Southern Pride is our monthly column exploring and celebrating LGBTQ culture in Southern cities. This month we're heading down to the bayou to check out the scene in Shreveport.
Located in Northwest Louisiana, Shreveport is the cultural, educational and commercial hub of the Ark-La-Tex region, where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. Overshadowed by its famous neighbor to the south, this mid-size city pulls an impressively high MEI score of 77, only slightly lower than New Orleans. Home to five colleges and universities including Louisiana State University - Shreveport, members of the LGBTQ community seeking a higher education or a home base that provides access to year-round recreation and a thriving cultural scene, should take a closer look at this Southern city.