Reader Guide: Thomas On Spartanburg, SC
My name: Thomas
Gay.com Member Name: HoldUndo
My age: 23
My profession: Full-time Student / Musician
City/town: Spartanburg, SC
Relationship status: Single
What's the nearest city to "let loose" in, and on what occasion do you go there?
A really great thing Spartanburg offers is that it is so close to Atlanta (2 hours), Charlotte (1.5 hours), Columbia (1.5 hours), and Asheville-NC (dubbed "San Francisco of the East"). Out of the four, I try to get to Asheville at least four times a year to go record shopping or catch touring bands.
How "out" are you where you live?
Completely, but I'm also pretty butch (even my hetero-male friends think so!), so my "out" status is sort of nullified.
Other than bars or clubs, where to people cruise in your town?
There's a public park owned by a textile producer that used to be a big deal. However, the cops have ben cracking down on that a lot more lately. Mostly older guys / business men in town for a day.
Are there enough guys to date in your town? Where do you meet men?
Frankly, no. If there are, I certainly haven't met them! I've attempted to meet guys at local bars, concerts, out-and-about, but so far I have yet to ever run across any other gay guys in this town. I've heard that the mall is a veritable watering hole, but I never have any real reason to go.
If you had the money to open up a gay business or establishment in your town, what would it be, and why?
A bar, since we lost BOTH of ours in the last couple years.
Has your town ever had a "gay scandal?"
A local high school music teacher got busted for exposing himself to a police officer (although it happened at the aforementioned cruising spot). It was a big deal for a few weeks.
What are some great restaurants for a romantic gay date?
Gerhard's Cafe (European-American), Five Spices (Indian), Tea House on Lake Lanier (about 45 minutes away, but well worth the drive + money).
What is the gay community like there? Do you consider yourself to be part of any particular "scene?"
The gay community here is pretty small, and to me is pretty nonexistent. However, I think this is changing, since Spartanburg hosted our FIRST EVER Upstate Pride march. Over 500 marchers (estimated) showed up!
If you had gay friends visiting from out of town for the first time, what are some "must-dos" you'd recommend?
Eat at the Beacon and Venus Pie, visit the Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve, take one of the Spartaburg County Museum's downtown walking tours, drinks at the Nu-Way, go see a show at Ground Zero (must be experienced to be believed).
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