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Gay Rochester: Coming up roses


Rochester is the third largest city in New York, home to a fabulous and flourishing gay and lesbian community. Located on the cusp of New York States Finger Lake region and Lake Ontario, there is never a shortage of activities for any season. Rochester is home to many legends of history, from George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, to Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony--as well a who's who of celebrities and actors too long to mention. With charming mansions lining East Avenue, and its tree-lined neighborhoods, it's no wonder Rochester was ranked the sixth most livable city among 379 U.S. metropolitan areas in the 25th edition (2007) of the Places Rated Almanac.

The Park Avenue corridor of Rochester's downtown is considered the gay area, offering chic dining, drinking and entertainment with a range of great bars and clubs. During the day, and within walking distance to Park Avenue, one will find historic sites, museums, galleries as well as shopping and theater. With many active gay and lesbian groups and events being held throughout the year, the gay pride festivities are accepted and celebrated not only within the gay community but far outside as well. Yes, the flower city is coming up pink roses.