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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.”

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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!

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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.

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  1. January 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This kind of makes me wonder if this “amateur sociologist” has ever been to the Castro/Soma/Mission/Diamond Heights/Bernal Heights/Outer Mission/etc. In fact, I am wondering if he just forgot to include San Francisco altogether. San Diego may have Hillcrest, but San Francisco has basically a whole city. Or maybe San Francisco was just a given? All I know is, I’ve never seen a gayer list of local movie favorites on Netflix than SF’s.

  2. Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)
    January 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Atlanta is pretty shocking. Although, I do believe that SF is not as gay as we would have ourselves believe.

  3. GayGayGayGay
    January 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    my impression from the article was that his survey purposely excluded the traditional gay meccas, but i could be wrong about that.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
      January 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      I thought about that so I went back and double checked and he says, “Iowa City, Austin, and Asheville have more gays per capita than the biggies”.

  4. Jeremy
    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Remember, Iowa did legalize gay marriage. SF probably got penalized for Prop 8.

  5. January 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    No fucking way! Minneapolis is totally gayer than Iowa City and Madison combined! I should know; I live there.

  6. August 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    It makes sense that Indiana would be on the list because we are a major college state. Not only do we have major schools, we have popular sports teams and events such as The Big Ten (now 12). Some of our huge sports events have to do with basketball, which for us means more college students. When you think about what takes place here Indiana starts to make sense.

    There’s more than corn and cows in Indiana. As a matter of fact, corn and cattle are nearly a thing of the past thanks to Mitch Daniels and his insistence on selling off farm land to failing car companies. That’s a rant for a different day though. 🙂

    Faith – a Texan in Indiana

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