Why this Georgia mountain town has become a gay-friendly hot spot
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The mountain town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, has beautiful mountain vistas, festivals aplenty and some of the coziest bed and breakfasts one can find. The cherry on top for some travelers: its welcoming gay community. The surrounding Fannin County has the fourth highest concentration of same-sex couples, while neighboring Gilmer County has the state's fifth highest, according to the California-based think tank. This puts the Blue Ridge-area in the top 2 percent of counties in Georgia and in the top 10 percent in the nation. It was recently recognized by Thrillist as the most gay-friendly city in Georgia. Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus received honorable mentions on the list. The list of reasons that gay couples have flocked to this unsuspecting town in North Georgia could get quite lengthy.
Queer entrepreneurship is more than a calling. One in four LGBTQ people report experiencing employment discrimination in the last five years, while transgender people have twice the unemployment rate of non-trans people. In 28 states , queer people can be legally fired for their sexuality. In 30 states , transgender individuals can be legally fired for their gender identity.
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