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Where you from and what is the LGBTQ+ culture like there?

Unread postby CodyC » 27 March 2022, 18:22

Hey guys I don't know if this has ever been done here before, but it seems like a cool idea.
We have people from all over the world here, and every place's culture and idea's are different. Give us an idea of what its like to be LGBTQ+ wherever you live.

I live in rural central Georgia, USA. It's right in the middle of the bible belt, so growing up, LGBTQ+ people were kind of frowned upon. It's a little easier now, you don't have to worry about getting beat up for who you are, or who you love, but there are still a lot of people who won't talk to you or gives you hostile looks and comments.
From my understanding there is and has been am pretty active LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta, but I've never checked it out, at least not yet.
Looking forward to hearing from others on their community's.

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Re: Where you from and what is the LGBTQ+ culture like there?

Unread postby pozzie » 27 March 2022, 19:32

While I'm looking forward to reading what people from other countries have to say, that doesn't mean there aren't differences within the US based on where we live. As many might guess, in general, Oregon is fairly accepting and welcoming of LGBTQ+ people. However, like CodyC mentions, there is local variation with the urbanized Willamette Valley (Portland - Salem - Eugene) being the most welcoming. Traditionally outside the valley (and even certain sections of the valley) were considered less friendly to outright toxic but demographic shifts have increased positive visibility in some 'more liberal' smaller/growing cities.

However things have changed fairly substantially over the thirty years I've called this area home. For about a decade and a half, we had active campaigns to roll back protections and prevent recognition of lesbian and gay equality lead by one hybrid political/religious organization yet at the same time, we still had a gay entertainment district and a healthy ecosystem of gay-owned and gay-supportive businesses in Portland. Most of that has gone now with those bars and shops that were hanging on through the teens finally succumbing to the pandemic. So the goal of being accepted into the wider society has mostly been realized.

My town boasts of being welcoming and affirming, but the city sponsored "cornhole" events as well as Pride celebrations the last few years - smallish with a strong emphasis on families. One house has a combined rainbow and trans pride flag on my block and I occasionally see bumper stickers, but I can't say it feels particularly queer per se. I mostly go about my life without the topic coming up very often.

A city to the south of me just had a "Don't Say Gay/BLM" style fight over a school board ruling limiting things like pride flags and BLM posters. So far the rule stands, the superintendent who spoke against the rule was fired, and a recall failed against the board members who supported the ban. This city is clearly still in the valley, but is also in a county that went for Trump in 2020, so there is variation.
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Re: Where you from and what is the LGBTQ+ culture like there?

Unread postby RenĂ© » 28 March 2022, 12:00

Originally from the Netherlands. I assume it's pretty big in the cities, but that kind of counterculture has never appealed to me in the slightest. Some aspects of it weird me out if I'm totally honest (e.g. drag). I'm just a guy who happens to like guys. :P

I feel totally accepted. I currently live most of my life in either Scotland or Maryland, and no one bats an eyelid. Same-sex relationships and marriage are entirely normalised. :)

So is being in a three-way relationship with two other guys apparently, somehow, haha. :keke: In Maryland I often walk holding hands with my husband and our boyfriend, through subdivisions, parks etc., and I've yet to get any indication anyone finds this out of the ordinary (which I expect will be the same in Scotland). :heart:

pozzie wrote:My town boasts of being welcoming and affirming, but the city sponsored "cornhole" events as well as Pride celebrations the last few years - smallish with a strong emphasis on families.

(But?) I've never felt drawn to anything pride-related, but that doesn't sound too bad I guess.

I definitely think events involving public nudity, sex acts, BDSM displays and all that are counterproductive and inappropriate. Those don't make me feel proud to be gay at all; more like ashamed to be associated with these people in anyone's mind, and they're not exactly gonna help us be more accepted. Like, sex is great and I'm pretty kinky but there's a time and a place for that stuff, you know. :runaway:

For me, being gay is about love and relationships first and foremost, and that's what I'm proud to show the world. :3

pozzie wrote:I mostly go about my life without the topic coming up very often.

That's kinda it. Being gay isn't a lifestyle; we can just live our lives without being all segregated from the rest of society.
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Re: Where you from and what is the LGBTQ+ culture like there?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 31 March 2022, 03:10

Washington, D.C., and I wouldn't know. I'm not an active member of the LGBT community, though somehow despite that much, every single one of my friends is a member of the community.
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