Monthly Archives: November 2014

Making a Home in Columbus

Posted on November 26, 2014 in Buying a Home

Columbus, Ohio, is a great place for same-sex couples to live.  The city has a very good sized gay community and has appeared on both top ten lists and underrated gay cities lists for years.  Same-sex partners have been able to register on the city’s domestic partnership registry since 2012.  The city also hosts a Pride Parade in June every year.

The LGBT Community in Columbus is Thriving and Welcoming to Anyone Looking to RelocateWhile Ohio is considered one of the Midwestern states, the city of Columbus doesn’t have the same atmosphere as many of the nearby cities.  The LGBT population goes about building up support for gay rights in a quiet yet effective manner.  While there are some LGBT-owned businesses and the pride festival gets plenty of attention, it’s the behind the scenes work that has really made the city so gay friendly.  Since the 1980s, the LGBT population has slowly made more of the neighborhoods open and welcoming.  The number of liberal arts colleges and large businesses that support gay rights, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, have certainly helped.

There are many great neighborhoods in Columbus for LGBT families.  Lake Bottom Park, also called Weracoba Park, is a favorite for many.  There are a good number of LGBT-owned businesses here, plus the housing costs and rent are fairly low.  It’s a small, historic area that many gay and lesbian real estate agents recommend.

Victorian Village is another great neighborhood.  It’s a part of downtown Columbus, and it’s one of the areas that has been rejuvenated over the years.  What was once a fairly dangerous part of town is now very safe and looks great.  The architecture is very unique, and many of the businesses are gay-owned.  The nearby Short North district is also a great community for LGBT families.

Finally, the German Village, which can be found south of the downtown area, features many privately restored homes and other buildings.  It seems like everything is within walking distance in the German Village, and there are a lot of great parks to take the kids to.

Unfortunately, Ohio does not currently allow same-sex partners to marry.  The state passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 to that effect.  The ban was upheld in August of 2014 when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that Ohio was not required to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states and that the ban was not unconstitutional.  The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court.  Despite this, many LGBT people still enjoy living in Columbus, and most expect the courts to rule in favor of same-sex marriage in the coming year.

Living the LGBT Life in Denver

Posted on November 21, 2014 in Buying a Home

Are you considering a move to Denver?  If you are, you’ll be happy to know that the Mile High City is very gay-friendly.  In fact, the LGBT community in Denver has flourished for many years, and the different events, businesses, and community centers have long histories.  Denver has been listed on a number of great cities for LGBT people to live.  It’s even been called a gay oasis.

There is a Thriving LGBT Community In and Immediately Surrounding Denver, COThe LGBT movement in Denver began making waves as far back in 1973 when a group worked to have the city’s anti-gay laws abolished.  The next year saw the first pride parade march through the city.  In 1990, the city was one of the first to put anti-discrimination policies on the books, and in 2013, the entire state moved to recognize same-sex couples in civil unions.  On July 9, 2014, a state district court ruled that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, a ruling upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Utah and Oklahoma, the court which Colorado falls under.  When the Supreme Court decided not to hear these cases, same-sex marriage became legal in the state.

The city is host to the annual Denver PrideFest.  This event is one of the top pride events in the U.S., and it brings in thousands of people every year.  Another great event held in the city is the Colorado Gay Rodeo.  These are just two of the large events hosted by Denver throughout the year.

If you’re thinking about moving to Denver, you might ask a gay or lesbian real estate agent at where the best places to live are.  There are several great LGBT communities in the city.  One favorite is Cheesman Park.  It’s located to the east of the downtown area, and it’s where the pride parade starts every year.  Many consider it the gayest part of Denver.  Those with children will especially love the large park the area is named after.

Park Hill is another great LGBT area.  This is an older neighborhood full of very elegant homes.  It’s more gentrified than Cheesman Park, and the real estate prices may be a little higher.  On the other hand, it’s a very appealing area to live.

Then there’s Stapleton.  This is an interesting community that’s been completely redeveloped since the old Denver airport shut down.  Now it’s a favorite area that has earned itself the nickname “Gaypleton” because of the large LGBT community that lives there.

Naturally, there are even more gay communities in a city the size of Denver.  A good realtor can help you find the one that best fits your needs.

LGBT Living in New York City

Posted on November 14, 2014 in Buying a Home

New York City – it’s one of the most well-known destinations in the world.  It’s also one of the most important historical LGBT cities.  The Stonewall Inn, site of the famous Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969, is located in the Greenwich Village area of the city.  Many point to Stonewall as the event that began the LGBT liberation movement.  New York City was also one of the first cities to host a pride parade and to be home to gay activist groups.  Today, many gays and lesbians move to New York City for a variety of reasons.

New York Is One of The Top LGBT Destinations In the U.S.Those in the theater industry know New York is where it’s at.  Broadway and the many off-Broadway shows give singers, dancers, and actors all a chance to shine.  Of course, not everyone will hit their big break right away (or at all), but you’ll find plenty of people striving to kick-start their acting career.

If you’re one of these aspiring actors, you probably already know you’re going to have to take a part-time or full-time job to pay your bills while you’re auditioning.  Unfortunately, if you’ve never lived in a large, expensive city before, you may believe you’re set with one of those jobs.  Even in the cheapest areas of NYC, you’re not going to be able to afford much on one salary.  Be ready to either live in a very bad area or with several roommates.  Even the gay neighborhoods are very expensive, especially the more well-known ones like Chelsea.

If you’re okay commuting, it’s actually much cheaper to live in New Jersey and take the train into the city.  Real estate prices and rent are often a third or less of what you’d pay in New York City.  There are also some cheaper areas in the city, such as Park Slope and Nyack, but they will also require a commute because they’re further out on the edges.  However, for those new to NYC and living on a budget, these are the areas you’ll find as more affordable.

Fortunately, those who move to New York will have the right to marry.  Same-sex marriage became legal in July of 2011.  The state also recognizes other partnerships and recognizes out of state same-sex marriages.  However, the legislation also includes a clause that lets religious organizations decline to perform same-sex weddings.

If you’re thinking about moving to New York City, you’ll certainly want a good gay or lesbian real estate agent to help you find a home that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Living the LGBT Life in Washington, D.C.

Posted on November 8, 2014 in Buying a Home

Do you want to live in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.?  It might surprise you that even with the constant bickering between political parties, the capital is actually very welcoming and diverse.  Residents can read both the Metro Weekly and The Washington Blade, the city’s two LGBT newspapers.  They can attend Capital Pride, the D.C. pride parade, or one of the many other LGBT events in the area.  Of course, there are also the many different museums and other attractions in the area.

The LGBT Lifestyle is Not Only Accepted, but Also Embraced in Washington D.C.Same-sex marriage has actually been legal in Washington, D.C. since December of 2009.  The city council passed a bill legalizing it, and that bill was signed into law by the mayor.  However, due to the way the District of Columbia operates, the law was subject to a waiting period.  Marriage licenses weren’t actually issued until March 3, 2010.  The city also recognizes domestic partnerships and civil unions, so no matter how you and your spouse have cemented your relationship, it will be recognized.  Same-sex couples also have full rights to adopt, plus both sexual orientation and gender identity are covered by anti-discrimination laws and hate crime laws.

So where do LGBT people want to live in D.C.?  Since the city is so progressive, most neighborhoods are safe and welcoming.  A good gay or lesbian relator will be able to find you an affordable residence without too much trouble.  If you really want to live in a gay neighborhood that’s also very trendy, head over to Logan Circle.  It’s the only remaining residential circle in the city.  These rowhouses, which are done in a Victorian style, are gorgeous and very stately.  Some of them have been changed into condos, but there are still some available as residences.

Dupont Circle is another great LGBT place to live.  It’s considered one of the oldest gay neighborhoods in the capital.  It’s part of what’s called the Old City, which is the part of D.C. that was designed by Pierre Charles L’Enfant.  Like Logan Circle, there are many rowhouses here, most of which were built prior to 1900.  Most of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a number of them are actually home to foreign embassies.

Dupont Circle hosts the annual Capital Pride parade, a part of the fourth-largest pride event in the country.  Another event held in the neighborhood is the High Heel Race, a charity event where drag queens run down 17th street.  Even if you don’t live in Dupont, that’s an event worth going to see!