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Advocate names Springfield, MA, 2nd gayest city in America

Posted by Jim Lopata  January 9, 2013 11:36 AM

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In its fourth annual ranking of LGBT municipalities, Advocate, a national LGBT news magazine, ranked two New England cities in its top 15. Providence, Rhode Island came in 12th, and Springfield, Massachusetts — yes Springfield! — holds the number 2 position.

The survey employs unorthodox criteria, such as how many roller derby leagues a city has.

With places like New York City and Provincetown not even cracking the top 25, the list defies expectations.

Here's how the Advocate explained its Springfield ranking:

Though it’s not exactly a household name as an LGBT hot spot, Springfield ought to be. The city is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. in percentage of same-sex couples, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and it’s a desirable place to relocate from the metropolises because of its location near skiing, shores, Boston, and Provincetown. LGBTs appreciative of art and architecture inhabit gay-popular hoods Downtown, McKnight, Forest Park, and the Ridgewood/Maple Hill area of Six Corners.

The complete story can be found here on www.advocate.com.

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