At least they explain their criteria this time. I am shocked to see SLC and Colorado Springs, of all places, on the list.
Advocate's New List: America's Gayest Cities, 2013
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/15/2013|
The same criteria as last year, and mostly the same results, so I'm not sure why the surprise.
Six (of only 9) criteria are, again, fairly ridiculous, leaving Transgenders and Bisexuals and Fabulists to steer the car:
Concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma, and cast of Glee 1 point for each stop since 2009
Fabulous shopping 1 point each if a city has Whole Foods, West Elm, or Pottery Barn stores
Transgender protections 1 point for every jurisdiction with laws prohibiting discrimination, according to National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Gay rugby 1 point for each team
Bisexual resource groups 1 point per organization, according to BiNetUSA
Roller Derby 1 point for each league
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/09/2013|
LGBT elected officials According to Victory Fund; 1 point for each federal, state, and local official in office or elected in 2012 +
HRC Corporate Equality Index 100s 1 point for each company located in a city +
Concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma, and cast of Glee 1 point for each stop since 2009 +
Fabulous shopping 1 point each if a city has Whole Foods, West Elm, or Pottery Barn stores +
Transgender protections 1 point for every jurisdiction with laws prohibiting discrimination, according to National Gay and Lesbian Task Force + Gay rugby 1 point for each team +
Bisexual resource groups 1 point per organization, according to BiNetUSA +
Roller Derby 1 point for each league +
Marriage equality 5 points
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/09/2013|
15. St. Louis
14. Salem, Ore.
13. Colorado Springs, Colo.
12. Providence, R.I.
11. Oakland, Calif.
10. Twin Cities, Minn.
8. Madison, Wis.
7. Eugene, Ore.
6. Salt Lake City
4. Washington, D.C.
3. Spokane, Wash.
2. Springfield, Mass.
1. Tacoma, Wash.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/09/2013|
This is so silly. The Advocate is desperate to stay "relevant".
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/09/2013|
Believe me, there is nothing fabulous about Tacoma or Spokane. Two fairly depressing locales. Not sure how Seattle ended up being at the bottom of the 3 Washington state cities. This just goes to show these lists are meaningless. Why didn't they take away points for things like having Focus on the Family having a headquarters?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/09/2013|
[quote] Concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma, and cast of Glee 1 point for each stop since 2009
[quote]Fabulous shopping 1 point each if a city has Whole Foods, West Elm, or Pottery Barn stores
This is why I hate us.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/09/2013|
This may be the stupidest list I've ever seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/09/2013|
Colorado Springs is on there because it is the HQ of US Figure Skating.
(Figure skaters have a bit of a rep for this)
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/09/2013|
These lists are only interesting if they come up with 'surprising' results, so they are forced to come up with ridiculous criteria to get them there. And these are pretty ridiculous criteria.
Not all of the cities are bad. Madison, Eugene, and Springfield are actually all pretty wonderful in their own way, and all three are gay-friendly. But the suggestion that St. Louis a gayer city than Chicago (or a more gay-friendly city); that Oakland is gayer than San Francisco; or that Providence is gayer than New York are ludicrous, defying both common sense and any reasonable list of criteria that would actually impact a gay person's life.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/09/2013|
LAST YEAR'S LIST
14. Long Beach
11. Little Rock
10. Grand Rapids
9 . Atlanta
7. Minn./St. Paul
6. Ann Arbor
4. Ft. Lauderdale
1. Salt Lake
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/09/2013|
Is this a real list or just political posturing?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/09/2013|
The Advocate left out nude yoga classes this year.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/09/2013|
These kinds of lists are just playing to a demographic. For every city listed they know a good number of people from that area will post the link on their Facebook, Twitter etc and drive up the revenue rates.
There's not a shred of actual journalism here. It's just demographic cat- calling.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/09/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/09/2013|
I had no idea the Advocate had gotten so idiotic. That's the dumbest list of 'criteria' I've ever seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/09/2013|
I know these lists aren't meant to be taken so seriously, but I think the first problem is in bunching up LGBT into one ball.
Obviously, the top cities for gay men aren't necessarily going to be the same as the top cities for lesbians/bi/trans/etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/09/2013|
It's interesting that Chicago, L.A. and NYC didn't even get a mention. They lose all credibility with those omissions.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/09/2013|
Did they not include Palm Springs because it's too small? Because there's no way that it is less gay than Grand Rapids or Colorado Springs!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/09/2013|
You can't swing a dead cat anywhere within the Dallas city limits without hitting a gay. Every gay boy and girl from small town Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas moves there.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/09/2013|
R19 I've always heard that Houston was gayer than Dallas.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/09/2013|
Springfield, Massachusetts? What the hell?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/09/2013|
Really? Who cares and further...who the hell travels to the US anymore.m I'll tell ya...no one.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/09/2013|
Colorado Springs? No way. My family lives there and I travel there quite often. Maybe it's the areas I'm in while I visit, but I just don't see that many gay people, especially couples. In fact when I see a couple out in a restaurant, it's always kind of a shock because it's that rare.
Salt Lake City on the other hand is more progressive than you'd think, and it's where the gays, progressives, non-Mormons, etc. flock to in the state.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/09/2013|
Does anyone need to live in a "gay" city? Quality of life is neither straight nor gay. Live where you feel comfortable.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/09/2013|
#24 Fort Lauderdale
There is no comparison!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/09/2013|
Salt Lake City? Mormon Country? I hardly think so.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/09/2013|
Here's my list (criteria: common sense)
1. New York City 2. Seattle 3. Boston/Cambridge 4. Washington, DC 5. San Francisco 6. Los Angeles 7. Baltimore 8. Chicago 9. Portland, OR 10. Philadelphia
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/09/2013|
R27 Baltimore? Just because John Waters is there?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/09/2013|
Well, we're all talking about the list and that seems to have been its raison d'etre. "Advocate" is stirring shit and getting press.
If they had framed it as "America's Gayest Small Cities", they would've kept their credibility.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/09/2013|
Houston has a gay mayor. But Austin is the gayest city in Texas.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/15/2013|
Here's my list: 1. San Francisco 2. New York City 3. Chicago 4. Los Angeles 5. Atlanta 6. Washington, DC 7. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 8. Seattle 9. Houston 10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/15/2013|
I live in Providence, and I have yet to see any signs of a gay scene. I'm vaguely aware that there's a gay bar somewhere around, and there's a pride festival every June that seems to draw everyone between Woonsocket and Little Compton and even as far away as North Dighton, Mass., but compared with other places I've lived (some of them a lot smaller and and not particularly gay) this is hetville.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/15/2013|
jessica lange was definitely hot and sexy in "king kong."(1976),"All that Jazz."(1979),"How to beat the high cost of living."(1980), and her very hottest movie was "The Postman Always Rings Twice."(1981),the rumor was that jessica lange had SEX with jack nicholson on-screen/off-screen. It did look to me tha JESSICA LANGE AND JACK NICHOLSON were really having SEX.i think they did.Jessica lange had a great face,Boobs(36C),Hips/Ass(36)waist(24),overall a perfect 10 body figure.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||01/15/2013|
[quote] Fabulous shopping 1 point each if a city has Whole Foods, West Elm, or Pottery Barn stores
Truly cool, gay friendly cities have LOCAL stores that offer great food and/or wonderful, unique furniture.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/15/2013|