So when Columbus started attracting national attention a few years ago as one of the nation’s hippest undiscovered gay destinations, I was more than a little surprised – truth be told, I was downright suspicious. But a few days in modern Columbus revealed a cool capital that’s inclusive, innovative and still brimming with innate charm, one that’s well worth a visit and absolutely worthy of the hype. What’s more, the Human Rights Campaign just granted Columbus a perfect score of 100 on its 2013 Municipality Equality Index, one of only 25 cities in the country (and the only one in Ohio) to achieve such a rating.
With some 800,000 inhabitants, Columbus is both Ohio’s capital and its largest metropolis. It’s also the 15th biggest city in U.S., home to a bustling economy (Abercrombie & Fitch is among the many major corporations based here), a vibrant arts community, a rich culinary landscape and a shockingly large and diverse gay scene spread across multiple neighborhoods.
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