By Andrew Collins. Situated in the heart of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains the Blue Ridge Parkway passes through the area, just east of the city , beautiful Roanoke, population ,, ranks among the most up-and-coming centers of dining, arts, and culture in the Southeast. If you've been to Asheville, miles southwest, you may glimpse a bit of the hipster, outdoorsy vibe that's just starting to take hold in Roanoke, especially in bustling neighborhoods like Grandin Village. Roanoke has also steadily cultivated a growing LGBT community over the years. Note that a number of related Roanoke Pride events are taking place in the area during the weeks leading up to Pride weekend, with the fun kicking off on Friday, August 26, with a Roanoke Pride Former Titleholders Show. See the full calendar of Roanoke Pride events for details on each party.
The Park stands as one of the few gay nightspots remaining in Roanoke. All photos by Suzie Kelly. On a Friday night in September , a former Marine who had drifted into Roanoke walked down Salem Avenue and into a gay bar, where he ordered a beer and then proceeded to open fire. He killed Danny Overstreet , 43, and injured six others. Ronald Gay later claimed he targeted the bar after a lifetime spent being jeered for his surname. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is now serving four life sentences. The shooting galvanized Roanoke and triggered an outpouring of support that in retrospect looks like a pivotal moment in changing attitudes toward LGBTQ individuals.
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Meddings said he told his boss, who he said was a lesbian, what was going on. I went, I took off my shirt, my hat, my name badge and I quit. Tallie, a history professor at Washington and Lee University who specializes in research into gender and sexuality, said that the acronym LGBTQ suggests harmony, but what people really mean is gay.