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Cambridge named 4th Gayest City in the U.S.

Posted by David Zimmerman  January 7, 2014 08:47 AM

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Advocate Magazine has come out with their annual “Gayest Cities in America” list and, to the surprise of many, San Francisco, New York City, and Provincetown are not in the top 10 (San Francisco comes in at no. 11).

The editors of Advocate have come up with a new and rather unique scoring formula to rank cities for their list. Some of the criteria used include points for a city’s LGBT elected officials (and fractional points for the state’s elected officials), points for the percentage of the population comprised by lesbian-coupled households, a point for a gay rodeo association, points for bars listed inOut magazine’s 200 Best Bars list, a point per women’s college, and points for concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga, or the Jonas Brothers.

So how did New England do? We are represented by one city in the Top 15, Cambridge, MA. Cambridge checked in as the 4th gayest city in the U.S. following Seattle, WA (no. 3), Pasadena, CA (no. 2) and the number 1 ranked city, according to Advocate, Washington DC.

Here is what the magazine had to say about Cambridge:

Though the city is the little sibling to much bigger Boston, Cambridge’s own queer cred is substantial: The city council enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997, and one of the council’s current members, E. Denise Simmons, was the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor. Disco dance hall ZuZu has tons of club nights, including Zuesday’s queer dance party, and the Paradise bar has hot male dancers six nights a week. And on the seventh day they rested.

Here is the list of the Top 15:


1. Washington, D.C.
2. Pasadena, CA
3. Seattle, WA
4. Cambridge, MA
5. Atlanta, GA
6. St Louis, MO
7. Madison, WI
8. Salt Lake City, UT
9. Oakland, CA
10. Arlington, VA
11. San Francisco, CA
12. Rochester, NY
13. Orlando, FL
14. Long Beach, CA
15. Pittsburgh, PA

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