We don’t want you to get the wrong idea about Gay Fort Worth’s relationship with Gay Dallas. In many cases, we’re the same people. Some Fort Worth people spend their nights in Dallas, and some Dallas gays and lesbians spend their workdays in Cowtown.
With only a half-hour’s drive separating us from our neighbor to the east, we’re bound to blend with their good people from time to time.
It’s just that Fort Worth’s citizens take pride in being different from Dallasites.
We’re all Texans, of course, and that’s a very good thing. But Fort Worth has a much different attitude than Dallas. While Fort Worth is eclectic and laidback, Dallas is glossy, glitzy and sometimes a bit annoying. And yes, we’re a bit biased in favor of the city we’ve chosen to call home.
Still, we’re willing to admit Dallas has a few good things going for it. Here are four things that Gay Fort Worth is proud to have in nearby Dallas. Yes, I said proud.
1. A real gay neighborhood.
While it can sometimes be hard to locate gays and lesbians in Fort Worth, in Dallas all you have to do is go to the intersection of Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs, just north of downtown, and you’ll find a gay and lesbian community.
Along with some gay clubs, the businesses in this neighborhood are almost all gay-run or at least exceptionally gay-friendly.
2. The largest gay church in the world.
Cathedral of Hope, the largest gay and lesbian church in the world with thousands of members, has been the largest of its kind for decades. Founded as part of the mostly-gay Metropolitan Community Church denomination, the congregation is now part of the liberal-but-mainline United Church of Christ.
Despite the change of denominations and some stumbles through the years related to staffing and its ambitious building project, the congregation has remained strong.
3. Culture nearly as interesting as Fort Worth’s.
Gays and lesbian are particularly interested in surrounding themselves with beautiful things and interesting experiences, don’t you think? While Fort Worth has authentic cowboy culture and world-class museums, Dallas has some culture to crow about too.
If you don’t think there’s anything beautiful or impressive in Dallas, visit the Dallas Museum of Art and the nearby Nasher Culture Center. And that’s just to get started.
4. Plenty of people of all kinds.
While Fort Worth is a diverse city, the Dallas population is even more diverse. This is largely because Dallas is a much bigger city.
Gay Dallas benefits from the large population of the city. More people means more money, more resources and a more organized approach to many things. Plus, the Dallas gay and lesbian community is much larger than Fort Worth’s, meaning there are more people from which you can choose if you’re looking for a date for the night or the person of your dreams.
Nice Place To Visit, But…
It’s hard to accept that Dallas may have some advantages over Fort Worth, but Gay Fort Worth promotes honest talk and fair opinions, so we have to admit it — even if we don’t want to.
We recommend you spend as much time as possible in Fort Worth, but Gay Dallas is there for you if you need it.
If you’re lucky, though, you’ll find everything you need in Fort Worth.