Hi Minny! I grew up in Gloucester and went to school there, and spent a lot of time in Cheltenham growing up, and have many friends there. If you have any more detailed questions feel free to private message me! Personally I didn't have a great time growing up in Gloucester, and going to school there. I went to one of the boys' grammar schools and was bullied horribly. But by the time I moved for sixth form to the girls' equivalent, it was easier to come out, and I actually helped a few friends come out after I led the way. And I know that a few of the younger gay kids had an easier time coming out after I'd left too. A lot of the kids who bullied me at school are now pretty pro-LGBT+ rights, so maybe it's changed. Of course, kids are cruel anywhere, so it's impossible to avoid bullies all the time. Growing up I spent a lot of time in both Cheltenham and Gloucester. I know personally I felt a lot safer dressing in a more obvious 'gay way' (basically just dressing with a vague sense of fashion) in Cheltenham, and I would probably feel comfortable holding hands with another male there. I actually met my first boyfriend in one of Cheltenham's clubs after he came to my prom, and although I never went to the gay bar before it closed, I didn't feel uncomfortable being gay in 'straight' clubs like I have in many other cities, including Norwich which does have gay bars and is generally very inclusive and accepting. I know a few gay people who went to the school in Cheltenham you may be thinking of - the mixed grammar school - and they seemed to find it okay. If you like I can ask one of my best friends who grew up gay in Cheltenham and knows the city better than I do any questions you have, and I know he'd be more than happy to provide some insight! I would say Cheltenham is friendly and a place I would feel comfortable raising gay children, but I also found growing up there to be very stifling. There wasn't much to do and as soon as I moved to university I chose one all the way over in Norwich, and now I'm living in Philadelphia for a year - so I personally found growing up in the area great motivation to escape! I would never move back to Gloucester as I don't feel safe being gay there particularly, and there's not much to do and the people can be (occasionally) violent. The whole place is a little draining really, lots of my friends find it the same (gay and straight) when they return from university. If I did have to move back to the area it would be Cheltenham. Having said that I spent a little time in Edinburgh this summer, and actually went to a few gay clubs with some friends, as well as going to some in Glasgow. I found Edinburgh to be really exciting and there was lots to do - I don't think I'd have been bored growing up there. But I also noticed in the friends I have in both cities there is less incentive for them to get out and see the world. Obviously in part due to free university education, but even after, I have a drive to travel but they seem content living in Edinburgh forever. I'm not sure how important that is to you with regards to your kids, but I've noticed living in a bigger city or a very small town can often discourage kids from thinking of moving. If you like I could also forward any questions you may have to my friends in Glasgow and Edinburgh - one of whom is English and moved for university and so may have a different perspective to mine as he knows the area well but is also an outsider. I hope this has helped! Let me know if you have any more questions!