Columbus is home to a proud LGBT presence. The city hosts one of the largest Pride Parades in the Midwest and spotlights the LGBT nightlife. It is home to the headquarters to several fashion companies, such as Abercrombie and Fitch, L Brands, Express, DSW Shoe Warehouse, and more. If you want to retire in an accepting and LGBT-friendly city, consider Columbus.
Specific neighborhoods are more LGBT-friendly than others like German Village and Short North Arts District. German Village is full of restaurants and nightlife. Spend the evening walking along the cobblestone streets. Pick up an early cocktail before dinner at Curio, and then swing by G Michael’s or Barcelona on East Whittier Street for a bite to eat. The historic district provides shopping at the Easton Town Center a few miles away and small local book shops.
Short North Arts District (also known as Short North) is home to amazing nightlife as well. You can go out for drinks at Denmark or Mouton or take in dinner at Basi Italia or Forno. You can find galleries, sculptures, exhibitions, and music in the neighborhood. Feel free to pick up a latte from a local coffee shop and browse the vintage shops.
You can find a few assisted living communities in and around German Village, including Westminster-Thurber Community and Creekside at the Village. Further north of Short North, you can find Sunrise on the Scioto in Upper Arlington.
Columbus’ Pride Parade attracts more than 500,000 people each year. It is held in June and lasts three days, typically a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is plenty to do during the festival. You can visit each one of the vendors, pick up a drink, purchase a tee-shirt, or participate in the parade. You can attend one of the many concerts available during the festival and meet new people at this large gathering.
Highball Halloween is located in the Short North Arts District. More than 30,000 residents and tourists gather together to celebrate and show off their unique costumes. There is plenty of music for the night as well as a costume contest.
Stonewall Columbus provides residents and visitors a directory of resources to locate LGBT programs and events in the area. The site offers classes and programs for LGBTQ Veterans, a Women’s Coming Out Group, counseling services, HIV and STI testing, and recovery groups.
The recovery and support groups that meet either at the center or elsewhere are: Gay, Joyous, and Free Narcotics Anonymous Sober, Strong, and Free Lesbian Group AA Drummers Alcoholics Anonymous Brothers and Sisters Columbus Bi Network Group Stonewall Columbus LGBTQA Grief Support Group Stonewall Columbus LGBTQ Veterans Men’s Coming out Group LGBTQ Cancer Support Group
The Ohio State University keeps a list of Central Ohio LGBTQ Community Organizations if you want additional resources. Each listing consists of a link to the organization’s website and you will find information regarding Equality Ohio, AIDS Resource Center Ohio, and more.
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