Jan 10 - Top 15 Gayest Cities In America

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Jan 10 - Top 15 Gayest Cities In America
 

 
Here are the top 15 "gayest" cities, as ranked by The Advocate:

15. Denver, Colorado
14. Long Beach, California
13. Austin, Texas
12. Portland, Oregon
11. Little Rock, Arkansas
10. Grand Rapids, Michigan
9. Atlanta, Georgia
8. Knoxville, Tennessee
7. St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
6. Ann Arbor, Michigan
5. Seattle, Washington
4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Orlando, Florida
1. Salt Lake City, Utah

(CNN) - Salt Lake City, Utah, is known for breathtaking mountain scenery, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the 2002 Winter Olympics.

But today it was also named the Gayest City in America by The Advocate magazine.

The Advocate ranked cities according to its own admittedly nonscientific criteria, including the number of gay and lesbian bookstores, elected officials who are lesbian, gay, bis3xual or transgender, and some edgier metrics like the number of International Mr. Leather competition semifinalists and the presence of nud3 yoga classes. This year’s list intended to examine cities that are outside the usual orbit of San Francisco, Boston, Miami and New York, and came up with several surprises - Grand Rapids, Michigan, Knoxville, Tennessee. Even Little Rock, Arkansas, ranked 11 out of 15.

Salt Lake City LGBTQ advocates were pleasantly surprised by the rankings.

“Well, you know, we’re all very proud of our community here, and we’ve done a lot of growing and empowering of each other and our allies in the community,” said Valerie Larabee, the executive director of the Utah Pride Center, but “we probably wouldn’t have a higher ranking if the homework was done … We don’t have nekkid yoga, or at least none of us know about it.”

(For the record: The Advocate counted one nud3 yoga class there, and one Mr. Leather semifinalist, too.)

According to 2010 Census data analyzed by UCLA’s Williams Institute, 15.36 out of every 1,000 households in Salt Lake City are headed by a same-s3x couple. Salt Lake City ranks 81st out of 1,415 cities nationwide in its number of same-s3x couples per capita.

The same analysis found that Little Rock had 7.51 gay or lesbian couples for every 1,000 households, ranking it 392nd.

Salt Lake City was ranked higher than several cities many would presume to be gay-friendlier, like Denver, Austin, and Atlanta. But Larabee said that Salt Lake’s top ranking shouldn’t overshadow the discrimination and lack of acceptance that many LGBTQ Utahns still face.

“I appreciate that there’s some humor in the selections, in the indices that were used, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves,” Larabee said. “We, like many of these communities, still have some issues that need to be addressed. While we have a thriving community here, we’re united because we have to be.”

Randi Romo heads the Center for Artistic Revolution in Little Rock, which serves as the state’s LGBTQ organization. She was also bemused by the city’s inclusion.

“Little Rock can be friendly, but we still have a lot of the religious right wing rhetoric that feeds into everything,” Romo said. “Arkansas is one of the only states in the nation that doesn’t have a civil rights commission that can receive and adjudicate civil rights complaints. There are no local or state ordinances to protect [LBGTQ people] against discrimination.”


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 5 years ago '04        #2
lilsnatch770|M 99 heat pts99
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Had to post this sh*t here because I found this study hilarious and I know people on Boxden will freak out.

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McmasterlockPt2 36 heat pts36
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I smell a tebow joke on the way.
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lilsnatch770|M 99 heat pts99
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 McmasterlockPt2 said:
I smell a tebow joke on the way.
Why Salt Lake City was listed as the gayest
 5 years ago '04        #5
Menace718 1 heat pts
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What about San Francisco? They clean house after all the constant gay bashing?
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ThrowedNDaGame 43 heat pts43
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 5 years ago '10        #7
vuser88 28 heat pts28
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wtf cambridge?
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Bighempin of QM 13 heat pts13
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They mean gay as in happy!
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SmokeyTheBlunt 9 heat pts
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I see michigan is well represented on this list.............
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EscoNore 67 heat pts67
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Grand Rapids...Mayweather
 5 years ago '05        #11
THEINFAMOUS 15 heat pts15
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 SmokeyTheBlunt said:
I see michigan is well represented on this list.............
 5 years ago '09        #12
markee 30 heat pts30
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Frisco isnt there...woot!
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Tony Franks 5 heat pts
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Dam, no san fran?

And I guess everyone is welcome in utah, as long as u aren't black.
 5 years ago '11        #14
Kingpin 313 100 heat pts100
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No Atlanta or San Fran




We Don't Believe You You need more people
 5 years ago '04        #15
MGz 859 heat pts859
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 Kingpin 313 said:
No Atlanta or San Fran




We Don't Believe You You need more people
Atlanta is num 9
 5 years ago '06        #16
Special Edd 139 heat pts139
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They sure is gay down here in florida.
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Damn we made the list.
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paliknight 31 heat pts31
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people dont read. this study includes cities that are not obvious like NYC and SF.
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 SmokeyTheBlunt said:
I see michigan is well represented on this list.............
i am very disappointed to see that
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Veno da Don 18 heat pts18
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What happened all the fruits in San Fran have life changing decisions?

now the Braylon Edwards sh*t makes perfect sense UofM
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