Atlanta Tops Gayest-Cities List

College towns Burlington, Bloomington among Advocate 's top 5

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2010 10:54 PM CST

(Newser) – Using criteria like the number of same-sex-couple households per capita, gay elected officials, gay bars and gay films among Netflix favorites, the Advocate crowns Atlanta as the gayest city in the US. Some reasons why, and the rest of the top five:

  • Though “Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state,” Mike Albo writes, “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.”

  • Burlington, Vt.: Hub of the state’s gay-rights efforts, and “nearby Ben & Jerry’s renamed its Chubby Hubby flavor ‘Hubby Hubby’ to celebrate the state’s marriage-equality law.”
  • Iowa City: “Where Brokeback Mountain’s Ennis and Jack would have bought a house and adopted kids, in the alternate ending of that romance.”
  • Bloomington, Ind.: University town is home to the nation’s oldest on-campus, student-sponsored drag competition, and “the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction is also here, inspiring the entire town to be heteroflexible.
  • Madison, Wis.: In “the Berkeley of the Midwest … heaps of cute blond dreadlocked nuevo organic farmer dudes can be found at the Willy Street Co-op or the Farmers’ Market drinking their own beer from mason jars.”
For the rest of the top 15, click the link at right.

Atlanta's "gay epicenter is Midtown, anchored by Outwrite Books, a giant gay bookstore bucking the national trend—by staying in business," the Advocate notes.   (OutwriteBooks.com)
Atlanta hosts one of the nation's largest gay pride parades.   (AtlantaPride.org)
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