Minneapolis named gayest city in America by national magazine

2:51 PM, Jan 14, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Move over, San Francisco. Minneapolis is number one, at least in the eyes of a writer for The Advocate magazine, who has proclaimed that the Mini-Apple is now the gayest city in America.

Using what he calls a completely unscientific - but still strangely accurate - statistical equation, Advocate writer Mike Albo has delivered a list of where gay people are creating a sense of community.

Albo used a handful of criteria as a measuring stick, comparing major cities by the number of registered gay.com profiles, openly gay elected officials, number of gay and lesbian bars, and lastly, the number and frequency of Tegan and Sarah performances (that one feels tongue-in-cheek).

In describing why he handed the scepter to Minneapolis, Albo writes:

Over the past decade, Minneapolis has become the gay magnet city of the Midwest. It makes sense: People here are no-nonsense, practical, and don't deal well with hypocrites. This is where the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America took a historic leap forward and voted to accept gay and lesbian pastors, including the Reverend Mary Albing, the denomination's first openly lesbian pastor. And Minnesota senator Al Franken introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act to protect LGBT youth from school bullies. But that's not all. Minneapolis also has the very hot Mayhem rugby team (MayhemRFC.com) and a thriving bear community with events like Bob's Bear Bash, every Wednesday night at the Saloon.

Albo's top 15 gayest cities in America lines up like this:

  1. Minneapolis, MN
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Orlando, FL
  5. Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Vancouver, WA
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. St Louis, MO
  11. San Francisco, CA
  12. Cleveland, OH
  13. Denver, CO
  14. Oakland, CA
  15. Miami, FL


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