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By Andrew Collins. For many years a traditional bastion of conservatism, like its Southern neighbors, North Carolina has changed considerably in recent years in terms of its attitudes toward and popularity among gays and lesbians. As younger, more tolerant, and more politically progressive residents continue to move here, a number of communities have developed increasingly visible LGBT communities. My advice is to go with your conscience, and if you do decide to visit North Carolina while this ugly law is in place, go ahead and be visible, patronize the hundreds of highly gay-supportive businesses throughout the state, and help support your LGBT allies around the state. The largest city, Charlotte, remains relatively more conservative Gov. Pat McCrory is that city's former mayor than the southeast's largest metro region, Atlanta, but it's definitely changing, especially in trendier neighborhoods like Plaza Midwood, the Davidson Arts District, and the South End. Long a hotbed of tech and medical industries as well as education, the Research Triangle - which comprises the Chapel Hill home to University of North Carolina , Durham anchored by Duke University , and the state capital city of Raleigh where you'll find NC State University - is generally considered the most gay-friendly of North Carolina's urban regions.
The civil rights advocacy group, based in Washington, D. Overall, Greensboro performed the best with a score of 79 out of possible points. The authors highlighted services and programs, law enforcement and relationship with LGBTQ community as areas where Greensboro performs above average. Here are the scores for each city in North Carolina:.
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