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America’s Gay Capital? ATLANTA

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:32 am - January 22, 2010.
Filed under: Gay America,Living In Red State America

Well, anyone with one iota of “gaydar” could have figured that out on their own.  Just look around Hartsfield Airport if you are passing through.

Advocate: America’s Gayest Cities

According to The Advocate magazine, Atlanta rates as the nation’s gayest city, followed by Burlington, Vt., Iowa City, Bloomington and Madison, Wis. Don’t bother looking for San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles — those supposed gay meccas don’t even place in the rankings compiled by the nation’s oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender publication.

Though their research was admittedly unscientific, it’s not without merit. Correspondent Mike Albo awarded points based on same-sex 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.

Atlanta:  Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.  Great food, too!  But Charlotte is still a better place to live!  🙂

Oh and by the way — there are a LOT of cities in RED STATES on the list.  Including the #1 city being in one of the most Republican states in the USA.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)



  1. You know with so many gay cities right smack dab in the middle of the bigoted, hater red sates, I wonder why we do not hear of gay hate crimes every single day. I am sure that if it happened the media would trumpet it from on high. I can see the headline now- “Gay NC couple gets dirty look from gay-hating conservative.” Maybe most of the red state conservatives feel a lot like me, we really don’t care who you hold hands with.

    Comment by TRay — January 22, 2010 @ 11:55 am - January 22, 2010

  2. “hook up sites” and “cruising spots” were part of the criteria? And they wonder why America rejects gay marriage.

    Comment by V the K — January 22, 2010 @ 11:55 am - January 22, 2010

  3. Atlanta is a gay ghetto surrounded about a slum. No thanks.

    Comment by LCRW — January 22, 2010 @ 11:58 am - January 22, 2010

  4. What if we only have one gay bar and no gay movies on our Netflix list? Do we not exist?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 22, 2010 @ 12:07 pm - January 22, 2010

  5. Mmm Atlanta, I could live there. You have a some good football tradition down there. You have that southern food, that you really can’t eat if you want to have a boyfriend. I like the south, I could definitely make it a home one day.

    Comment by Darkeyedresolve — January 22, 2010 @ 12:16 pm - January 22, 2010

  6. I was just going to say the same thing, V the K. You beat me to it.

    Comment by Conservative Guy — January 22, 2010 @ 12:20 pm - January 22, 2010

  7. More like “Cities with the Most Self-denying Bi-Guys on the Down-Low” using those criteria. Porn movie rentals, dirty knees and truck-stop glory-holes? Yeesh! Even crediting elected gay officials doesn’t really corrolate when many cities’ gay population live in the suburbs like Minneapolis, or where there’s a huge non-gay urban population outweighing the small gay-center like Philadelphia.

    Or even places like New Jersey where we’ve had basic gay-rights for decades, and now have full DP-rights, but everyone’s spread-out in the hundreds of suburban bedroom communities supporting NYC in the north and Philadelphia in the south where the jobs, schools and bars are… Especially the large percentage of the gay couples who work and/or socialize in NYC and Philly, but live in NJ.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 22, 2010 @ 1:49 pm - January 22, 2010

  8. Yah, I guess the criteria is kinda lame. File this story under “Frivilous”

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — January 22, 2010 @ 2:27 pm - January 22, 2010

  9. Lame perhaps, but it’s worth discussing since it reflects (for-good or for-bad) on the self-image of the G/L community or how we’re imagined.

    The one factor I’ve always wondered-about is the percentage of gays who are from a given-city vs. the sexual-immigrants who don’t have the emotional or familial baggage. Hardly anyone in “gay” Atlanta started-out in Atlanta, so is it easier to be out and socially-active without old HS frenemies, relatives, siblings and parents around? To be able to start fresh without the baggage? Not so much in the sense of the “closet”, just in not feeling familial and familiar eyes on your every move…comments that “I saw you/your car/your ex- at…”. Plus you don’t see the family/old friends as-often so the less-need to have to discuss your past-week or weekend’s activities.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 22, 2010 @ 3:14 pm - January 22, 2010

  10. That settles it. I’m going to Atlanta to stay with my Aunt Pitty.

    Comment by Draybee — January 22, 2010 @ 11:16 pm - January 22, 2010

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