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Old 04-12-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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Homophobic Arizona

Hi, I'm moving to Arizona for a year to go to University.


Was wondering what are your experiences around phoenix etc.

I know its not Texas / Louisiana etc but its still a Southern State.

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Old 04-12-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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So you're labeling everyone who resides in a "southern state" as being homophobic. Nice...
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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Few Arizona residents were actually born here. The population boomed after the invention of air conditioning. So basically people are a conglomerate of all the other states, and several nations. It's not nearly as conservative as a few northern states I could mention. The cosmopolitan atmosphere at the universities is more liberal than you think.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:21 PM   #4
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Arizona is NOT in the south, we are in the southwest. Big difference. There are homophobes in every state, just as there are people who don't give a rats butt if you are green with orange stripes.

Where are you going to school? Do some research on the town in which you will be living, I am sure you will like it here.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:06 AM   #5
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sorry about the venom you have already experienced, I understand it was an honest question.

I have quite a few friends in AZ and they all say it is on the whole a very open minded area, esp. the phoenix area.

There is even a community center: http://1vcc.org/

I would contact them for more information about the area.


p.s. I've actually had the 'worse' experience with homophobia in a small town in IL (between Chicago and Milwaukee), than I have had visiting Texas. So seriously, it is all about people not sterotypes. Which I am sure you know already.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:21 AM   #6
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Sorry for my silly stereotyping .... but I'm sure you can appreciate some do have a reputation!

I will be living around phoenix, so by saying its open minded is encouraging.

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:43 PM   #7
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p.s. I've actually had the 'worse' experience with homophobia in a small town in IL (between Chicago and Milwaukee), than I have had visiting Texas.
Where? I live in central IL and haven't seen anything like that.
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Where? I live in central IL and haven't seen anything like that.
NE IL. Zion, IL in fact.
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Sorry for my silly stereotyping .... but I'm sure you can appreciate some do have a reputation!

I will be living around phoenix, so by saying its open minded is encouraging.
I live in Phoenix (moved here 6 years ago), and it's a lovely city (fifth largest in the U.S.). There are a lot of "family" here, and I'm not afraid to be who I am. Still a bit of a shock to see people walking around with sidearms, though.

Arizona is weird and very regional. People from Phoenix don't like people from Tucson (Tucsonians are whiny and don't get the whole "one person, one vote" thing). People from Tucson don't like people from Phoenix ("they get their way because their city is bigger, that's not fair! Just because no one wants to live in dirty, ugly Tucson!"). People from Flagstaff are stinky and unkempt (maybe that's just the university students... ).

The state is overrun with snowbirds during the winter (old people who move south for the winter), and they are pretty much universally despised as poor drivers (bumper sticker: "So many snowbirds, so little morgue refrigerator space"). Actually, the state is overrun with old people in general, which is why our politics is so whack-jobish (bitter angry selfish "I got mine" old people + entire communities solely of 'rose-colored glasses' people == teabag central).

The climate is incredibly variable. Phoenix (central AZ) is Low Desert, which is green and lush. Tucson (southern AZ) is High Desert, which is brown, dirty , dusty, and ugly (Las Vegas is also High Desert, for comparison). The northern part of the state is temperate and receives quite a bit of snow, but also has lovely summers. The eastern part of the state is mountainous and very pretty (snow, also). From Phoenix, you can get to any of these different climates in less than 2 hours.

tl;dr—Lovely state, glad I moved here, quirky people, relatively affordable.
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Holy Pug! What a perfect description of AZ!!!! In another week or so the population will be cut in half and we can blame only our own selves for the poor driving. I always blame the heat, dry that it is. I have been here almost 3 years this tour and almost 9 the last time, I LOVE it here, guns and all.

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Oh come on, Furb & Dez, no need to hold back... Tell us how you really
feel about Tucson!
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:28 PM   #12
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Another thing I'm apprehensive about is, I come from London - and we have a large gay 'scene' lots of gay clubs, bars - nightlife etc.

What is this like in Phoenix?

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Another thing I'm apprehensive about is, I come from London - and we have a large gay 'scene' lots of gay clubs, bars - nightlife etc.

What is this like in Phoenix?

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that link I provided is for the phoenix gay center, I'd contact them for more about the local scene. (I am sure they have an email)
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Oh come on, Furb & Dez, no need to hold back... Tell us how you really feel about Tucson!
I'm ever so coy, aren't I?
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