LGBTQ Parents Guide – Moving to a New City with Your Kids.
Moving to a new city is often the exciting beginning of a new chapter in life. Whether you’re moving for a job, to be closer to family, or simply to experience and enjoy an area of the country you’ve always wanted to live in, there is often much to look forward to. On the other side of the coin, no one would deny that certain aspects of moving can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider: financial, lifestyle, and practical considerations all factor into the mix of things that […]
Buying a Condominium? 4 Tips before Purchasing In an HOA (Home Owners Association)
Home Owners Associations (HOA’s) are the organization of property owners typically in a condominium complex that administers the rules and regulations of that community. Covenants, declarations and by-laws are used to enforce certain standards of the community, to keep the project maintained, and to prevent property values from falling. Rules are made and enforced by the HOA in relation to property owner conduct, pet policies, common areas such as pools and other amenities. Here are 4 tips for same sex couples and Home Owners Associations. 1. Before purchasing, ask your […]
A New Reality for Real Estate Agents – Adapting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everyone – suddenly and in significant ways. Without question, its health impacts are the first and foremost concern. Beyond the immediate and obvious effects on health, however, the virus has changed day-to-day life for many – and real estate agents are certainly no exception. Many agents who were conducting a booming business only a month or two ago suddenly find themselves with few, if any showings. Open houses filled with buyers are no longer feasible in this time of social distancing, and in-person […]
Gayborhoods may have shaped our country, but are they a dying breed?
Finding the right home in the right neighborhood can be difficult, especially if you’re hoping to find a progressive and safe space that is diverse and accepting. This leads many in the LGBTQ community to seek out those larger-than-life communities that have traditionally been centered around queer culture and entertainment. These so-called “gayborhoods” have achieved an almost reverential status for many, especially for individuals hoping to find acceptance and a place to belong. From Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood to New York’s West Village, Denver’s Cheesman Park to Florida’s Wilton Manors, there […]
Reasons to Look for an LGBTQ Community Center When Moving
If you’re moving from a conservative area or from a fairly small town or city, you may have never lived in an area that had an LGBTQ community center before. While these centers are becoming more and more prevalent, there are still many places where people do not have access to the services they provide. If you’re preparing to move, one thing you may want to consider is if the city you’re relocating to has an LGBTQ community center or not. This isn’t likely going to be the determining factor […]
Northside, Cincinnati – Ohio’s Progressive Gay Village
Are you looking for a progressive LGBTQ community in Ohio? If so, you may want to look at Cincinnati, specifically the Northside neighborhood. This district is set in the northwest part of the city and was originally called Cumminsville until I-74 was constructed and divided it into two different parts. Today, Northside is known as a progressive, hip neighborhood that’s home to many LGBTQ individuals and families. The History of Northside Northside was originally a small, independent settlement, but when the Miami and Erie Canal was built in the 1820s, […]
The Tower District – Fresno’s LGBTQ Hub
Fresno, California, is located near the middle of the state. It’s a part of the San Joaquin Valley in what’s known as the Central Valley. Originally a railway station, today Fresno has grown into an economic hub with more than 500,000 residents. In fact, it’s the most populous city located inland in the state and has the fifth-largest population overall. It also has a strong LGBTQ population and its own gay neighborhood – the Tower District, which is located north of the city’s downtown area. History of the Tower District […]
Finding Hidden Gay Villages
There are a number of widely recognized gay neighborhoods and villages around the U.S. Everyone knows that Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco have gay neighborhoods because those neighborhoods have made a name for themselves over the years. But what about cities that don’t have a nationally-known gayborhood? Do they just not have one? In some cases, that’s true, but in others, it’s more a case of their gay neighborhood being on the smaller side or being relatively new. There are a few things you can look for to […]
Is There a Gay Ghetto in Kentucky?
When people talk about neighborhoods that are predominantly made up of LGBTQ residents, few people think of places in Kentucky. However, this state does contain cities that have pockets of liberal areas where LGBTQ citizens are recognized and celebrated. One such area is Berea, a city located in Madison County. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, mainly because of its large arts festivals and historic buildings. Berea is also home to Berea College, a liberal arts school that attracts many students from around the state and the […]
Finding a LGBTQ-Friendly School in the Summer
If you’re moving right before or during the school year, it’s fairly easy to determine if the school in the neighborhood you’re thinking about moving to is going to be accepting to children of a same-sex couple. You simply visit the school, talk to the teachers and staff, and maybe even sit in on a class or two. But what do you do during the summer? School isn’t in session, and sometimes, there aren’t even any staff or teachers there to talk to. If you’re making a move during the […]