Comprised of more than 70 different neighborhood enclaves, Long Beach offers the big-town feel with a small town nature. The bustling Downtown is an area made up of both large business and residential high-rises, rich with a night life of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Many of the outer-lying neighborhoods give way to streets lined in green trees and single-family homes, with corridors of small mom & pop shops, restaurants and pubs.
There are plenty of reasons why Long Beach is high among many lists of places to live. It ranks third among all American cities in the growth of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population, according to South Florida Gay News. Residents recently elected its first gay mayor, Robert Garcia, who is also the first Latino and youngest mayor in city history. It also boasts a lesbian city council member, Gerry Schipske. This is just one of many examples of how comfortably both gay and straight people mix, mingle and cohabitate side by side, while having fun in the sun.
While some Ã¢â‚¬Å“queensÃ¢â‚¬Â may call other nearby cities home, only Long Beach can say it is home to the world-famous Queen Mary. Aside from the ocean liner, the city is also a draw with several other attractions, such The Pike, Shoreline Village, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Center for Performing Arts and Long Beach Convention Center. Springtime each year the city comes alive with its biggest event, as cars race through the streets of Downtown in the Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix during April. This gives way to many celebrations and festivals, including the second largest event in the city Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Long Beach LGBT Pride Festival and Parade.
Here isÃ‚Â just a small glance at why so many love to make their home in the beach community. Keep your eyes on the lookout for upcoming posts, as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take a closer look at some of the more popular areas and other reasons why gays and lesbians love to dwell in Long Beach.