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Growing up, I hated Baton Rouge. In my teen years, Baton Rouge didn’t have much to offer besides crappy chain restaurants, LSU football games and a high teen pregnancy rate. After high school, I swore I’d go to college out of state, or at least outside of Baton Rouge. Once I got accepted to the state’s flagship university, I promised I’d leave once and for all after graduation, journalism degree in hand. When I was offered a job in the place I’d spent my entire life trying to escape, I figured I’d better learn to love Baton Rouge.

My job requires me to explore and write about Baton Rouge and its burgeoning food scene, and in doing so, I began to see firsthand how greatly I’d underestimated my hometown, and how much things were beginning to change.

Today, Baton Rouge is as much a travel destination in Louisiana as New Orleans. The city has seen a revival the way many mid-sized cities across the U.S. have in recent years. With a thriving food and beverage scene, a revitalized downtown, and a huge college-aged population, Baton Rouge is best described by the favorite local adage, “a drinking town with a football problem.”

By Sydney – Full Story at Autostraddle

Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

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We started Purple Roofs in 1999, and we're still the best place to find small, "family owned" and gay friendly accommodations, with more than 4,800 bed and breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals and other properties around the world, many of them with full page listings and photographs. Many of our listings ar small mom and mom or pop and pop businesses - places you'll have a hard time finding anywhere else. We also list hundreds of gay owned and friendly travel agents and tour operators around the world. Our Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog lists thousands of gay travel articles, and once a month, we send the latest articles and gay travel events to our mailing list of more than 25,000 people. We also send out our monthly newswire with specials from gay innkeepers worldwide. Join our maillist here. We also list hundreds of gay travel events - from gay prides to ski weeks to film festivals. At Purple Roofs, we are gay travel.