
re: Yes, the Appalachians go from Georgia to Maine. As a kid, my parents were generous to my request to drive from Florida through GA/TN/NC/VA/MD to Washington DC. That was when I had a crush on Tim in 10th grade but I won't go there.
However, I've never seen anything further northeast.
Where does "Appalachia" actually "stop" in terms of the poverty, racism, and homophobia? Vermont would be liberal, but how about Pennsylvania and other states?
When we say "Appalachia" out west, does that insult you folks to the east? I don't want to insult you. I thought the mountains were beautiful.
This map from the CDC is very concerning, especially Kim Davis' state -
This map is just more valid proof that West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky are poverty strickened, backward, undereducated areas that would fit better in a third world country than here in the US.
West Virginia's official nickname should be "the Poverty Strickened State" since it cannot seem to get itself out of crushing, rural poverty and ultra conservative religious ideology. Also they continue to think that four rusted, leaky mobile homes combined tightly together is a luxurious, opulent mansion. That's West Virginia for you, the place where college football competes with squealing the rear tires on the asphalt as a popular sport. West Virginia is the Paraguay of the USA, mountainous and backward and meant to stay that way forever.