Friendly Gay Columbus
(courtesy of Columbia Fun Maps)

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio, the 15th
largest in the United States and the fastest
growing city in the northeast quadrant. It is within
550 miles of one-half of the nation's population,
meaning Columbus is less than one day's drive
for many U.S. residents. To locals, Columbus is
known as "the big little city" because of its
positive business climate, while retaining an
"all-American" town feel thanks largely to its
pubs, art districts, fine food, active nightlife and
historic neighborhoods. To the gay & lesbian
community, the renaissance of the city has
translated into an openness and vibrancy felt
throughout many areas.

The Short North has evolved into the gay and
lesbian neighborhood of Columbus. It's a
shopping paradise for the gay and lesbian
shopper featuring galleries, card shops, book
stores, vintage clothing and fine antiques.
The nightlife starts with Columbus' best
restaurants and end with more than 20 gay bars
and dance clubs, each having something unique
to offer.

If Performing Arts are your passion, you may
choose from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
and BalletMet, Opera/Columbus, the National
Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival, ProMusica
Chamber Orchestra, Catco, Columbus Jazz
Orchestra, the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus, and
a host of local theater programs including Act Out
Productions and Reality Theater. For Visual Arts,
the Columbus Museum of Art collection includes
late 19th and early 20th century American and
European art and works of Impressionism,
German Expressionism and Cubism. Also, the
Columbus College of Art and Design offers
visitors a chance to view student-generated
artwork in many media. Additional must-see
attractions include Franklin Park Conservatory,
one of the nation's largest conservatories and
Botanical Gardens.

Columbus is easy to get to, thanks to service
from twenty airlines, and as a mid-west city it
enjoys four distinct seasons. Winters are cold,
summers are warm, so you'll want to pack
accordingly. Take a closer look and you'll see that
Columbus is worthy of your consideration when
plans call for an enjoyable place to visit, live or do
business.

For information on these and other places to visit
and play, contact the Stonewall Community
Center at (614) 299-7764, and the Greater
Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800)
345-4FUN.

Photos Courtesy of Greater Columbus Convention &
Visitors Bureau
(courtesy Rachel Andrews)