Salt Lake, Boise named among ‘queerest cities in America’

Salt Lake City has once again made The Advocate magazine’s list of “queerest cities in America,” coming in 6th place this year. The city has been listed for the past four years, and took top honors in 2012, raising the eyebrows of skeptics across the nation.

Boise, Idaho, took 12th place this year.

The list is actually pretty tongue-in-cheek, in that the qualifications used to judge the cities changes each year and include such things as whether the touring Broadway show “Kinky Boots” made a stop there.

This year’s criteria were: one point for cities with trans-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances, a point for each pro-equality Islamic house of worship, a point for each LGBT-friendly Jewish temple, a point for a Pink Pistols chapter, a point for a development specifically designed for LGBT seniors, and a point for each Broadway show that toured the city among “Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon,” and “Kinky Boots.” The total is then divided by the population of the city.

Oddly, the city garnered points for having a gay gun club (Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah) and “Wicked” showing at the Capitol Theatre, but not for having an inclusive Jewish temple, though Congregation Kol Ami is gay-affirming, has hosted the Utah Pride Interfaith Service and recently had a lesbian rabbi.

Salt Lake City was right behind the following top five cities:

1. Dayton, Ohio
2. Atlanta, Ga.
3. West Palm Beach, Fla.
4. Lansing, Mich.
5. Madison, Wis.

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