Twin Cities: Less gay than last year, but still pretty gay

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The Advocate ranks Salt Lake City as 2012's gayest.
Last year, The Advocate got us all hot and bothered by heralding Minneapolis the Gayest City in America.

We've apparently straightened up our act a little bit in the last year, as The Advocate's 2012 rankings has the Twin Cities slipping all the way to 7th.

Here is the equation used by The Advocate to determine the ranks:
Unfortunately, it appears the Twin Cities is sorely lacking in concerts by Gossip, the Clicks, and the Veronicas -- though it should be noted the The Advocate's equation only accounts for WNBA teams, not championship-winning WNBA teams. That addendum could've been enough to push us past fifth-place Seattle.

The number one city? Grab your nearest Mormon, because shockingly, this year it's Salt Lake City of all places. Here's what The Advocate says in support of SLC's surprising ascendancy to the top of the charts:
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. There are more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women, including the eco-friendly nightclub Jam (, though the sustainable bamboo flooring is perhaps less of a draw than the packed dance floor. The Coffee Garden (878 South 900 East) is a gathering spot for those looking for a caffeine fix, 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.
Of course, recent census numbers indicate Minnesota is gayer than ever, but The Advocate's ranks puts more stock in the availability of nude yoga classes than it does number of gay couples in the area.

In any event, falling in the ranks does have its perks. Remember the hilarious Daily Show bit that spoofed The Advocate's ranks by contrasting the "old gay" of San Fran with the "new gay" of Minneapolis? Imagine the possibilities of a skit like that set in Salt Lake City. There's enough material there to make even Mitt Romney's hair stand on end.

Here are the complete ranks:
15. Denver
14. Long Beach
13. Austin
12. Portland
11. Little Rock
10. Grand Rapids, Michigan
9. Atlanta
8. Knoxville
7. St. Paul and Minneapolis
6. Ann Arbor (who knew Michigan was so gay?)
5. Seattle
4. Fort Lauderdale
3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Orlando
1. Salt Lake City

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Events that have taken place over the past ten years have been a complete game changer in the GLBT world.  One is that...most of the traditionally gay, progressive metro areas are no longer affordable for those who now can't afford college, and are in smaller towns and can't even afford to move.  Another (more concerning) trend appears to be fewer gay people are even coming out in real life; rather, they are 'gay' while online in chat rooms, while having no intentions of ever coming out in real life.  Meanwhile, they get their needs met by websites that offer nonstop, fresh images of porn; this should be concerning to all of us in the gay community because the isolation, the hiding, the addictions...before, we had ways to advocate for GLBT people with no voice.  Now we don't even know who they are - they aren't showing up in person to any offices, dances, bars; anywhere.  

The biggest misinformation has to do with using the gay couples formula for any census.  While there are a lot of GLBT couples who do disclose their relationship status on government forms, by the time you 1) realize how few GLBT individuals are even finding these kinds of relationships at all, and 2) discover that, of the small amount who are finding/keeping these kinds of relationships, how many are reporting them to the Census, it's an extremely tiny, misleading percentage of who gay people are, where we live, and in essence, how that defines what being gay is: a lot of us are NOT finding relationships or even making friends/acquaintances as easily as we did when gay-specific gathering spaces were more active 10-15 years ago.  Because there is such a divide among gays who have money and gays who don't, we are much more scattered than before...many young GLBT people who would have easily found a job and apartment in Minneapolis one or two decades ago are now having to find a entry-level job in Duluth, where downtown housing is a third of the cost of Minneapolis, and survive that way.  I do hope that we can figure out how to connect socially the way we used to - our power is still in our ability to organize and unite.  But if we are without the social skills to know how to get to know each other, and have those gay-specific spaces to do so, we will remain isolated, unmotivated to come out, and very lost.  

It's great to be gay, but being gay alone in a place where you can't meet anybody sucks.  I never thought this would be how so many of us are living in 2012.


This is good news! Next year maybe we can make it past 10, and then eventually off the list altogether.


The rankings on that list are ridiculous. I've lived in Denver, Seattle, the Twin Cities, and Atlanta. Atlanta's gayer than all three of those other cities combined, honey.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes




Wow, I bet your dad is really proud of you.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

No, I am. If you're going to attempt to insult someone, get it right, ya loser.

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