TigerTim saidAs far as I know, HotToddy is the only gay in the village of Columbus.
Yup. I'm the only one. All alone. The gay bar is my living room.
Honestly, the gay scene isn't really my thing, but I do know about it. First off, definitely a move from NYC to Columbus is a bit strange. My roommate did the same thing, and he has said it was an adjustment but that he enjoys Columbus a lot. But anywho, onto the "scene."
The main part of gay C-bus is the Short North, an area just north of Downtown. Short North adjacent is the Arena District (a "straight" area.... but home to the baseball and hockey venues, so still a pretty jumping nightlife), a pretty "trendy" area of town that's got good nightlife, but is still at least gay friendly. Victorian Village and Italian Village are nestled up right to both the Arena District and the Short North, and are very popular residential areas for the gays. German Village is on the south side of Downtown; it has some gay bars and a really nice residential area, also has a nice spot to live, lots of power gays live around here. Clintonville is hipster central... the Williamsburg of Columbus if you will. It's just north of Campus (The University District), and is a couple of miles away from downtown, but is also a nice and affordable area to live, and is lesbian central. I, in case you were wondering, do live in Clintonville, and really enjoy it (not just for lesbians and hipsters!). If you're looking to buy a house, Clintonville has a lot of older but nice affordable houses. Old Town East is the kinda seedy "next best thing". It's starting to undergo some remodeling and gentrification on some of the amazing historic houses that are there, but can be a little rough in some spots. Some pioneering gays have begun that project.
So that's where most of the gays live. Sure, there are a plethora of other places to live in Columbus, but by and large if you're looking to live in the city, those are probably the best spots for hip, urban, gay friendly life. Now, most of the bar scene revolves around the Short North. All of the places there are very liberal, and it's not uncommon to see gay people holding hands, kissing, etc. on the streets and in the restaurants (even the straight ones). It is home to some of the great restaurants in Columbus (I won't say best because I have my own picks for that), so it's also very mixed at times, but a very inclusive, open atmosphere almost anywhere you'd go. The main bars/clubs in the Short North are Union, a gay restaurant/bar, Havana, a martini/video bar, and Axis, the dance club. These are all owned by the same people. There's also Level, a restaurant/bar similar to Union. This is where the young crowd goes (for the most part). Friday nights are the same dance of Level, Union, then Axis. (This is my personal opinion: They are fun on occasion, but tend to be cliquey and full of the same people every weekend). Lots of drag at these places (which is to say good drag... Nina West and Alexis Stevens are pretty awesome). Other venues in the area would be Exile (a leather/bear joint), Tradewinds (a mixed/youngish crowd), Q Bar (a bar/nightclub... honestly... never been busy when I was there at "busy" times), Score/Slammers, a gay sports bar/lesbian bar attached to each other, and Wall Street, a lesbian nightclub with gay night on Weds. Those are all in Short North/Downtown.
In Clintonville, there's Club 20, a local hole in the wall, and I think another one I'm missing. In German Village there's Tremont, another neighborhood hole in the wall type joint, Club Diversity, a very mixed bag, which is a converted house into a bar, so a really nice patio/backyard area, and Cavan, a new gay Irish Pub. There are a couple of others, AWOL (military theme), in Old Town East and a couple others whose names I'm forgetting scattered throughout the city. But that's the run down of pertinent neighborhoods and bars.
Now that I've been extremely long winded, does that answer your question? I have plenty more answers if you've got questions.