My girlfriend does a lot of online shopping and somehow because of this she started receiving all kinds of magazines in the mail. She doesn’t know how this exactly happened, but she also hasn’t received a bill for any of them either. While the variety of magazines is quite interesting, they range from Seventeen to Travel & Leisure, the most random one is The Advocate, a gay political magazine. And by gay I don’t mean “Bro, politics are so gay“, I mean “See those two guys making out over there? I’m pretty sure they’re gay.”
Ever since she started receiving The Advocate, it’s become one of my favorite bathroom reads. I find it interesting because it’s well written, has a great perspective, and also half my friends and family are gay. When we received the newest issue the other day I was curious about an article by “amateur sociologist” Mike Albo titled, “Gayest Cities in America”. Albo names 15 of them and guess what…San Francisco and New York are not among them!
Now before you go, “Whaaaaaaaaat??” you have to take in Albo’s criteria. The cities are ranked by:
-Same-sex couple households per capita
-Statewide marriage equality
-Gay elected officials
-Gay dating and hookup profiles per single male population
-Gay bars per capita
-Cruising spots per capita
-and Gay films in Netflix favorites.
Now given the categories, you can see why Albo calls himself an “amateur sociologist”; they’re not exactly scientifically sound. But that being said, I bet you still really wanna know what they are don’t you? Can you guess what number 1 is? Come on, let’s hear it. You ready? It’s Atlanta! Yeah, totally caught me off guard too. In fact the whole list is quite surprising. Here’s the rest of in descending order:
2. Burlington, Vermont
3. Iowa City, Iowa (really??)
4. Bloomington, Indiana
5. Madison, Wisconsin
6. New Orleans, Louisiana
7. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
8. Portland, Maine
9. Austin, Texas
10. Seattle, Washington
11. Gainsville, Florida
12. Ashville, North Carolina
13. Springfield, Massachusetts
14. San Diego, California
15. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Shocking right? To be quite honest I’ve walked away from this list having learned one important thing. San Francisco and New York: you’re being out gayed by cities in Iowa and Indiana! Apparently you’ve been resting on your laurels for far too long now and it’s time for you to get gayer! That being said, I’d highly doubt Springfield, Massachusetts has anything on the Folsom Street Fair.
To read the the article go here.