The Advocate, a major news source for the gay community, is out with its annual list of "Gayest Cities in America," where Seattle finished fifth among the top 20 cities ranked. Garnering only an honorable mention and finishing a distant 16th was San Francisco, and another usual suspect, West Hollywood, didn't place at all. Looking to make a little mischief, the publication named Salt Lake City as the gayest of the gay.
"That's because every year we change the criteria," Mark Umbach, the magazine's PR director, tells the Daily Weekly. "Last year, we had Minneapolis number one and everyone said, 'What?!'"
OK, we'll play along. So this year, The Advocate looks, as it states in its press release, "at the per capita queerness of some less expected locales," and used in its decidedly subjective criteria such things as the number of elected officials who've come of the closet, the extent of nude yoga classes, the prevalence of LGBT bookstores, the number of International Mr. Leather competition semi-finalists and Imperial Court chapters.
Sounds like pretty scientific to us, and probably a good reason why such gay hot spots as Cambridge, Mass. (No. 3), Grand Rapids, Mich. (No. 10), and.Little Rock, Ark. (No. 11), made the list.
Here's what they said about Seattle:
"When Forbes named Seattle the most miserable sports city in the nation, many of us felt a twinge of empathy. No matter; there's heaps of other stuff to keep us busy, including tons of locavore and cosmopolitan cuisine, funky bars in a robust LGBT scene, Dan Savage, and hookups -- or at least the search for them."
What did Salt Lake do to "earn its queer cred?" Well, seems there's more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women and 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."
Orlando came in second, thanks to Gay Days at Disney World, and for Portland, Ore., well, No. 12 will have to suffice.