Is Columbus, Ohio a Great Place for Gays and Lesbians?

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I’ve always had an odd relationship with Ohio. As a native Michigander, I was taught from an early age that Ohio was a state to hate anytime sports rivalries came into play – which in the Midwest is often. But since my mom was a native Ohioan, half of my relatives lived in the Buckeye State, and I spent many a young summer there. Yet during those early years, by far the queerest thing I ever saw in Ohio was myself in a mirror.

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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Authored By Dan Allen – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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