GAY COLUMBUS…Conservative Ohio city becoming an LGBT hub of the Midwest



The state’s capital and nation’s 16th largest city, Columbus is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States and currently has a population of just over one million.

Mayor Michael Coleman
, says he actively promotes Columbus as a gay-friendly market to the rest of the country. He welcomes the LGBT Community in ColumbUS. ” Where the US, means all of us,” he said recently, as 14 LGBT journalists from around the world were invited to Columbus. 

Gay Travel.com  named Columbus its Most Underrated Gay City and 
Gay Cities.com 
 named Columbus as the Up-and-Coming Gay City of 2011.


 

Andrew Collins points out that Columbus has two of the components that make for a great gay scene: it has a major collegiate presence (Ohio State University), and it’s a center of government (being the state capital). An extremely high number of gays and lesbians live here, and enjoy its lively downtown neighborhoods (such as the gay-popular Short North and German Village areas). Columbus has one of the Midwest’s best culinary reputations, a high number of art galleries, numerous gay sports clubs, and a youthful but unpretentious gay club scene.



Columbus has a widespread LGBT population with $7.5 billion in purchasing power that has helped establish the queer community as an integral part of the culture.

In the eighites, gay people ran to big cities. They spruced up all the property, created every art and fashion movement, and taught entire populations how to dance.

They created gayborhoods like WeHo, Chelsea, boystown and South Beach—and pretty much queered all of San Francisco. As more and more gays come out, we are, literally, everywhere, and seem to feel less need to move to the gayborhood.




 


Iowa City, Austin, and Asheville have more gays per capita than the biggies. And yes, Columbus, Ohio!  These cities where everyday gays live—towns and boroughs with a mix of baby carriages, gay bars, and B&Bs—signal the continuing movement of gay people into mainstream American life.

Located in the center of the state, halfway between Cleveland and Cincinnati,  Columbus is within 550 miles of more than half of the U.S. population, making it an easy get away from anywhere in the Midwest!



Find out more here in the coming weeks  and  check out    Outlook Columbus  and   Experience Columbus



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