My partner and I (lesbians in our early 30’s just starting our family) are really thinking of moving to Guelph. We love that it is so diverse and has that city-meets-country vibe. We were wondering if there are any areas/streets/neighbourhoods that would be more gay friendly (like the gay village area in Toronto) so we can look at buying a house in an area where we will be more welcomed (especially for the kids!).
Thanks in advance – you folks provide an invaluable resource!
Thanks for your question and your kind words!
It sounds like you’re looking for a safe and affirming community where you can feel comfortable raising your family (congratulations by the by!).
As to a specific streets or neighbourhoods, I can’t say that I’ve heard of any places in the city that parallel Toronto’s ‘Gaybourhood’.
I feel like you’d probably be welcomed anywhere in Guelph, but If I had to make a guess, I’d say that the neighbourhoods closer to the university, or those near to our affirming churches ( Harcourt United and the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph) might be especially friendly for queer and trans* families.
If you have a real estate agent and feel comfortable coming out to them, it might be worthwhile to ask if they have any knowledge of especially queer friendly areas – they may have some insider information from working with other clients.
I hope that gives you a helpful starting point!
Feel free to give us a shout if you’d like to chat more about this exciting transition. We’re on the lines on Mondays, from 3:30-6pm, and Wednesdays, from 6-9pm.
Happy house hunting!