Gayest City in America Is .... Salt Lake?

It's got real 'queer cred,' says the Advocate

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2012 5:32 PM CST

(Newser) – The Advocate has crunched the numbers to determine the "gayest cities in America." This isn't some census-based survey, but rather a "decidedly objective" equation that factors in everything from the number of elected LGBT officials to the presence of nude yoga classes. And the winners are:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Salt Lake? Yup. It's changed, boasting "more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women," plus a lesbian-owned wine bar. The Sundance Film Festival brings in LGBT movie fans, too.
  2. Orlando: Gay Days at Disney World, protections for domestic partners, and "more gay softball teams than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at," writes Matthew Breen.
  3. Cambridge, Mass: Laws have protected transgenders since 1997, plus it has a gay club with male dancers six nights a week.
  4. Fort Lauderdale: With less spring break thuggery and a growing number of gay bars and restaurants, this is a "rising homo mecca."
  5. Seattle: A "robust LGBT scene," not to mention Dan Savage.
Click for the full list of 15, plus 10 honorable mentions.

This 2010 photo shows the historic City and County Building in downtown Salt Lake City.
This 2010 photo shows the historic City and County Building in downtown Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Mike Stark)
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