While last year, The Advocate declared Salt Lake City the gayest city in America, sending shock-waves around the state, the magazine has now chosen Tacoma, Wash., dropping the city of salt to number six in this year’s rankings.
While last year’s criteria helped launch us to number one, in part because we do have an International Mr. Leather competition semi-finalist and a nude yoga instructor, this year’s criteria wasn’t so SLC-friendly.
Salt Lake won two points for LGBT elected officials, one point for a Scissor Sisters concert, three points for having Whole Foods, West Elm and Pottery Barn, and four points for roller derby teams.
Our city lost points for having no companies in the HRC Corporate Equality Index, transgender protections, gay rugby, bisexual resource groups or marriage equality.
Yes, the criteria selected each year is a bit cheeky, but it does make for good discussion in the winning cities.
“Although we shake up the criteria each year—a mix of more predictable, well-reasoned, and off-the-wall—we never know which cities will make the list until we start tallying the points,” says Matthew Breen, editor in chief of The Advocate. “So it’s a nice surprise to us as well when an unexpected place delivers more gay cred than we expected. But the dialogue this list sparks is the ultimate goal.”
15. St. Louis
14. Salem, Ore.
13. Colorado Springs, Colo.
12. Providence, R.I.
10. Twin Cities, Minn.
8. Madison, Wisc.
7. Eugene, Ore.
6. Salt Lake City
4. Washington, D.C.
3. Spokane, Wash.
2. Springfield, Mass.
1. Tacoma, Wash.