Columbus isn't awful if you find your niche to plug into. But it can be tough. It's very Abercrombie-cornfed-jock-I-eat-at-Max-&-Erma's-and-Bob Evans. Some of the older gay men are a little more sophisticated.
In the New York Times Style Magazine, Tim Murphy reports that Columbus is emerging as "a Midwestern gay mecca." The city, Murphy explains, has a welcoming spirit, strong social networks and "gayborhoods" where a significant segment of the population is gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Although "the town's most fashionable young man" exclaims Ohio's capital still lacks the cosmopolitan appeal of the big city: