Southern Pride is our monthly column exploring and celebrating LGBTQ culture in Southern cities. This month we're heading to sweet home Alabama to check out the scene in Birmingham.
Chances are Birmingham doesn’t instantly come to mind when you think of LGBTQ-friendly cities, but with an impressive Human Rights Campaign 2017 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) of 83, the city is much more inclusive than you might expect.
In fact, in June of this year, Birmingham’s mayor Randall Woodfin selected Josh Coleman to serve as the city’s first LGBTQ liaison. Colman’s position and work strengthens the queer community’s relationship with the city, ensuring their concerns are heard and considered. This new show of support for the LGBTQ community is sure to make this Southern town feel even more welcoming to members of the gay community looking to move to the area.
The following are some of the LGBTQ-friendly offerings residents of Birmingham enjoy — and why more members of the LGBTQ community may want to consider calling Birmingham home.