January 25, 2010

When you think of the gayest American city, what do you think of? Chances are that you think “San Francisco”.

Well, according to Mike Albo, in the Advocate, San Francisco doesn’t even rank in the top 15 gayest U.S. cities.

Through Albo’s analytics, such as the number of same-sex couple households per capita, elected gay officials, statewide marriage equality, and habits and services within specific zip codes, the list of gay cities may not be what you’d expect.

So, what are the top ranked gay friendly cities?

1. Atlanta, Georgia;
2. Iowa City, Iowa;
3. Austin, Texas; and,
4. Albuquerque, N.M..
5. Madison, Wis.

The Advocate states:

“Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state, but Atlanta is undoubtedly our gayest city—with 29 gay bars here, there’s a reason it’s dubbed Hotlanta. Atlanta’s several queer events include one of the nation’s largest Prides in October (returning to Piedmont Park this year), and MondoHomo, a May event celebrating art, drag, burlesque, film, and BBQ. The gay epicenter is Midtown, anchored by Outwrite Books, a giant gay bookstore bucking the national trend—by staying in business! Atlanta guys are hunky, the ladies are gracious, the gay sports leagues are seriously well organized, and its housewives (and their gay BFFs, complete with handbags and heels) are now camp icons. And who doesn’t love the sweet lilt of a Georgia accent on a knockout guy or gal?” Advocate

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