Small is beautiful: Top 5 Surprisingly Gay Small Towns

If you're up for downsizing when it comes to planning your next vacation destination, consider these diminutive gems.

BY Aefa Mulholland

October 24 2008 12:00 AM ET

4. Portland, Maine
Why it's on our gaydar… Home to one of
the biggest per capita LGBT populations on the east
coast and now host of the entirely enticing Frostbite ME weekend (early
March, dates TBA), a LGBT winter celebration with an
alluring array of homo hijinks, activities, and events that
launched in 2008, Portland is Maine's captivating
largest city (population 65,000). Portland has a
venerable gay bar, Blackstones, and Styxx Video Club (3
Spring Street), where the dance floor and pool tables
are popular with women on Thursdays and Saturdays. For
more information on the city's gay goings on, contact
Visit Portland.

5. Ann Arbor, Mich.
Why it's on our gaydar… An upbeat college
town, the home of Edmund White's alma mater, the
University of Michigan, is a haven of tolerance, just
35 miles west of Detroit (population 115,000). Women drink,
play pool, and have dinner at the miniscule,
two-level, lesbian-adored Aut Bar. Thrilling restaurants
abound and once you're ready to up the ante, head to
gay-friendly club Necto. Ann Arbor is also home to a slew
of LGBT groups, from Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics to the
Lesbian Moms Network.

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