As a gay man who moved to Olympia six years ago, I can see both sides of the low municipal rating Olympia received on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
On one hand, I have always felt comfortable being myself and being out in Olympia, including at work, and I’m impressed at how progressive Olympia is. At the same time, I’ve been shocked by how small the gay men’s community is. (I believe the womens’ community is much stronger.)
Olympia is still a place from which most gay men move away at their first opportunity. I’ve gotten involved in efforts to change that, including being part of a small group of guys trying to start an Olympia Gay Men’s Chorus — if we can get enough singers - but I think Olympia still has a long way to go before it can be considered a great place for gay men to live.