Congratulations, Atlanta! You're The Gayest City in America!
Are you sitting down? We have some news that will cause tremors.
The folks over at the Advocate went on a quest to find the How You Doin' capital of America. (Sorry New Jersey, it wasn't you.) Using identifiers like the number of same-sex couples, gay elected officials, gay bars and cruising spots per capita -- plus, the city's stance on same-sex marriage -- Atlanta came out on top.
Come to think of it, we're not shocked Atlanta is number one. We know you aren't surprised, either.
The Advocate says of Atlanta: "Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state, but Atlanta is undoubtedly our gayest city—with 29 gay bars here, there’s a reason it’s dubbed Hotlanta. Atlanta’s several queer events include one of the nation’s largest Prides in October (returning to Piedmont Park this year), and MondoHomo, a May event celebrating art, drag, burlesque, film, and BBQ. The gay epicenter is Midtown, anchored by Outwrite Books, a giant gay bookstore bucking the national trend—by staying in business! Atlanta guys are hunky, the ladies are gracious, the gay sports leagues are seriously well organized, and its housewives (and their gay BFFs, complete with handbags and heels) are now camp icons. And who doesn’t love the sweet lilt of a Georgia accent on a knockout guy or gal?"
These cities were the runner-ups.
#2. Burlington, Vt.
#3. Iowa City
#4. Bloomington, Ind.
#5. Madison, Wis.
#6. New Orleans
#7. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
#8. Portland, Maine
#11. Gainesville, Fla.
#12. Asheville, N.C.
#13. Springfield, Mass.
#14. San Diego
#15. Albuquerque, N.M.