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HemiEd
01-11-2012, 02:13 PM
Gayest US town? Surprise: It's Salt Lake City

By M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com

Forget San Francisco (18th) or New York (not even on the list) the gayest city in the U.S. is Salt Lake City, Utah, according to The Advocate, the gay and lesbian newsmagazine.

Rather than rely on the U.S. Census tabulation of gay and lesbian populations, which inevitably yield San Francisco as No. 1, The Advocate used different measures to establish "per capita queerness" including a city's number of teams entered in the Gay Softball World Series, gay bookstores, openly gay elected officials and semifinalists in the International Mr. Leather Contest, which is held every year in Chicago.

"While those unfamiliar with the Beehive State are likely to conjure images of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, far-less-oppressive-than-it-used-to-be Salt Lake City has earned its queer cred," the magazine says.
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Among Salt Lake City's charms: the Sundance Film Festival, which brings LGBT film buffs flocking to the city.

Read the full story at The Advocate

"If we were having a more scientific survey, I don't know that we would choose these as indicators," Valerie Larabee, director of the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City, told the Salt Lake Tribune.

But "all humor aside, I think that our city has come a long way," Larabee said, noting that Salt Lake City was the first municipality in the state to pass anti-discrimination ordinances based on a sexual orientation.

"If we were to rate the cities that have made the greatest amount of progress over the last 10 years, I think we certainly would rank among the top," she said.

Orlando, Fla., was second, thanks to annual Gay Days at Disney World and "more gay softball teams than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at."

And Knoxville, Tenn., has managed to produce a "robust gay scene" despite being in what the magazine calls a state with a legislature that "has been an unmitigated disaster for our rights." It ranks eighth, thanks to "gay-affirming churches" and a thriving LGBT club scene.

Here's the complete list from The Advocate:

1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. Orlando, Fla.
3. Cambridge, Mass.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
5. Seattle
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn.
8. Knoxville, Tenn.
9. Atlanta
10. Grand Rapids, Mich.
11. Little Rock, Ark.
12. Portland, Ore.
13. Austin, Texas
14. Long Beach, Calif.
15. Denver
16. Washington
17. New Orleans
18. San Francisco
19. Pittsburgh
20. Salem, Ore.
21. Madison, Wis.
22. Eugene, Ore.
23. Oakland, Calif.
24. Boston
25. Kansas City, Mo.

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http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/10/10097194-gayest-us-town-surprise-its-salt-lake-city

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Mr_Tomahawk
01-11-2012, 02:15 PM
Oh look...Kansas...mediocre.

journeyscarab
01-11-2012, 02:19 PM
/NTTIATWWT

chasedude
01-11-2012, 02:19 PM
San Francisco isn't listed there, that list can't be right.

Bowser
01-11-2012, 02:20 PM
Little Rock?

durtyrute
01-11-2012, 02:21 PM
San Francisco isn't listed there, that list can't be right.

#18, but the fact that 17 other cities are ahead of it surprizes the fuck out of me.

chasedude
01-11-2012, 02:24 PM
#18, but the fact that 17 other cities are ahead of it surprizes the fuck out of me.

Ah, I missed it when I quickly glanced at it. I'm surprised as you that many other cities ranked higher. Especially Salt Lake City with it's HUGE influence of Mormonism.

Detoxing
01-11-2012, 02:25 PM
How San Diego isn't listed there is beyond me. We have an entire town devoted to the gay community FFS.

Does Kansas City have a CVS that flies Rainbow colored Flags?

Didn't think so.

BigMeatballDave
01-11-2012, 02:25 PM
LOL Denver gayer than SF

blaise
01-11-2012, 02:25 PM
I'm guessing someone went into the survey with some weird attempt to name SLC gayest city.

Pawnmower
01-11-2012, 02:26 PM
#18, but the fact that 17 other cities are ahead of it surprizes the **** out of me.

You ever been there?

Its not even as gay as other cities nearby (Guerneville, CA for one)

Detoxing
01-11-2012, 02:26 PM
How the fuck can Little Rock be gayer than SF?

This list has to be wrong.

ChiefsCountry
01-11-2012, 02:27 PM
Get Matt Cassel out of Kansas City and our ranking will drop.

loochy
01-11-2012, 02:30 PM
WTF is a gay bookstore? Selling books has nothing to do with what sex you like to fap to.

Rooster
01-11-2012, 02:32 PM
WTF is a gay bookstore? Selling books has nothing to do with what sex you like to fap to.

They are Happy Bookstores.

Saul Good
01-11-2012, 02:35 PM
I'm guessing someone went into the survey with some weird attempt to name SLC gayest city.

That was my reaction as well.

SNR
01-11-2012, 02:37 PM
WTF is a gay bookstore? Selling books has nothing to do with what sex you like to fap to.There's a lesbian/feminist* bookstore a few blocks down the street from me in Madison, WI.

*Yes, I said lesbian/feminist. The entire store is devoted to selling those two types of literature and nothing else.

Reaper16
01-11-2012, 02:43 PM
I'd love to see KC crack the top 20 soon.

KCUnited
01-11-2012, 02:50 PM
I'd love to see KC crack the top 20 soon.

America's Pub just closed, that inches us in front of Oakland.

Dr. Facebook Fever
01-11-2012, 02:51 PM
Butte

Bowser
01-11-2012, 02:52 PM
I'd love to see KC crack the top 20 soon.

They should do a top 25 hipster city. No way KC is out of the top 10 on that.

CoMoChief
01-11-2012, 03:12 PM
I think it's hilarious when the really flamboyant ones talk. The lisp, handmovements,....shit's hilarious IMO

durtyrute
01-11-2012, 03:17 PM
You ever been there?

Its not even as gay as other cities nearby (Guerneville, CA for one)

Yes I have, and I saw a lot of "the gheys"

|Zach|
01-11-2012, 03:23 PM
Figured it would be Orlando hands down.

blaise
01-11-2012, 03:27 PM
I really don't see how any major city is really more or less gay than another.

Baby Lee
01-11-2012, 03:29 PM
Figured it would be Orlando jazz hands.

FYP

HemiEd
01-11-2012, 03:30 PM
Figured it would be Orlando hands down.

I was surprised not to see San Jose, Ca in there, as I heard it surpassed SF years ago.

durtyrute
01-11-2012, 03:32 PM
Little Rock?

LMAO Bangin' in Little Rock

Gonzo
01-11-2012, 03:34 PM
Denver is gayer than KC? They have to beat KC in everything, huh?

No wonder they love Tebow so much.

durtyrute
01-11-2012, 03:36 PM
Denver is gayer than KC? They have to beat KC in everything, huh?

No wonder they love Tebow so much.

I have a feeling that Mr Tebow is "a ghey"

Mojo Jojo
01-11-2012, 03:54 PM
A few years ago Lawrence, KS was #1 per capita...Rock Chalk Gayhawk.

LiveSteam
01-11-2012, 03:58 PM
Aids must really have played havoc in San Francisco

Baby Lee
01-11-2012, 04:06 PM
I'm guessing someone went into the survey with some weird attempt to name SLC gayest city.

Maybe not that explicit, but they clearly wanted to cobble together some metrics that generates buzz by highlighting 'surprising' wayd in which various communities are becoming gay-friendly.

Under the guise of 'scientific tabulation' this is more properly a primer on 'here's a bunch of ways various cities are catering to gay people,' with the sub-goal of reminding everyone of how important becoming increasingly gay-friendly is.

Happens all the time for a number of issues.

Mr. Arrowhead
01-11-2012, 04:53 PM
its kind of funny of how many college towns are on that list

Dr. Facebook Fever
01-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Signs you live in a gay city

It funded construction of a $4 million civic center with taxes from anal bead sales

The layout of every street is the same... gym, candle shop, nail salon... gym, candle shop, nail salon

There's a closet organizer store at the corner of Seacrest & N'Sync

Every street has a lane for bicycles and another for PT Cruisers

They gave the key to the city to the guy who invented jazz hands

A cop just ticketed you for not being matchy matchy enough

Instead of money, items are bartered using Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons

The high school mascot is the "Flyin' Glory Holes

Instead of brutal drive bys, local gangs settle their disputes with a fierce vogue-off

Their was a riot when the citys cable shut off at the beginning of Dancing With The Stars

All the chubby girls have a best guy friend

Firemen are unable to respond to emergencies because of the throng of dudes crowded outside the station waiting for them to take off their shirts and start washing the trucks

Parking lots have spaces reserved for "sassy vespas"

The town holiday decorations are tasteful white lights with fun little accents of mid-century kitsch

HemiEd
01-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Aids must really have played havoc in San Francisco
Probably a lot of truth to that.

Baby Lee
01-11-2012, 05:41 PM
Good a place as any

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/simon-doonan/10-glamorous-eccentrics-e_b_1194216.html#s588207&title=Diana_Vreeland

Rain Man
01-11-2012, 06:30 PM
I'm guessing someone went into the survey with some weird attempt to name SLC gayest city.

Yeah. They were trying too hard with their fake "research" and gave away their agenda. Shameful.

warpaint*
01-11-2012, 06:44 PM
Yeah. They were trying too hard with their fake "research" and gave away their agenda. Shameful.

Bingo. Just look at the criteria used. Less than scientific.

Simplicity
01-11-2012, 06:45 PM
Was this accounted for before or after Shaun Smith was still in town? vvv
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