Minneapolis Takes the Crown
Last week, LGBT website Advocate.com released its annual list of the “Gayest Cities in America”. While some mainstays made the list including San Francisco, Las Vegas and Washington D.C., others like Santa Fe, NM (#2), Vancouver, WA (#6) and their top choice, Minneapolis, Minnesota were quite surprising.
According to the site, “Minneapolis has become the gay magnet city of the Midwest. People here are no-nonsense, practical, and don’t deal well with hypocrites.” They point out Minneapolis is where the Evangelical Lutheran Church took a historic leap forward and voted to accept gay and lesbian pastors. In addition, Minnesota senator Al Franken introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act to protect LGBT youth from bullying.
Absent from the list are major cities like Fort Lauderdale, New York and Chicago, even though they have been known to be epicenters of gay life in America. Miami barely squeezed on, placing in the last spot, despite organizing an impressive Gay Pride celebration two years in a row.
Orlando was Florida’s highest ranking city at #4. The “City Beautiful” has a growing cultural center, new entertainment venues and a swanky new Arena, which is already drawing attention away from Tampa. And don’t forget, the city is the theme park capital of the world, possibly employing more LGBT individuals in hospitality than any other travel destination.
Receiving an honorable mention, were Salt Lake City, UT, Sand Diego, Ca and Dallas, TX, a rather new hotspot in the country. The Advocate reports, “Logo’s A List is now extending its series to Dallas and a recent poll commissioned by Equality Texas found that 88 percent of registered voters in Texas support the expansion of gay rights including anti-bullying legislation, 69 percent support anti-discrimination measures for transgender citizens, and 42 percent support the legalization of same-sex marriage.
To view the complete list, please visit Advocate.com