Gay Fort Worth isn’t just one thing. And that’s what makes Fort Worth such a great city for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people — whether you were born around here, came here by choice or were forced to come because of a job or other reason.
Fort Worth’s gay community rarely speaks with one voice, leaving room for everyone in the discussion. The city isn’t very politically active in general, and the GLBT community in Tarrant County reflects the general lack of interest in politics and organizing.
In a city where most people live and let live, Ft. Worth affords gay and lesbian people the opportunity to shine as individuals.
Still, the Internet doesn’t offer enough information to help connect local gay people who want to find each other. Gay websites focused on dating and hookups may serve a purpose, but there’s much more to gay Fort Worth than you’ll experience on a gay dating website.
In this city, if you see gay cowboys wandering between clubs, you can’t be sure whether they’re just into country attire or if they really are cowboys. Fort Worth is where the West begins, so real cowboys can feel just as comfortable here as Fort Worth’s own classical piano virtuoso Van Cliburn. There’s even a branch of TGRA — the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.
This is a city that features diversity of all sort.
It is also a beautiful city built along an easily accessible and lush river. City founders and planners have made sure to add interesting amenities, too, like the world-renown Fort Worth Zoo and the beautiful park with the name no one gets right. While most call it the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, the “al” isn’t there at all. Locals in the know call it by it’s real name, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.
Visitors rarely get beyond our vibrant downtown scene and the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. But interesting, authentic Hispanic culture abounds in the neighborhood around the Stockyards, and the vibrant new West 7th Street development is already delivering on its promise to steal some of downtown’s thunder. Each area of the city seems to offer something different.
For art-minded people and those into a hipper culture, the Fort Worth Near Southside neighborhood is rapidly developing into an area of eclectic shops and interesting destinations. It’s also home to most Fort Worth gay bars. In this mid-sized town, gay clubs don’t always thrive, but they’re doing fine in recent years.
With a collection of world-class cultural destinations including the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the city keeps proving again and again that Fort Worth attractions are as diverse at its citizens.
Gay Fort Worth isn’t just about one group of people or a ghetto-like gay neighborhood. Gay Fort Worth is about the whole city and all the smaller towns that surround it.
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, Cowtown is marked by acceptance, excitement and beauty.
If you haven’t already found that out for yourself, explore the city to find your own version of gay Fort Worth.