The top 15 gayest American cities (according to The Advocate) 2014 Edition.

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    Feb 27, 2014 6:57 AM GMT
    Wow, I stumbled upon this article/ranking, pretty funny and informative I guess. I can't believe NYC Chelsea is not #1. San Francisco is #11 really? Do you live in one of these metro areas? If so, say something about it, agree or disagree. Pasadena is #2? Lol, really? It's not even West Hollywood or Silverlake. Lol

    Read it here:

    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2014/01/06/2014s-gayest-cities-america

    15. Pittsburgh PA
    14. Long Beach Cali
    13. Orlando FL
    12. Rochester NY
    11. San Francisco Cali
    10. Arlington VA
    9. Oakland Cali (over SF really??)
    8. Salt Lake City UT
    7. Madison WI
    6. St. Louis MO
    5. Atlanta GA
    4. Cambridge MASS
    3. Seattle WA
    2. Pasadena Cali (haha, no comment)
    1. Washington D.C.
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    Feb 27, 2014 7:07 AM GMT
    Yeah, Pasadena is a head scratcher. The reasons they cite seem pretty lame. It's a very hetero, anglo, Gap wearing demographic.
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    Feb 27, 2014 7:43 AM GMT
    That list doesn't sound right. icon_confused.gif

    Salt Lake City got on the list???

    How about West Hollywood and Palm Springs? Or Chicago?

  • Feb 27, 2014 7:56 AM GMT
    Wow, I'm from Rochester, NY.. Never would have guessed it would even make top 50.
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    Feb 27, 2014 8:03 AM GMT
    socalx10 saidWow, I stumbled upon this article/ranking, pretty funny and informative I guess. I can't believe NYC Chelsea is not #1. San Francisco is #11 really? Do you live in one of these metro areas? If so, say something about it, agree or disagree. Pasadena is #2? Lol, really? It's not even West Hollywood or Silverlake. Lol

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    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2014/01/06/2014s-gayest-cities-america

    15. Pittsburgh PA
    14. Long Beach Cali
    13. Orlando FL
    12. Rochester NY
    11. San Francisco Cali
    10. Arlington VA
    9. Oakland Cali (over SF really??)
    8. Salt Lake City UT
    7. Madison WI
    6. St. Louis MO
    5. Atlanta GA
    4. Cambridge MASS
    3. Seattle WA
    2. Pasadena Cali (haha, no comment)
    1. Washington D.C.


    I'm queerious how Pittsburgh would be on there and not Columbus. We plenty enough dykes alone to make the list. And Pasadena .... WTF??? And I agree ... Oakland ... another WTF. And St Louis. Sumthin the matter with this list.
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    Feb 27, 2014 8:03 AM GMT
    polfsky saidThat list doesn't sound right. icon_confused.gif

    Salt Lake City got on the list???

    How about West Hollywood and Palm Springs? Or Chicago?

    This list varies quite a bit from year to year. And did you see some of the criteria this year? Number of Lesbian-coupled households (if this were something legitimate they would be doing both gay male coupled and lesbian coupled households), Concerts played by Mariah Carey, P!nk, Lady Gaga, and the Jonas Brothers (1 point for each concert), number of gay rodeos. Really, how can you take this crap seriously?
  • metta

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    Feb 27, 2014 8:16 AM GMT
    I don't know why Pasadena is listed as one of the gayest cities but I have always <3 that city. icon_smile.gif


    How they scored it:

    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2012/01/01/gayest-cities-america-2014-rankings
  • GraphicGuy

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    Feb 27, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    These lists are always a load of crap.
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    Feb 27, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    Iceblink said
    polfsky saidThat list doesn't sound right. icon_confused.gif

    Salt Lake City got on the list???

    How about West Hollywood and Palm Springs? Or Chicago?

    This list varies quite a bit from year to year. And did you see some of the criteria this year? Number of Lesbian-coupled households (if this were something legitimate they would be doing both gay male coupled and lesbian coupled households), Concerts played by Mariah Carey, P!nk, Lady Gaga, and the Jonas Brothers (1 point for each concert), number of gay rodeos. Really, how can you take this crap seriously?


    Thanks for pointing this out.
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    Atlanta is on the mark. Its pretty gay
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    Feb 27, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    Any list that doesn't include Fort Lauderdale is bogus. We can pass on nearby Wilton Manors, which is actually even gayer, about 70% of the population, but is fairly small, not a big city (though a real municipality, not a subdivision of Fort Lauderdale as some mistakenly think).

    The Fort Lauderdale online tourist/visitors bureau even has entire pages devoted exclusively to LGBT vacationers. Do these other cities have that? And FtL has more gay guesthouses than any place in the US of which I'm aware, even Palm Springs. How come gay guesthouses/resorts weren't part of the Advocate criteria? That would sure tell me how gay and gay-friendly a place is.

    But a gay rodeo? No place for one here, and we don't have a good venue for diva concerts, either. But this general Miami area sees them all, and our local gay clubs do theme parties during the annual gay rodeo just a few miles away, everyone dresses up cowboy.

    Statewide elected officials? Well, all of Florida is gonna lose that one, including Key West, likewise not on the list. But I thought this was a CITY list, and Fort Lauderdale does have gay city commissioners (including our personal attorney). And the Wilton Manors city commission is almost entirely gay, except for 2, and they're both extremely gay friendly, I contribute to their election campaigns.

    This list is just stupid.
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    Feb 27, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
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    socalx10 saidWow, I stumbled upon this article/ranking, pretty funny and informative I guess. I can't believe NYC Chelsea is not #1. San Francisco is #11 really? Do you live in one of these metro areas? If so, say something about it, agree or disagree. Pasadena is #2? Lol, really? It's not even West Hollywood or Silverlake. Lol

    Read it here:

    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2014/01/06/2014s-gayest-cities-america

    15. Pittsburgh PA
    14. Long Beach Cali
    13. Orlando FL
    12. Rochester NY
    11. San Francisco Cali
    10. Arlington VA
    9. Oakland Cali (over SF really??)
    8. Salt Lake City UT
    7. Madison WI
    6. St. Louis MO
    5. Atlanta GA
    4. Cambridge MASS
    3. Seattle WA
    2. Pasadena Cali (haha, no comment)
    1. Washington D.C.


    I'm queerious how Pittsburgh would be on there and not Columbus. We plenty enough dykes alone to make the list. And Pasadena .... WTF??? And I agree ... Oakland ... another WTF. And St Louis. Sumthin the matter with this list.
    Well, there a lot of holes in Pittsburgh, potholes that is. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 27, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    The Advocate put this out? icon_eek.gif

    The "agenda" here appears to be to get gays out of their friendly ghettos hubs into less appealing places to live, calling them the gayest places to gentrify hetero strong holds, no thanks.......nice try though

    This fake list doesn't match the current demographics icon_evil.gif

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    I am surprised Jackson Mississippi didn't make the top ten icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Feb 27, 2014 9:00 PM GMT
    metta8 saidI don't know why Pasadena is listed as one of the gayest cities but I have always <3 that city. icon_smile.gif


    How they scored it:

    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2012/01/01/gayest-cities-america-2014-rankings


    I like Pasadena too but it feels more like a suburban, white, anglo, hockey-mom driving town. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 27, 2014 11:45 PM GMT
    I have been to San Francisco. Within the same hour I saw a man wearing an ass-less bunny suit and a drag queen told me I was beautiful....it doesn't get much gayer than that lol
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    Feb 28, 2014 12:58 AM GMT
    GraphicGuy saidThese lists are always a load of crap.

    +1 And like ArtDeco said, this one is particularly stupid.

    Oakland? maybe a lesbian haven, but not so very gay.

    San Francisco not on the list at all? Used to be called gay Mecca - should be at least in the top 3. And LA ought to be near the top as well.

    Surprised they didn't put Tulsa at the top.
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    Feb 28, 2014 1:16 AM GMT
    GraphicGuy saidThese lists are always a load of crap.




    Agree
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    Feb 28, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    Long Beach has the largest lesbian population I believe. I don't see L.A in there though. I don't understand this list.
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    Feb 28, 2014 1:51 AM GMT
    I dont exactly get the importance of some of the criteria.. women's colleges? Jonas Brothers? perhaps thats a big thing thats a gay indicator somewhere else in a country? icon_confused.gif

    Otherwise aside from those.. it appears the ranking criteria focuses more of where gays and lesbians actually live and get elected to offices, and not necessarily where they go to to socialize and vacation. For instance, San Fran is pretty pricy to live for a lot of younger and middle income folks, which is likely why places like Oakland scored higher.. wouldn't surprise me if more gays live outside of San Francisco if they want to have a decently sized home or raise a family.

    Seems much of the criticism I'm reading here comes from from those who can't fathom why a city's gay bar scene isn't the sole determiner of it's "gayness". Keep in mind there's more to being gay than partying and drinking...or perhaps those that live in the "gay meccas" are too busy partying, hooking up and barhopping to bother to elect their brothers and sisters to political office.
  • BlueEyedJock

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    Feb 28, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    Yeah this isn't right. NYC should be on here. I live right by it, and I'm pretty sure that if a straight guy sets foot onto Christopher St in Manhattan, he instantly becomes gay.
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    Feb 28, 2014 2:41 AM GMT
    http://www.city-data.com/top2/c17.html
    Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely gay men couples (counted as self-reported male-male unmarried-partner households) (population 5,000+)

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    http://www.city-data.com/top2/c15.html
    Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely lesbian couples (counted as self-reported female-female unmarried-partner households) (population 5,000+)

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    http://www.city-data.com/top2/c11.html
    Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) (population 5,000+)

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    http://www.city-data.com/top2/c12.html
    Where we don't live...

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    Feb 28, 2014 3:12 AM GMT
    BlueEyedJock saidYeah this isn't right. NYC should be on here. I live right by it, and I'm pretty sure that if a straight guy sets foot onto Christopher St in Manhattan, he instantly becomes gay.


    Lol I know right !! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 28, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    polfsky saidThat list doesn't sound right. icon_confused.gif

    Salt Lake City got on the list???

    How about West Hollywood and Palm Springs? Or Chicago?

    This list varies quite a bit from year to year. And did you see some of the criteria this year? Number of Lesbian-coupled households (if this were something legitimate they would be doing both gay male coupled and lesbian coupled households), Concerts played by Mariah Carey, P!nk, Lady Gaga, and the Jonas Brothers (1 point for each concert), number of gay rodeos. Really, how can you take this crap seriously?


    I think it was last year, Spokane made it fairly high (Tacoma topped the list). Criteria included presence of roller derby teams and websites/Facebook pages for gay bars (we had two at that point but there are still pages for four or five here). They didn't visit the cities either, which I found odd...
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    Feb 28, 2014 8:17 AM GMT
    In The West, lots of folks are being priced out of the inner city.

    SFO is the most expensive city in The U.S., bar none, for housing...hence, folks are headed over to Oakland.

    Living in the burbs can provide a higher standard of living, for much less money, even if proximity is no longer what it was.

    With GPS apps...you can find out the guy next door to you is gay as hell.

    I'm not sure I agree with the list, either, but, places like SFO, and Silicon Valley, have become so flooded with tech money that low wage earners simply can't live there without roommates, etc.
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    Feb 28, 2014 10:31 AM GMT
    socalx10 saidWow, I stumbled upon this article/ranking, pretty funny and informative I guess. I can't believe NYC Chelsea is not #1. San Francisco is #11 really? Do you live in one of these metro areas? If so, say something about it, agree or disagree. Pasadena is #2? Lol, really? It's not even West Hollywood or Silverlake. Lol

    Read it here:

    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2014/01/06/2014s-gayest-cities-america

    15. Pittsburgh PA
    14. Long Beach Cali
    13. Orlando FL
    12. Rochester NY
    11. San Francisco Cali
    10. Arlington VA
    9. Oakland Cali (over SF really??)
    8. Salt Lake City UT
    7. Madison WI
    6. St. Louis MO
    5. Atlanta GA
    4. Cambridge MASS
    3. Seattle WA
    2. Pasadena Cali (haha, no comment)
    1. Washington D.C.


    PASADENA?!?!
    WHAT?!?! I work there everyday lol
    Uh.... ......I don't know about that one.