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Currently living in Chicago and thinking about moving to the south; Atlanta is one my options. What’s it like living there? Single 🌈 male 🐠 here

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I'm not single nor male nor LGBTQ; however, when I was moving down here, my gay male mentor told me that there is a pretty large gay scene and a fairly active drag scene here in the city. Chiming in since I'm not sure how many replies you'll get

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Same as C1 (not LGBTQ/male) but just agreeing here — I lived in midtown and was there (10th & Piedmont) when Obergefell was announced. Very vibrant gay community especially inside the city proper (not sure about surrounding communities/Burbs).

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I like it a lot. Been here for 5 years. Found my now partner. There’s honestly not as much a vibrant bar scene compared to Chicago but you’ll find what you’ll need. What don’t you like about Chicago?

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Just be aware coming to Atlanta - crime is out of control, mayor doesn’t care since she won’t be running again. Definitely something that needs to be addressed.

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I grew up in Atlanta, so the gay scene just seemed natural to me. I was shocked when as adult I traveled to other cities up north and saw the lack of open acceptance to diverse communities. I would remove that concern from your list as far as Atlanta goes and look at your other concerns. For instance, the metro is overly dependent on motorized transportation. A city of our size should have a better developed infrastructure.

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I recall Atlanta is the US city with the third largest LGBT community as ranked by % of population (behind SF and Seattle). It’s basically gay mecca for all the South, lol.

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The gay scene in midtown particularly is the largest in the city, plenty of gay bars, clubs, nightlife.

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Move to Atlanta!!! Lived in both. The cold in Chicago was horrible to me. I also found Chicago to feel far less diverse than Atlanta. I know that both cities are segregated, but in many areas, it feels like you’ll see people of lots of different backgrounds here. I do miss the walkability of Chicago. But that only lasts for 6 mo at most due to the cold. I also felt very unsafe in Chicago. I lived in Lincoln Park near some expensive stretches but there were reports of several muggings and even a sexual assault right down the road from my apartment. People talk about Atlanta crime, but I don’t feel unsafe at all here compared to Chicago. Obviously everyone’s experience is different. Atlanta is not perfect. But there are many positive things and it is a growing, vibrant place. And depending on your political views, you also have the opportunity to make a difference by moving here!

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Agreed.

Great city for working professional gay men. I think our social scene is a bit in flux but I will say the balance of quality of life, reasonable cost of living, ease of travel using ATL, and a large gay community makes it a balanced place to live. That said, very cliquey and it can be hard to find your place but once you do... it’s a solid home. Also - not just bars and clubs to get involved with you can do board work, philanthropy, club sports, etc.

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