Fourth gayest city
The gay and lesbian news magazine The Advocate ranked Cambridge the fourth gayest city in America in 2014.
The Advocate cited Cambridge’s antidiscrimination protections for transgender people (enacted in 1997,) the city’s and nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor E. Denise Simmons, and its gay club scene as the reasons for the nod.
Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to permit gays and lesbians to wed when Cambridge City Hall welcomed more than 250 same-sex couples who hugged, cried, cheered, and applied for the marriage licenses many thought they would never see in their lifetimes.
Don Picard, left, and Robert DeBenedictis rejoice in the seconds after they were married on the lawn of Cambridge City Hall with their two children, Carmen, 5, and James, 23 months old. They were married by Clerk Donna Lopez.