Located in northeastern Ohio, Akron might not be the first place that comes to your mind when you think gay. But you'll be pleasantly surprised at the burgeoning LGBT community that calls Akron home. And it's getting more gay friendly all the time. In 2009, Akron elected two openly gay politicians to local offices. The gay center of Akron is the Highland Square neighborhood, an artistic, bohemian center that is a bit more upscale than its working class neighbors. A handful of gay-owned establishments fill Highland Square, but most of the businesses in this neighborhood are gay friendly.