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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.
Updated: September 8, am. A few years ago, the Triad nightlife scene took a nose dive that could rival the tumble suffered by lip-syncing duo Milli Vanilli when the world found out they were fakes. Here one day, out-of-sight the next.
This whole region of North Carolina from Asheville to Raleigh has many fine visual arts galleries, sculpure and crafts outlets. Winston-Salem, a gracious southern city where tabacco was once king, has impressive art museums, a symphony orchestrathe April River Run Film Festivalthe internationally respected University of North Carolina School of the Artsand the world-famous National Black Theatre Festival that takes place each August. Greensboro, which became a textiles as well as tobacco center after the Civil War, has experienced a dramatic increase in downtown nightlife with numerous nightclubs, bars and restaurants. These cities have tight-knit gay communities, but there are fewer gay clubs here these days.
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Located on the edge of downtown in a troubled shopping strip cattycorner to Greensboro College, the Q walked the line between a visible outpost and a hidden safe space, with blacked out windows obscuring any street view and a high fence around the side patio. Several venues have catered to LGBT residents in the past, though options dwindled as the Warehouse and Time Out — a lesbian staple — closed in recent years. Cozzi, who grew up in Las Vegas, has been working in bars and clubs for 15 years, first in his hometown and then southern Florida before relocating to Raleigh.
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My close friends and I use to be loyal customers to this bar every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and This place is closed for good. Shut down, shut out, dark and empty.
Greensboro, North Carolina's third most populous city, is the star of the thriving metropolitan area known as the Piedmont Triad, which also includes the towns of High Point and Winston-Salem. For a lot of people who grow up in Greensboro, the city is known as Greens-boring. But for people who grew up in the surrounding conservative southern town, Greensboro is more like Gaysboro--diverse and accepting, with quite a few people out and proud. The gay nightlife in Greensboro tends to be centered around the college crowd, but the bars are great centers of sociability and community.