ConsumerAffairs.com analyzed U.S. Census data and Gallup polling information to model the movement of the LGBT community from 1990 to 2014. The overall trend is striking. In 1990, the LGBT population was concentrated in coastal metropolitan areas and other safe havens—cities like San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Atlanta. By 2014, LGBT hot spots cropped up in some seemingly unlikely places: Salt Lake City, Louisville, Norfolk, Indianapolis, and other red state cities.
Several of the cities that rose in the rankings were in traditionally red states. Meanwhile, many LGBT safe havens like Minneapolis, San Diego, and New York fell in the rankings. San Francisco remains the undisputed LGBT capital of the country but even there, the LGBT population fell by a few tenths of a percent over the last decade and a half.
They seem to think it’s because now that there is an aggressively pro-gay administration that will severely punish anyone who hurts a gay person’s feelers. (or, in the Beast’s words, ” federal actions over the last 15 years that may have made LGBT people feel safer.” Or, it just could be because gay people get just as fed up with the high taxes and social dysfunction of gay meccas like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City and want to move someplace where the cost of living is more reasonable, and where your human right of self-defense is respected.
You know, the same reason straight people move out of blue states and indigo cities.
On a personal note, we moved from the People’s Democratic Republic of Maryland to Ohio last year, and to this day, lefty East Coast friends ask, “Are you okay? Are you safe?” Ridiculous. We’ve been living in a neighborhood populated with military, college students, and young married straight couples. Our next door neighbor for the first six months was a retired cop and his wife. Nobody cares.