There has never been a better time to be gay in the USA.
Beaches and big cities typically are the most gay-friendly destinations. Manhattan has loads of great gay bars and clubs, especially in Hells Kitchen, Chelsea and the West Village. A few hours away by sex locals Merrimack and ferry is Fire Island, the sandy gay mecca on Long Island.
Even Maine brags a gay beach destination: In the South, there's always steamy 'Hotlanta,' and Texas gets darn-right gay-friendly in Austin and parts of Houston and Dallas.
Florida, Miami and the 'Conch Republic' of Key West support thriving gay communities, though Fort Lauderdale attracts bronzed boys and girls. New Orleans has a lively gay zex. sex locals Merrimack
In the Great Lakes region, seek out Chicago and Minneapolis. Further west, you'll find San Francisco, probably the happiest gay city in America.
There's also Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where pretty much anything goes. The level of acceptance varies nationwide. Bigotry still exists.
In rural areas and conservative sex locals Merrimack, it's unwise to be openly out, as violence and verbal abuse can sometimes occur.
When in doubt, assume locals follow a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
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Lastly, for an island idyll, Hawaii is generally gay-friendly, especially in Waikiki. Gay Travel www.
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