Alternative Luxury Travel by Bruvion recently released a new survey that ranks Detroit as “the most dangerous U.S. city to visit for gay travelers” and says the city has “a slumping economy, increase in crime, high number of landmark gay bars closing and having a severe lack of smart accommodations," reports CBS Detroit.
Dave Garca, Executive Director of Affirmations LGBT community center in Ferndale, Michigan, told CBS Detroit: “The city of Detroit itself and the metropolitan area at large has many safe, exciting, and fun venues for the LGBT community. From Ferndale to Royal Oak to many downtown destinations like the FOX, The Detroit Opera House and sports venues. Like any city, Detroit has some areas that are safer than others.”
Garcia did admit that Michigan was not completely gay friendly: “It is still legal to fire people in Michigan for being gay, we can not marry, can not adopt, and the governor signed away domestic partner benefits for LGBT public employees."
"Conservatives in Lansing have placed Michigan at a huge economic disadvantage as we continue to lose top LGBT talent to our neighbors by creating a hostile environment state-wide for LGBT people and they must be held accountable for it.”