theantijock saidNot surprised this is Tampa which many think of as a conservative area but actually tends towards inclusion, both in sexual orientation and interracially.
The Human Rights Campaign's scored Tampa http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/MEI_tampa_2013.pdf an 89, higher than Wilton 82, Fort Laud 77 and Orlando 79 & beat out only by (on its list) Miami Beach 100.
I'm often dubious of these "scores". Problem with Tampa is that it's in conservative Hillsborough County, which for years had refused to recognize or support any Gay Pride days or celebrations. As a result, in past years Tampa even had to cancel Gay Pride.
I believe Tampa's rating relies on a small section known as Ybor City, which is indeed a gay enclave. But a single neighborhood does not a city make, nor a county.
Whereas Wilton Manors (not "Wilton") has hosted a Pride parade & festival for many years, and will again this year. And has one of the highest gay resident concentrations in the US.
Along with being in Broward County, which is very gay friendly. Even the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) has a full-time LGBT community liaison person, a friend of ours, and provides resources to our annual gay events, even to supplying silent auction items to our fundraisers. Hell, the BSO even has an employment recruiting booth at our Pride events! Tampa's Hillsborough County doesn't do that.