Gay guy’s mom seeks advice on ATL’s gay ghetto

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Moving to Atlanta can be traumatic enough. But for a gay guy in his 40s, with his retiree mom in tow, it can be downright embarrassing. Especially when mom wants to know where's the gay ghetto.

So mom, in her 70s, asked Curbed Atlanta to help her son, in his 40s, find a new place. In other words, please point her in the direction of Atlanta's gay ghetto. And oh yeah, she's moving in with him.


Me and my son are relocating from the Dallas area and are wondering if you and your readership have any advice for areas in the ATL to check out. I'm a single female retiree in her 70s and he's a single gay man in his 40s; he's wanted to live in the “gay ghetto” but has never had the chance and unfortunately Dallas' gay ghetto of Oak Lawn is no longer very gay. He's never been to Atlanta and doesn't know anyone there. He'll be looking for a job.

I'm looking for low maintenance and we do plan to live together. 

Any ideas? Something in the $300k to $400k price range is good. He thinks something near MARTA would be good but we've never depended on mass transit before.

Thank you!!

Ms. H.

In turn, Curbed challenged its readers to help and they responded. With humor. With bewilderment. And some with useful insight.

Cheshire Bridge

Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on who you ask.

Yeah, I don't even know how to respond to that. A definition of “gay ghetto” without being insulting would be interesting to see.

In general though, the intown neighborhoods are gay friendly.

” Gay ghetto?”

I've never heard of that term and have no clue into the meaning of it. I guess her son like edgy things ..I don't know. When it comes to metro Atlanta and Georgia, gays are around many cities and towns…whether liberal or conservative. Going to my mother's small southwest Georgia hometown, there are lots of gays.. some are open with it and its supposed to be a “conservative” town.

Anyways.. since we're talking about metro ATL, far as gay places a lot of good ones are listed including Midtown , Decatur,(Oakhurst) East Lake, Kirkwood …gosh! the suggestions are endless. My gay cousin lives in Oakhurst and he loves it there but each to it's own

Come on straight folks. It's ok to say, “gay ghetto.” No offense taken.

Sounds like a pretty cool mom.

Let's hope, since they'll be living together. Maybe he can show her Grindr. Atlanta boys love it.

Clearly midtown, but if he's on the hipper/less fratty side of gay, then an east side neighborhood. Basically any intown neighborhood. Your price range works in any intown area. Welcome!

Now we're getting somewhere.

East Side Atlanta is the place to be… Gays, lesbians and their awesome friends are on every corner and in every nook. Every neighborhood on the east has been improved by the mo's… Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Inman Park, O4W, East Lake, Edgewood, Candler Park, and Kirkwood all have close access to MARTA Stations and have LARGE lesbian and Gay populations… Ormewood Park, Grant Park and East Atlanta are further from rapid transit but are just as gay friendly.

Gay nooks and crannies in East Atlanta? Oh, like these.

First places that come to mind are around the Piedmont Park area – Midtown, Morningside, Va-Hi. Disregarding price, since they're pretty vague about the type of place they want, I'd say for someone that's a 70+ yo lady and 40+ gay man, Morningside, Va-Hi, Poncey-Highlands would probably fit the bill.

Not quite the gay ghetto but definitely not bad places to live, either.

The gay ghetto of Atlanta (Midtown) succumbed to intown development years ago, and gay has evolved to be mainstream enough that you can live almost anywhere in intown Atlanta.

Exactly. Though 10th Street is a little gayer than most. Really.


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