The 20 Most Gay-Friendly Cities (U.S.)

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    May 30, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    According to NerdWallet:

    http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/2013/gay-friendly-cities/

    1. Palm Springs
    2. San Francisco
    3. Seattle
    4. Long Beach
    5. Cambridge
    6. Los Angeles
    7. Portland
    8. Philadelphia
    9. San Diego
    10. New York
    11. St. Louis,
    12. Chicago
    13. Denver
    14. Berkeley
    15. Albany
    16. Northampton
    17. Hartford
    18. Madison
    19. Austin
    20. Rochester


    How they came up with these results:

    1. Do the laws support gay residents? We used the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index to assess the municipal laws affecting LGBT residents. The index measures the equality of each city’s non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment practices, city services, law enforcement and municipality leadership.
    2. Is there a LGBT community and can you find peer support? We included the percentage of same-sex households in the region from the U.S. Census.
    3. Is the community safe and tolerant toward gays? We included the number of hate crimes for sexual orientation per 100,000 residents in our overall score.


  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 31, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    Not a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.
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    May 31, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidNot a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.

    The HRC rating was one factor used. None of the cities listed received a score lower than 95 on the HRC rating and Florida had none that high. Incidentally, it was not Ft. Lauderdale or Key West or even Wilton Manors that received the highest HRC rating in Florida, but your town of Orlando with a score of 77. In some states it is much more difficult for a city to get a high score because some of the laws in those states might limit how far a city can go. The HRC ratings lean very heavy on legal protections passed in the cities and programs offered in the community.
  • calibro

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    May 31, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidNot a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.


    that's because florida as a whole is a cesspool that hates gays
  • GingerOH

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    May 31, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    How did Columbus, Ohio not make this list but St. Louis did!?
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 31, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    GingerOH saidHow did Columbus, Ohio not make this list but St. Louis did!?


    I'm from Missouri and can't believe St. Louis is on the list .... it is legal to fire someone simply based on their LGBT status in our state....and I visit St. Louis and don't find it particularly gay friendly.
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    May 31, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Someone's gonna have to bring Deco some smelling salts.

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  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 31, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    turtleneckjock saidNot a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.

    The HRC rating was one factor used. None of the cities listed received a score lower than 95 on the HRC rating and Florida had none that high. Incidentally, it was not Ft. Lauderdale or Key West or even Wilton Manors that received the highest HRC rating in Florida, but your town of Orlando with a score of 77. In some states it is much more difficult for a city to get a high score because some of the laws in those states might limit how far a city can go. The HRC ratings lean very heavy on legal protections passed in the cities and programs offered in the community.


    True. The City Of Orlando and Orange County have agreed to domestic and same sex partner benefits (medical, insurance, etc) for all city/county employees. Guess we did something Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and the more "cosmopolitan" and "trendy" Florida cities haven't done (to my knowledge anyway).
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    May 31, 2013 2:40 AM GMT
    calibro said
    turtleneckjock saidNot a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.


    that's because florida as a whole is a cesspool that hates gays


    Not completely true....
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    May 31, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    calibro said
    turtleneckjock saidNot a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.


    that's because florida as a whole is a cesspool that hates gays


    Not completely true....
    If it weren't for my adversity to cold weather, I'd live up north. Warm winters are the ONLY thing that keeps me in SoFla.

    FL truly is a hateful state. SoFla is the best part of the state, but still doesn't hold a candle to the inclusiveness of the north...particularly the northeast (excluding NYC, which I've grown to not love so much).
  • WhoDey

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    May 31, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    I'm shocked Minneapolis didn't make it
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 31, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    turtleneckjock said
    calibro said
    turtleneckjock saidNot a single Florida city made it.....not even Ft. Lauderdale or Key West!

    Absurd.
    Unreal.


    that's because florida as a whole is a cesspool that hates gays


    Not completely true....
    If it weren't for my adversity to cold weather, I'd live up north. Warm winters are the ONLY thing that keeps me in SoFla.

    FL truly is a hateful state. SoFla is the best part of the state, but still doesn't hold a candle to the inclusiveness of the north...particularly the northeast (excluding NYC, which I've grown to not love so much).


    I don't think we are that hateful. Ignorant, yeah. Central Florida, especially the I-4 Corridor has made some quantum leaps regarding accepting us--and electing gays to public office. North Florida is still Santorum-land though.....but as far as I'm concerned, they don't even exist anymore.
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    May 31, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    That list is BS.

    Washington, DC didn't make the list?

    Gay marriage is legal there and it has one of the largest and most politically active gay communities in the country.

    Meh...icon_neutral.gif
  • Montague

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    May 31, 2013 5:27 AM GMT
    Ahhh SoCal. SoPerf.
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    May 31, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    Seattle is gay friendly. But, a lonely existence if you don't live in the gayborhood.

    Lots of unfriendly gays.

    At the moment, I'm halfway between WeHo and Palm Springs.

    "I'm Batman". sigh.
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    May 31, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    umm this is obviously inaccurate considering Atlanta isnt on there..
  • Joeyphx444

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    May 31, 2013 6:55 AM GMT
    Who can afford to live in half of those places icon_razz.gif
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    May 31, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    Joeyphx444 saidWho can afford to live in half of those places icon_razz.gif


    And the other half are either dumps or pretty cheap to live in.....icon_confused.gif
  • metta

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    May 31, 2013 7:13 AM GMT
    6 out of 20 are in California. Not too bad. icon_smile.gif


    1. Palm Springs
    2. San Francisco
    4. Long Beach
    6. Los Angeles
    9. San Diego
    14. Berkeley

    Out of 50 States, California got 30% of the top 20 spaces and most of those are near the top of the list.

  • metta

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    May 31, 2013 7:16 AM GMT
    Joeyphx444 saidWho can afford to live in half of those places icon_razz.gif


    Gay people do tend to move to beautiful places and beautiful places tend to cost more to live in. If you find a beautiful, progressive city, especially with an art community within it, there tends to be a higher percentage of gay people. It is a good reason why gay people really need to make more. If you live in a more costly city, you normally need to make more money to live there.
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    May 31, 2013 7:18 AM GMT
    metta8 said6 out of 20 are in California. Not too bad. icon_smile.gif


    1. Palm Springs
    2. San Francisco
    4. Long Beach
    6. Los Angeles
    9. San Diego
    14. Berkeley


    Yay to California's cities!!! icon_biggrin.gif Los Angeles alone have like 4 break downs - Silverlake, West Hollywood, Venice/Malibu, OC/Laguna Beach plus Long Beach !! Cool!!
  • metta

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    May 31, 2013 7:26 AM GMT
    I am surprised to see hate crimes so high in Palm Springs. I wonder what is going on over there.