Gay Seattle: When the sun shines

Seattle has long been ridiculed for its dreary weather, but when the sun comes out, this city shines. The surroundings are spectacularly beautiful, with Elliott Bay and Lake Washington on either end of the city with a view of Mount Rainier in the distance. The city has come alive in recent years aided primarily by the success of its computer industry (Microsoft and Amazon.com are based here) and the influx of new residents from around the US. Gay Seattle is primarily centered around Capitol Hill, a quaint, friendly neighborhood, but you'll find gay people living and working throughout this city and in its computer industry in the surrounding suburbs.

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