Salt Lake City named the Gayest City in America

Salt Lake City was named the Gayest City in America by The Advocate, the nation’s oldest queer publication. Orlando, Fla. and Cambridge, Mass. rounded out the top three in the selection that is designed to point out queer-friendly locations without focusing on the obvious hot spots, such as San Francisco and New York City.

“While those unfamiliar with the Beehive State are likely to conjure images of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, far-less-oppressive-than-it-used-to-be Salt Lake City has earned its queer cred,” the article states. “There are more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women, including the eco-friendly nightclub Jam, though the sustainable bamboo flooring is perhaps less of a draw than the packed dance floor. The Coffee Garden is a gathering spot for those looking for a caffeine fix, the Sundance Film Festival brings LGBT film buffs to screenings downtown, and lesbian-owned Meditrina is a true wine bar — yes, you can get a drink in this town.”

The rating system considered factors such as openly gay elected officials, gay bookstores, WNBA teams, nude yoga classes, protections for transgender people and other important considerations gay people look for in a city.

“Using totally accurate (if decidedly subjective) criteria, The Advocate has created a diverse and somewhat surprising list of the metropolitan areas that are home to a bevy of LGBTs. The Advocate’s research team examined numerous factors—including out elected officials, WNBA teams and nude yoga classes—in determining the gay-friendliness of each city. Those factors were then each assigned a point, the points were tallied, and the raw scores were divided by the population to calculate each city’s per capita homosexuality,” said Mark Umbach, a press representative for the magazine.

The 15 Gayest Cities in America:

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. Cambridge, Mass.
  4. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  5. Seattle
  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  7. St. Paul and Minneapolis
  8. Knoxville, Tenn.
  9. Atlanta
  10. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  11. Little Rock, Ark.
  12. Portland, Ore.
  13. Austin
  14. Long Beach, Calif.
  15. Denver
  16. Washington, D.C.
  17. New Orleans
  18. San Francisco
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Salem, Ore.
  21. Madison, Wis.
  22. Eugene, Ore.
  23. Oakland, Calif.
  24. Boston
  25. Kansas City, Mo.

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