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What's the 'gayest' U.S. city? Not necessarily the most gay friendly
Salt Lake City's gay community is not as large as some other cities, but their pride parades are well-attended.
January 9th, 2012
07:06 PM ET

What's the 'gayest' U.S. city? Not necessarily the most gay friendly

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) - Salt Lake City, Utah, is known for breathtaking mountain scenery, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the 2002 Winter Olympics.

But today it was also named the Gayest City in America by The Advocate magazine.

The Advocate ranked cities according to its own admittedly nonscientific criteria, including the number of gay and lesbian bookstores, elected officials who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and some edgier metrics like the number of International Mr. Leather competition semifinalists and the presence of nude yoga classes. This year’s list intended to examine cities that are outside the usual orbit of San Francisco, Boston, Miami and New York, and came up with several surprises - Grand Rapids, Michigan, Knoxville, Tennessee. Even Little Rock, Arkansas, ranked 11 out of 15.

Salt Lake City LGBTQ advocates were pleasantly surprised by the rankings.

“Well, you know, we’re all very proud of our community here, and we’ve done a lot of growing and empowering of each other and our allies in the community,” said Valerie Larabee, the executive director of the Utah Pride Center, but “we probably wouldn’t have a higher ranking if the homework was done … We don’t have naked yoga, or at least none of us know about it.”

(For the record: The Advocate counted one nude yoga class there, and one Mr. Leather semifinalist, too.)

According to 2010 Census data analyzed by UCLA’s Williams Institute, 15.36 out of every 1,000 households in Salt Lake City are headed by a same-sex couple. Salt Lake City ranks 81st out of 1,415 cities nationwide in its number of same-sex couples per capita.

The same analysis found that Little Rock had 7.51 gay or lesbian couples for every 1,000 households, ranking it 392nd.

Salt Lake City was ranked higher than several cities many would presume to be gay-friendlier, like Denver, Austin, and Atlanta. But Larabee said that Salt Lake’s top ranking shouldn’t overshadow the discrimination and lack of acceptance that many LGBTQ Utahns still face.

“I appreciate that there’s some humor in the selections, in the indices that were used, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves,” Larabee said. “We, like many of these communities, still have some issues that need to be addressed. While we have a thriving community here, we’re united because we have to be.”

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Randi Romo heads the Center for Artistic Revolution in Little Rock, which serves as the state’s LGBTQ organization. She was also bemused by the city’s inclusion.

“Little Rock can be friendly, but we still have a lot of the religious right wing rhetoric that feeds into everything,” Romo said.  “Arkansas is one of the only states in the nation that doesn’t have a civil rights commission that can receive and adjudicate civil rights complaints. There are no local or state ordinances to protect [LBGTQ people] against discrimination.”

Here are the top 15 "gayest" cities, as ranked by The Advocate:

15. Denver, Colorado
14. Long Beach, California
13. Austin, Texas
12. Portland, Oregon
11. Little Rock, Arkansas
10. Grand Rapids, Michigan
9. Atlanta, Georgia
8. Knoxville, Tennessee
7. St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
6. Ann Arbor, Michigan
5. Seattle, Washington
4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Orlando, Florida
1. Salt Lake City, Utah

soundoff (1,833 Responses)
  1. LBLois

    This surprised the heck out of me. I thought San Fransisco was the capital of gay.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. SoMuchForEquality

    wow, there are some haters on here. if these people were REAL Christians they would go back and read and live by their little black book that they cling so dearly to. a book is a book, it is written by man, or, if you will, translated BY the corrupted tongue of man. it is outdated and prejudiced and anyone that wants to live by its strictest letter can have fun deciphering all the directly conflicting statements found within! that being said, live and let live, judge not, and do unto others. if you call yourself a Christian you should bloody well ACT LIKE ONE!! don't go spewing hatred and bigotry and acting like you know everything when you clearly know nothing of what you speak. you only demonstrate your true ignorance. didn't your mothers ever teach you "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all"? if not, they weren't a very good mother now were they?

    January 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Conrad Shull

    This sounds like a big pile of "make-s***-up". No, let me be more precise, it IS a big pile of "make-s***-up".

    January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. calisthenic clinic

    go do some push ups, the lame dog walk, and the logroll......exercise is good fer ya!

    January 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. kjp

    All Religion is poison. Your Christian God is a terrorist and all organized religions mirror that of domestic terrorism. Christians are the largest group of hypocrites and intolerant human swine this earth has.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • uhh

      you sound like an open minded & very delightful person!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Of course it is poison. Of course it is no different from Islam or any other religion. Of course it is sheer stupidity to believe such nonsense. But man, you don't do us atheists any credit by spewing your hate without provocation. You won't win any converts.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      It has nothing to do about christ it has to do about a mental illness these people are sick

      January 10, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Feltch

        Back to Nazi Germany, Adolph.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Spawn

      :p Then arent you being intolerant of people who are religious?
      Personally, I am NOT a religious person, but how can you preach that Christians are intolerant, and hypocritical, when your doing the exact same thing?
      If you want to really understand tolerance, you should try being accepting of other people's beliefs.
      And besides, it isnt religion that ever hurt anyone, but the people who follow it, and misinterpret it.
      I dont ever recall coming across any true religion that has instructed anyone to hurt or kill other people. I mean, correct me if Im wrong, but Christianity ESPECIALLY preaches tolerance and compassion.
      Religious extremists are to terrorism and acts of violence as Christians are to KKK. Its fairly uncommon.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Come On

      Without a doubt

      January 10, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
      • freedog

        thank you for your tolerance

        January 10, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Snoot

      Please don't insult the swine. They are most tasty.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • P.Y

      And you are not?

      January 10, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • pastmorm

      AMEN KJP!!!!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jezzy

    USA is a Christian country and I am proud of living in a religious country... God Bless

    January 10, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • CHRlST

      "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." – Treaty of Tripoli, signed by John Adams, founding forefather in 1797

      January 10, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • uhh

        please revisit your history books.....

        January 10, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
      • DarthWoo

        You mean the history books in which that treaty would actually be cited? It seems like religious fundies were already retconning things before comic book writers made it hip.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • JoJo80

        Excuse me ..."uhh". But this treaty of Tripoli ay signed by President John Adams IS intact in our history books. but for those of you out there who need proof heres the wikipedial link explaining the history of the treaty as well as containing a visual copy of the treaty itself.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli

        January 10, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • rep

      Glad to see a snae person, God Bless.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Spawn

      Tell me, what does this statement have to do with the article?
      As far as I can tell, nothing at all.
      Try actually reading the whole article for a change, and posting something thats at least somewhat relevant.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. CHRlST

    These clowns actually believed me when I told them to run!

    January 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. ProudToBeAgnostic

    All of the travesty commited in the name of 'God' because each Religion says they are the only ones who believe in the
    'True God.'

    When are people going to learn that just because you believe something doesn't make it the ONLY thing. It also doesn't mean that you get to have a say in how everyone else lives their life. To all of the Christians on here that are dealing out hatred, NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that people that don't belive in God are to be punished by YOU here on Earth. If your Religion is the true one than I think your scripture has a lot more love and acceptance in it out of Jesus Christ's own gospel. Let God be the judge of all men, not men. Christianity in America is beginning to look a lot like the extremism of Islam with how crazy some of these posts are about new Holocausts, abomination, killing the "zionist Jews", etc.

    Stop letting your fear and your ignorance blind you. If your religious beliefs are so strong maybe you should read the most touted passage in the Bible. John 3:16, "For God so loved to world, he gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

    Let God dole out your said punishments, and let the rest of us live in peace.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • rep

      They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

      Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

      January 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Riri

        This is AMERICA ... t o o l ...

        January 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
      • CHRlST

        Do you eat fish? Wear clothes made of two different threads? Are you female, and if so do you ever tell your husband what to do or teach? If so we won't have you up here, sorry.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • ProudToBeAgnostic

        That scripture was not written via the mouth of your God, but by the Kings of the time who set up their "Divine Rights" kingdom so they could do whatever they wanted in the name of God, and do whatever they wanted.

        Welcome to the future, over 4,000 years later after a whole new Tome of the bible has been added to it full of God's son teaching love, justice, forgiveness, etc.
        Tell you what, if you want to cling to the old testaments fear, ignorance, and anger based teachings that's fine... but you need to move back to the cradle of life with all of the other religious people that still believe the same thing... you know, the Islamo-facism.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hubba Hubba

    SF, CA

    January 10, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Tho this might seem a little selfish, as a man i would be happy if 99% of the male population was g@y...reason...more females for me to chose from.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Clayton

        Unless 99% of the female population was gay...

        January 10, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kyle Christopher Gale

    Most of you are taking the bible at face value and not really understanding its meaning. Reread it and understand it and then come back and have a conversation.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. PPeter

    You say "No America was not founded as a Christian nation?" Yes it was, but it moved on, not sure if to better things but it moved on. Did not hear the founders talk about Mahomed did you?

    January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • DarthWoo

      Actually, many, if not most of them were speaking of "Nature's god," as in a hands-off creator god that created the universe and then went on its merry way. This is one of the aspects of Deism, and was considered at the time to be a practically heathen belief by Christians of that day.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • CHRlST

        We haven't paid you humans any mind in a long, long time. All we hear out of you is requests for touchdowns and better prices on the goods you consume. You thought we sent that silly test book down there for you to believe it? Pfft. When we saw how poorly you all performed on that one by believing it we gave up and started elsewhere. Suckers.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • cIefumble

      "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." – The Treaty of Tripoli 1797 – Signed by John Adams, founding forefather.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike G

    They shouldn't have forum's like these. It brings out the dirtiest and most hateful people.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      I agree, articles like this bring out a lot of hateful people and for your information, a lot of them are liberals.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Maggy

    I am a just a regular white older lady. After looking at some of these hateful comments I have to say that America is a hate-filled country. Not sure if it is the fault of the media or politicians or our lack of proper education in schools. To disagree or not like someone is different than the hate. Hate is dangerous and before we know it someone is going to be hurt by even allowing people to speak this trash. Some of these posts have been made in advance of hate crimes and I hope the FBI tracks all of you down and keeps eyes on every keystroke you make. They most likely do, you know. Have a loving day.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      Somethng to really be proud of! Barf!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Why did you include that you are white? Who cares?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. adamthefirst

    Those cities should be fined and have govt. funding taken away for allowing the de-moraliztion of America.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • rep

      I agree. Disgusting isn't it?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ChrisK

      You are a very hateful person with a comment like that. Shame on you! Seems to me like you lack any morals!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      Agreed!!!! Sodom it is – Pride parade !!! Pride of what? – disgusting

      January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      C U next Tuesday!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. JB

    There are some sick and maladjusted puppies out there and they all decided to post on this article. The Gay Nazis for a Disco Christ postings here are more than just scary.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  16. coolbreeze

    You guys need to read Matthew 7:1-6.. True christians follow this bible scriptures.. And it's not up to us to judge others, that position has been given to Christ. And remember, You, who judge others are a sinner yourself so How can you say your brother is a sinner if yourself is one too. Leave that position to the man upstairs.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bosnm8

      God loves the sinner not the sin

      January 10, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  17. rep

    HAHA, love is sacred between two women..... Only when I'm watching them on pay-per-view! America is a Christian country, if you don't like it you can leave.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      No, America is not a Christian nation. It never was and it never was inteded to be. Learn your history or sit silently in your ignorance.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • US guard

        Texan – you have no clue what you are talking about. America WAS and still is a Christian country. Pilgrimse were all Christians who run from persecution by morons. They were looking for a place to have a freedom of religion and to pray freely. And they found it here. Thats why on every dollar YOU have it says "In God we trust" . Read your history

        January 10, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • DarthWoo

        Wow. Read your history he says. If you actually took your own advice, you'd find that "In God We Trust" did not appear on ANY coinage until the mid to late 19th century, and wasn't mandated for general currency until the Red Scare of the 1950s. Not to mention that the Pilgrims were just one group of immigrants to this country, and certainly not the defining one.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • P.Y

        US guard,did you ever asked ,which god?Christian god,Muslim god,Jewish god?Maybe some other god?

        January 10, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Richie

      What a gay article. Eh?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Atheist Dad

      America is a """""""secular"""""" nation but with Christian public holidays lol

      January 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      America is not a Christian nation. If it were, we would be taking much better care of the sick and the poor. If it were truly a Christian nation, we would be showing love, respect, and tolerance toward our neighbors – ALL our neighbors. That's what Jesus Christ (whose principles are supposed to be the FOUNDATION of Christianity) taught.

      But America is not and was never intended to be a Christian nation. Founded by men of vision, some of were deeply religious and many of who were agnostic or atheist, the United States of America was founded on the premise that religion is a precious, private matter not to be governed by the state, and definitely not influencing state matters. Three cheers for the founding fathers, who knew the evils of a theocracy.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • surfer rosa

      Would the Christian God approve of you lusting after those two "sinning" women on pay-per-view?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Atheist Dad

      If America is not a Christian country.... why is Christmas, Good Friday and Easter holidays then?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
      • DarthWoo

        Presumably out of convenience, since the country does admittedly have a high population of Christians, though this of course does not equate to being a "Christian nation" as most of you would imply. It would be impractical to run businesses if the majority of employees wish to take the day off. Might as well just make it a holiday. If the majority of the nation's population were Muslim, I'd imagine some Islamic holidays would end up as federal holidays. For that matter, one of those three isn't even a federal holiday. Let's also not forget that the two that are have gained so much secular baggage that they're celebrated in largely non-Christian countries now for their secular aspects.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ChrisK

      Actually "America" is not JUST a Christian Country. It was founded by Unitarians, Athiests, Agnostics, Jews, AND Christians, Along the way other faiths came to settle here WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. If YOU don't like it YOU CAN LEAVE!! Fool! lol

      January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  18. Atheist Dad

    GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT NORMAL AND SHOULD BE HANGED TO DEATH LIKE THEY DO IN STRICT ARAB COUNTRIES!!

    January 10, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Sannate

      Really poor attempt at trolling. Too forceful and ridiculous.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      Thank you A h o l e Dad! Glad your not my father.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  19. Atheist Dad

    99% of the wealthy Americans are zionist Jews... just to let you know..... and they hate all Non-Jews

    January 10, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • sbast18

      Well....thanks for the...um...tip?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Jubal

        That's what the Rabbi said...

        January 10, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • xdougx

      More like 40%.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      From my experience anyone who feels the need to use the word "Zionist"in their posts is usually either racist or full of shlt or both.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • P.Y

      Nancy Pelosy are Jewish???

      January 10, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  20. So Con

    it is unbelievable to me how little regard there is to what the Bible has to say on this lifestyle – if it is true, I shudder to think of what is ahead

    January 10, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DarthWoo

      Surprise, surprise. People don't follow the Bible? Well here's a shocking life lesson for you, the plurality of the world isn't Christian. Christianity probably existed in the same proportions to the world's population as Scientology does today, in other words, it would have once been considered a cult. Not to mention that actual reading of the NT, somewhat required if one is to consider themselves a Christian, would dictate that all of you self-righteous whiners are no better than the gays you torment. Christianity just had the good fortune of being more convenient and unifiable than the Pagan religions and as such was adopted by the most powerful state of the time and enforced by the sword for centuries to come.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
      • solong

        all I said was "if it is true" – some of the greatest thinkers of today and yesterday have concluded that there are sound reasons for belief (I'll go with them over you, thanks anyway!)....people take their chances

        January 10, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • DarthWoo

        "take their chances" eh? Sounds like the old Pascal's Wager. Good luck with that. Hope Zeus doesn't smite you on the way to Tartarus.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Homeer Simpsoy

      What difference could it possibly make what the bible says?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      The United States is a country of many faiths (or lack of). Not everyone believes in the Bible, and it is their right. I don't think this should be a Christian nation, if for the simple reason that people other than Christians live here. According to the Bible, we are all sinners who need the salvation brought about by the death of Christ. Therefore, gays are not worse "sinners" than anyone else...right?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Read your Bible. Only in Leviticus is it called an abomination. The love King David had for his male partner was well acknowledged in Psalms and by his father, Solomon, as a beautiful thing.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • solong

        Katie – have another look......Lev 20:13 – detestable act; 1Cor 6:9-10 – shall not inherit the Kingdom of God; Romans 1:26-28 – degrading passions

        January 10, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • trt2001

        The relationship between David and Jonathan was nothing more than a close friendship. The problem is, is that people like to twist that relationship to justify their own sins.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • P.Y

        Was not Solomon David's son and not his father?

        January 10, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      It's almost time for the Easter bunny to come to town. I'll bet you can't wait!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  21. cc

    all i want to know is where is the most normal city in the usa? a place where no one cares about your bedroom antics, no one hates another person , and people go to work and are happy...does such a place exist? no sadly not...
    i will say to the gay parents commenting below...do not for one second thinnk you are better than a straight couple who abanodoned their child...obviously you think you are..you dont like people to critisize your lifestyle...so dont do the same in reverse....no one on the planet is perfect...you are not either...i feel sorry for any child abanonded by its parents..

    January 10, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  22. true jew

    salt lake city is not the gayest city, seriously? They are religious fundamentalists like the ayatollah in iran.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DarthWoo

      If people would just read the actual article, or heck, even just the ti.tle, they'd notice that it said that the criteria for this as.sessment didn't necessarily mean the same cities were the friendliest for gays, just that there was a large representation in those cities.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • DarthWoo

      Wow, this stupid board format STILL censors words like t i t l e and a s s e s s m e n t because of smaller words contained within? This isn't the 1980s, CNN.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. Heil H i t l e r wonderful leader

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2jqRwo5MHo&w=640&h=360]

    January 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  24. .

    It was soo fun and paradise seeing 6 million Jews getting killed 😀 Omg that felt soo good seeing on TV

    January 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  25. Deutch

    WHY does Judaism excist still ??!!! All Jews should be killed

    January 10, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  26. Deutch

    H o l o c a u s t was a nice day 🙂

    January 10, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • solong

      why do you deserve to live?!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  27. Quint

    I am surprised Grand Rapids made the list. My lesbian friend is from there and she could not wait to get away from the religious influence. Ann Arbor, not too terribly surprised, although coming in at #6 surprises me. Parts of Lansing MI have a thriving gay community, although its fairly concentrated in a few areas.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  28. Single

    I WISH I WISH I WISH THAT ALL JEWS DIED AND I HOPE WE HAVE ANOTHER HOLOCAUST IN NORTH AMERICA SO THEY WILL ALL GET WIPED AWAY!!!! I'm sick and tired of those da.mn zi.oni.sts who take control of everything !!!

    January 10, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Whoa! Someone is on the crazy train!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • solong

      what is so fascinating about you that warrants your existence for another second?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      And you wonder why your single... bitter party of one!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Crispin

      Now that you've made your wish, lets see if you can blow out all ten candles on your birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Heydrich.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  29. coolbreeze

    I knew it...Mickey Mouse is gay!

    January 10, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  30. Bill Pence

    The level of ignorance, hate and bigotry on display here is sickening and an embarrassment to my nation. Some of you people are one hair away from being Neanderthals. How do you dress yourself in the morning being as stupid as you are? IF you wish to see how monumentally asinine you are, just replace the word gay or any variation thereof in your posts with the word 'n***er' and relish in your backwoods idiocy. You are shameful people and tarnish the meaning of what it means to be an American.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • tripstone

      You're just angry because we're not backwards like you are. Gays aren't the norm and I pray to God they will never be.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Katie

        Gay people have always existed and always will. It's high everyone just accepted this fact. Gay people have always been in your community. They are teachers, fire fighters, policemen, bankers, politicians, doctors, artists, parents. They go to your church, they shop at your supermarket, they vote in your town elections. Spouting judgments won't make them disappear. You don't have to like everyone, but you do have to accept them. After all, they accept you, for all your hatred and bigotry, and they understand your behavior isn't the norm.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Riri

        You are not praying hard enough! HA!

        January 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • DarthWoo

      Hey now, don't go insulting the Neanderthals. They were reputedly quite intelligent for their day, unlike these people.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • rep

      HAHA, love between two women is sacred.... Only when I'm watching them on pay-per-view.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • PIJoe

      The Hitler post and the one by Single are posted by left-wingers to get everyone on the left spun up. Don't be so easily manipulated Bill Pence.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  31. Moonachie

    USA is a Christian country with freedom of religion. Move if you don't accept the truth

    January 10, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • true jew

      maybe you should move on because the founding fathers would disagree, fascist

      January 10, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
      • RobertC

        FUUUCK you Jew!!!!!

        January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Jeanne

        Jews hate Christians and killed Jesus so im not surprised that facking dirty jew say that

        January 10, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
      • ReasonableIntution

        Of course "Jews" killed Jesus (modern Christians came out of the Jewish fait)- There were no Christians until after Jesus died.... In accordance with the Bible – ALL of humanity is responsible for the death of Jesus. It was the "mob" who called for his execution, we are ALL the mob.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      True Jew @ Your people are zionists and you're truly a zionist if you did not know that. It's embarrasing living here in NY area where Jews try to take control of everything your moron... go back to Israel !!!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Veal

      You live in a fools paradise. There is no freedom in the fascist USA – a polyglot nation comprised of every other nation's refuse. Land of the freak – home of depraved. USA! USA! USA!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. tripstone

    Disgusting article. Gays cannot reproduce and are faulty members of our species.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Pence

      And you are an ignorant, horrible person who should be studied as an anthropological curiosity.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      And YOUR parents shouldn't have reproduced.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      So true so true

      January 10, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Winfred

        You and Tripstone are both loads that mummy should have swallowed.

        January 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      Then s u c k i t D o u c h e!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  33. kjp

    this list is completely ludicrous. As someone who travels the gay areas for business, all over the US and the World for that matter, this list is just completely WRONG.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  34. popseal

    Thanks CNN for the heads up. I'll be sure to avoid those cities that glorify perversion. The New Orleans French Quarter should have at least gotten honorable mention as a reprobate runner up.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Good! Could ya please??

      January 10, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      Please stay in D o My Sister Wherever.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  35. rantthec.nt

    Well, I can add couple towns to the list – Sodom and Ghamorra. Wait...

    January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      How about this other one... Dictionary.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  36. GC

    Sign of the endtimes. Sodom and Gomorra Nation, USA. http://www.endtimesurvivalguide.com

    January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  37. mike

    This is real news...it tells us what cities to avoid. No you are not born gay...people make the choice to be gay. People label ones that are different as gay from a young age and then eventually they believe it themselves. Shameful.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Why on earth do you care what other people do?!?! Who cares?!?!?!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • kjp

      I made a choice to be gay? LOL Yeah and I should make a choice to be straight and live a lie my whole life? I'd much rather be a real person, who I really am, then the 100's of millions who believe in a sky daddy and a doctrine of poison and fairy tales.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Brown

      What an idiotic statement. At what age did you "choose" to become an idiot?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • mike

        I am an idiot because I don’t agree with your filthy practices? You are not making any sense…do you hear yourself? Hello, wake up!!!! God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of such practices. No it was not a fairy tale, it was reality and he will clean the world of such debauchery in the near future once again.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      And you "know" this, how? I guess you must have experience with being it then...to know.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      What a dumb a s s!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      And I guess people choose to be straight too huh? Or white or black or tall or stupid? Because you obviously chose to be stupid. Why would anyone chose to be gay when they know that their entire life people like you will hate them for it?

      January 10, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  38. Jimbo

    This list was just made up to get conservatives panties in a bundle. I could care less where the gays are, it wouldn't effect my day one bit if I saw zero gays or 100 so who gives a rats azz. Just live you lives people and stop trying to cause problems, that goes for the anti-gays and the pro-gay communities both.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Preach it Jimbo! Preach it.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  39. Kristin

    Yay! I like news reports highlighting what different communities are up to. I'm not a member of the lgbt community, but I have loads of respect for them and hope that certain people will stop being treated like second class citizens based on whom they choose to love.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. Mike

    Hey, how about the straightest city, the whitest city, the average American who makes this country run city? Oh, that's right, that would be bigoted, racist and unfair.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • lena

      The whitest city, is probably also Salt Lake City. I'm white, I don't find that bigotry in facts.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      And absolutely boring!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bach50b3

      Because "news" by definition must be novel. Straight, white Christian Americans are not hard to find. LGBTQ people living in Salt Lake City? Much more novel. Think "Dog bites Man" vs. "Man bites Dog" – the classic theoretical test for the newsworthy-ness of a story.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  41. american citizen

    Its funny how they portray this to be a good thing, when it really isn't. Gay people will never be wanted and never be accepted by normal people. Articles like this just want to make people more acceptable. Being gay is an abomination and its a sin. Disgusting.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • shane

      Only a closet case would make a statement like that. You're gay.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
      • american citizen

        You're angry your kind will never be accepted.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnjon

      I find your name hilarious "american citizen", because you are a poor excuse of an American citizen.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bach50b3

      Senator Craig, how amazing that you are able to get wi-fi from the men's room!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Conservative

      What a loser. Seriously? Never be accepted? Maybe it's you that won't accept and obviously fall behind. I'm straight, conservative and don't see why people still are afraid of the LGBT community. Shane's right...you must be afraid of some deep feeling inside. How sad for you.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Why would you refer to yourself as an abomination and a sin? Have some more respect for yourself.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      F U very much NON American Citizen!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lets Be Fair

      You should not be so cruel towards gays. Just because our life style may seem disgusting to you, we dig it. Once you get past the aroma of feces , it's not so bad. So what if some feces occasionally gets trapped under our finger nails. It's not like were all cooks or greeting the public. Everyone needs to start being a little less fecesphobic and just lower your moral standards a little more.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  42. JP

    Well, I for one am relieved to know that there are 16 cities in these United States that are accommodating to men who prefer the hairy a$$es and b-u-t-t-holes of other men. For a second I was worried that these guys wouldn't have a place where they feel comfortable probing each other's a-n-u-s-e-s and shafts. Boy, am I relieved!!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Hope's Ghost

      so you're moving to one of them then?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jpeeler

      Wow, clearly you've given that A LOT of though...a whole lot of though..perhaps a little too much?

      January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob Hope's Ghost

        it does sound like a closet case to me, doesn't it?

        January 10, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        I'm confused. Why do gays always use the hint of somebody possibly being gay ("in the closet") as an insult? Every time somebody doesn't agree with them, they say "oh, he's definitely a closet gay" as an insult. So, are you saying that being gay is bad? Make up your mind.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Because they almost always are – because most real straight men I know could care less about gay people. It's always the ones who have to rant on and on and whine about them (eh hem Santorum) who are gay and trying to hide it.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        So, then you are confirming to me, being gay is an insult? Just verifying. Thanks.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Really now

        That's like saying someone who posts a comment denouncing pedophiles must be one. Sounds like you have taken the "Bad" means "Good" flip and carried it to extreme. Sometimes, Bad really does mean Bad.

        January 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Derek

    I'm surprised neither NYC or L.A. made the list. Both cities have thousands of gays & lesbians & have many laws protecting their civil rights, although NY has marriage equality but CA does not. I suppose this list is based on per capita so some of these smaller cities made the list but big cities like NYC & L.A. did not.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • JRR2

      The article said that the Advocate looked outside of the traditional gay friendly cities.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  44. monah

    I live in Austin, Texas and had no idea we were among the top gayest cities. Armed with that knowledge I will now...well I really don't know what I will do with that knowledge, but at least I'm a little more informed about the city I live in.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • coolbreeze

      I just knew it...Mickey Mouse was gay...

      January 10, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  45. Vince

    More attempts to try and normalize deviant behavior which will result in more destruction of society. I have nothing against gays who were probably born with this defect, but I think we should not rush to act as if this birth defect should be recognized as "normal" behaior because it may influence teens and children to make bad choices. They should just stay in the closet and accept the fact that they are defects.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Why on earth are you so terrified of gays?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • shane

        Because they are afraid that another man is going to treat them the way they treat women.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Vince

        @ Shane, you sound like a punk with experience with this since you brought it up.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • anillee

      Do you also think a boat that tries to sail across the Pacific Ocean will fall off the world and into space?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Vince

        Take note of the chimp-like responses when someone like me has a correct view of gays.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • lena

      Want to know what really causes "destruction" of society? Intolerance, bigotry, shoving religion down people's throats to the point where they can't make a rational decision, imperialist propagation of western values on other cultures, war, invasion, funding military pursuits and murder more than healthcare, education, the arts...I can keep going, but I have a feeling you probably believe in all of the above, and I'm just wasting my time.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Vince

        @ Lena, let me touch on a few of your mornoic points. a) "propagation of western values on other cultures".. does this mean that non-western values are more tolerant towards gays? Give some examples. b) "shoving religion down people's throats" I never mentioned religion. American society has not gotten better as a result from any of the movements from the 1960's that includes the gay movemnet, it has gotten worse. Example would be blacks, their families have been ripped apart by the welfare state.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ReasonableIntution

      A chimp like response: without acknowleding that being gay is a "birth defect". Birth Defects are not the result of individual choice, you're born with them, meaning they are natural. Even "freaks of nature" are natural. It's not an impurity. All people aid in the social conjecture of diversity in action and throught, leading to a stronger human culutre. WIthout many gays, your world wouldn't be what it is today. In general terms, you're life would be much more boring than it is today without jovial gay behavior. To expand of the biological side, it would be difficult to explain away why the prostate is only located in the male of the species (in ALL males of the species).

      January 10, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Vince

        "Birth Defects are not the result of individual choice," Interesting. The line from gays is that they were "born" gay and that it is not a choice. Have you consulted with the gay movment before you replied? I agree that gays were born gay which is why it is a birth defect. If everyone was born gay the human race could not re-produce naturally which tells you that these people are defected according to nature.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
      • ReasonableIntution

        I don't want to say that you didn't get the points, but if you really need it spelled out to you 1) gays are not birth defects 2) even if they were "birth defects" are not chosen by the individual, therefore you can not judge them 3) all people have the potential to contribute to society regardless of their birth right.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • monah

      I was born with a "defect" one leg is shorter than the other and I am dyslexic. I sure hope these "defects" don't influence children and teens to make bad choices and decide they should have one leg shorter than the other and become dyslexic.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      More attempts to try and normalize deviant behavior which will result in more destruction of society. I have nothing against Evangelical Christians who were probably born with this defect, but I think we should not rush to act as if this birth defect should be recognized as "normal" behaior because it may influence teens and children to make bad choices. They should just stay in the closet and accept the fact that they are defects.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      NEVER Kiss my a s s d o u ch e!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  46. Dan G.

    Only on CNN and the Huffington Post are you constantly subject to the pro Gay and pro illegal immigration all the time. CNN, we know you support the Gay agenda and illegal immigration – just give it a break once in a while.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      So freedom, human rights & equality are not part of your personal political agenda? If you don't like CNN reporting news you don't like, you can always read other news websites or start your own.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan G.

        Sure they are, I just don't support agenda journalism or journalism designed to meet a quota for a special interest group.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      It's a FREE country. Don't read it.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  47. anillee

    Eh, I don't know how I feel about this article. On one hand, I'm glad to see a thriving community–I have never visited Salt Lake City but from everything I have heard about it, I have to say I would have never expected to see Salt Lake City, UT and "Gayest City" in the same sentence–so I'm (pleasantly) surprised to hear this, but on the other hand, I'm concerned about any negative attention this article may have drawn to the Gay community of Salt Lake City. There have already been a few inflammatory posts here by those evolution left behind; I hope this doesn't cause the neanderthals to crawl from under their rocks and start harassing people for their lifestyle.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  48. caff484

    I am from Lexongton, KY and we are a very gay city and proud of it. we should have been on the list!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • caff484

      lexington*

      January 10, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  49. Ray

    I am flaberghasted by some of the outright STUPID and bigoted comments here. "stay away from our children"...really?? what ROCK did you crawl out from under?? My partner and I will tell that to our adopted son that STRAIGHT people abandoned. STUPID STUPID STUPID...

    January 10, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Yes, please stay away from my children.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  50. Dave

    Justin Bieber's house

    January 10, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      hahahahaha so true

      January 10, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  51. Tim

    I have lived in San Francisco for 30+ years... can't see how S.F. isn't even on the list...SOme things are just given, I guess.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Per the article "This year’s list intended to examine cities that are outside the usual orbit of San Francisco, Boston, Miami and New York..."

      January 10, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  52. Old Guy

    Slow news day?

    January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  53. uhh

    who gives a sh!%......

    January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  54. MASTRODAMUS

    There are no winners when it come's to this issue. Only losers.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  55. Rick

    Time to Nuke it before it spreads any further !

    January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  56. Bobby

    Obviousely they didn't make a visit to Key West

    January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • lena

      Or Provincetown, MA

      January 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
      • lena

        ....or Northampton, MA. I totally see Cambridge, though

        January 10, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  57. Kim

    Why isn't Philadelphia on the list?! We have little gay pride flags on the street signs in the gayborhood (not it's official name but that's what everyone calls it).

    January 10, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      I live in Philly.......I haven't seen any big area where gays live (not that they live in big rainbow covered houses or anything). I haven't seen to many well dresses, good dancing, physically fit folks in Philly these days.
      How does one define gay? Smoking monkey pole? Eating carpet? Someone ask that joke of a candidate Santorum what he thinks.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  58. Dozer

    GAYS! Stay away from our children!!!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnjon

      we don't want your children.................. and by the way, whats up with all the married men winking at me behind their wives back at the market?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      your STUPID comment infuriates me. My partner and i HAVE 2 ADOPTED CHILDREN THAT straights HAVE CHOSEN TO ABANDON. you ARE AN IDIOT.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • whistleblower

      Are you serious?? Everyone with a BRAIN knows that it is straight men for the most part that are pedophiles. Gays are usually the most loving, nurturing parents. Educate yourself moron!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
      • JP

        Sandusky. Gacy. Dahmer. Michael Jackson. The list goes on, and on, and on. Straight men? ha

        January 10, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Elena

      Dozer, your children aren't in any danger from gays. They may be in danger from your 'tude, however.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • er

      I truly hope all of your kids grow up heathly, happy and GAY.
      And,, at least one of each of all your friends children too...
      A little blessing sent from me, your FAIRY godmother.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      It's not a disease like HIV or a fad like skinny jeans.
      What you should be looking out for is the old priest at your local church.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      You are obviously ignorant to what gay is. Aww how sad your stupid. I guess we will have to discriminate you.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  59. me

    Good reason NOT to visit these cities where mental illness abounds

    January 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • whistleblower

      Mental illness?? Like I told "dozer" EDUCATE yourself moron!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
      • me

        truth hurts

        January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • lena

      actually, if I'm ever stuck in the midwest (where tea party nutjobs run amok), I'll now know where to it's safe to stay

      January 10, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
      • lena

        wow, terrible grammar, my apologies...I'll KNOW where it's safe to stay 😉

        January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      Do us a favor and hide in your house forever.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  60. Fredo Garcia

    If San Francisco, CA; West Hollywood, CA; Key West, FL; and Provincetown, MA aren't on this list, then the writer either didn't put in the effort, or had a different agenda when writing the article.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Provincetown is not a "gay" town. Most gay people in teh area do not live there. It is a "gay resort" though. Providence RI is easily the "gayest" city in New England. In a town of only 200,000 people, Providence sports 25 gay bars and the largest Pride Celebration outside of a large city, easily drawing 150,000 people.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • whistleblower

      I agree. Also, he listed Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Everyone in Michigan knows the city that is most "gay friendly" is Saugatauk on the west coast of Michigan!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
      • RobertC

        This is the same as the objection to Provincetown. Saugatuck is a resort. The article is about people who actually live in the towns, not weekend visitors. Grand Rapids is a very vital community, and Ann Arbor is fantastic.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe SImpson

      Fredo, did you put in the effort to actually READ the article?

      "This year’s list intended to examine cities that are outside the usual orbit of San Francisco, Boston, Miami and New York,"

      January 10, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • RobertC

      Gay life in San Francisco is way over-rated. The "strip" on Castro Street is two blocks long. The community is very political and gets a lot of publicity, but most straight people have no contact with gays at all. Chicago, in my personal experience, is much more gay friendly. This list does not surprise me at all.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      You for got to mention new orleans, I thought it should make the top 3.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  61. Matt

    The real winner here is Orlando for coming in #2

    January 10, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • MattB

      I like that, very cleverly put.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  62. keri

    To protect gay children from bullying, they should be removed from the homes of their parents as soon as they show gay behaviors, and placed together in special camps where they can grow-up together in an accepting, nurturing educational environment free of bullying by straight children. When they are 18 years old, they should be graduated from the camps, and required to do two years compulsory,free military service in special gay units organized within the Army inantry to compensate the government for the many years of bully free living during childhood. These gay Army units, which would be free of hazing since limited to gays, should be assigned such valorous tasks as the clearing of cluster mine fields and the defusing of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, providing the gay unit members with the opportunity to win decorations for bravery and valor, thereby, winning the pride and respect of straight Americans.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      I'll assume you are kidding, however, if not you are a fool.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • RS

      You're an idiot.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      This made me laugh 🙂

      January 10, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • N. Dow

      What planet are you from? Have you been reading Mein Kampf?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Sir Mixed Up

      I am not going to tell you again to get off the computer and do your homework!!
      –Mom

      January 10, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      That was hilarious. So ridiculous many think you are kidding, but the tone it's written in, well, clearly you're not. The level of stupidity is scary, but I'm sure you'll end up making policy some day in the government.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  63. geekgirl42

    Shame on Valerie Larabee, the executive director of the Utah Pride Center for suggesting that "naked yoga" would have gotten SLC a higher "gay score". I am gay and I don't practice naked yoga nor do I practice any sort of leather fetishism. "(For the record: The Advocate counted one nude yoga class there, and one Mr. Leather semifinalist, too.)" This sort of stereotyping of the so-called "gay lifestyle" is what we should all be fighting against.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      why fight against it? just because you don't do it, doesn't make it wrong. isn't the whole point that we can all be different and accepted for our differences???? I bet you also don't get laid, but you should to untighten that a$$

      January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
      • geekgirl42

        Ok, so reading comprehension is obviously not your thing. My point is that the misguided stereotypes of gay people are not helped by suggesting that the availability of "naked yoga" makes a town more "gay". It's kind of like saying that the availability of watermelon and fried chicken makes black people feel more at home. Oh, and guarantee I get more kitty than you.

        January 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I have a question for you. I am a believer that most gay people are born that way. If you agree I would also say that being born gay is a birth defect? Is this wrong to think. just wondering...

      January 10, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Sergey

        Wanna know the irony of this statement? White American's used to the exact same thing of black people and women. Bigotry is bigotry, no matter whether it's socially acceptable or not.

        Just saying...

        January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • geekgirl42

        A large majority of people are born with brown eyes. A smaller percentage are born with blue eyes. Is having blue eyes a birth defect? I think it's just a difference that's there from very early on. Whether it's from birth or not, I don't know, but my own experience was that I always felt different. I didn't know what it was called until I hit 10 or so, and I really didn't know what it meant until 13 or 14.

        January 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Nationwidevotes.com

    Should gay couples have the right to get married? Vote at Nationwidevotes.com under the Politics section.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  65. loller

    how is this even considered news? with all of the acts of open tyranny from our own government one would think BS like this is merely meant to be a distraction. how about this for news; obama signed into law the NDAA which gives the military the right to detain AMERICA CITIZENS on no charges for as long as they want. they don't have to let you get a lawyer. they don't even have to tell you or your family where you are being held. how about this for news: we have been at war for 10 years and now they are beating the drums to go to war with iran. do you know what will happen if we invade iran. (aside from the fact it could spark WWIII) gas would jump to close to $10 a gallon almost over night. if you don't believe any of this use that box with all the buttons on it in front of you now for something other than entertaining yourself and reading trash like this. i have nothing against gays, so don't get me wrong. open your eyes and see that it's the main stream medias job to lull you to sleep so you don't see the real issues.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • FR

      It's news to the Gay community.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Fruitcake

        LOL

        January 10, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • RobertC

      There are other stories on CNN dealing with those issues. Feel free to read them at will.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • bfd007

      You are so right,,,,but you have to remember the government would prefer everyone to be gay, because gay's are so much easy'er to control and are much more passive.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  66. bw

    What about Key West, FL and Asheville, NC? If you've ever been to either city, you would know that they should be on the list. Especially Key West.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  67. wandrel

    Seems like New Orleans should be on the list somewhere!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  68. Bob

    Arkansas either marry their own relatives or are gay.....wow what a state...& Im surprised because of all the Good old Boys down there....(oh thats right good old BOYS)

    January 10, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      Have you ever considered a career in stand up comedy?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      Come and down and meet some good ol' boys, Bob.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  69. Fla

    Now, I get it. This is a list of the gayest cities in America that nobody would have ever thought were gay. More interesting than naming San Francisco and Key West year after year.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  70. Stephen

    Aww, how sad for all of you still clinging to the ancient prejudices. I promise you any community that is so intelligent and empathetic to be friendly to all will also accept you and your olde-fashioned ways. Luckily your offspring will understand the true definition of love thy neighbor by breaking through the shallowness of your uninsightful knee-jerk reaction to such a story. I believe this is a similar transition our grandparents went through when communities stopped hating couples because of being interracial or interreligious. Remember the days when Protestants and Catholics did not tolerate each other? Thank goodness for evolution, your children will say as they snicker under their breaths at your backward thinking.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Gerry

      @Stephan you are right, but wrong that god doesn't approve of your behavior, but he doesn't approve of mine either since i've had x before marriage, so we are both sinners. I do agree on another note, that more of the not norm seems to be the norm these days whether it be on US tv today compared to years in the past. Do you remember when it was banned when Elvis did his dance hinch the nick name Elvis the Pelvis? I'm raised a Christian, but i know God has no prejudice on anyone, and that he is here for all of us. I'm American born, and i lived in Europe for a while, and there seems to be a lot more acceptance, and everyone minds their buisness, and gets down to more important issues not involving social issues like the US. Take Care Stephen.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  71. Russ

    Interesting story, thanks. I live in Atlanta, and we are PROUD of our diversity.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  72. Joe T.

    It amazes me that people click on this story and then complain that it isn't "real news". You knew what you were getting into when you clicked on the story. If not, then you are an idiot. If you opened the story just to comment on it not being news, you are generating hits. This makes CNN think that this is what kind of stories people want to read.

    Where I come from news doesn't just have to be about sports or the weather or the war in the Middle East. It could be about issues that affect us all or even a small minority of people. It can be human interest stories. This is a blog piece which can also be likened to an opinion column. If this subject doesn't interest you, then great. Don't read the story.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  73. Rob

    What about Key West, Fl? i have been to most of these cities and Key West has them all beat.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  74. James

    What the hell... Im in downtown slc for a large part of my day, and though slc is quite liberal, the conservative stench from every surrounding city always weeps in. Never thought of Soc being that gay friendly.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Well, I agree with the conservative stench (and we should all just admit, there's a Mormon on every corner). But I think SLC does tend to have a thriving, very open and transparent gay community. It's not hidden here like it is in some cities I've visited.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  75. Rebelamerican

    The gays MUST be proud to claim Little Rock Arkansas, with it gay population of three toothed, single digit IQ'ed, inbred rejects from the movie "Deliverance".

    Lets give them all a big Squeeeeeeeeeal!

    January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      Be cool homie. For every id iot I have met in Arkansas (or anywhere else) there are plenty of good folk. This is coming from a Texan. If anyone should be putting down other states it is a Texan. We are known for our arrogance.
      And.... why is San Francisco missing from the list? I mean, c'mon, it is phag central over there.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You do know that the movie Deliverence was based in Georgia right?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  76. Erika

    What's next? America's "Most Ignorant News Organization"? If so, I think we found a winner.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Josef Bleaux

      No, Fox has already claimed that.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  77. Duane

    Either way you look at it, SLC is becoming very progressive and understanding of people of every race and gender. Maybe the world needs to understand we are not some Mormon secret society here. We hosted a very successful Olympics shortly after 9/11 and are one of the premier destinations for skiing and summer activities. We host Sundance and every major Hollywood player comes here and some yes do live here (Cheech Marin, Victoria Principal, Wilford Brimley to name a few).
    Yearly a "Pride" day is hosted and all of downtown is converted for a LGBT parade and fair. Believe it or not most of us are for equal rights among all.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Cheech Marin lives here?!?! I didn't know that.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Duane

      Hi Melissa, he does. He has a condo in Deer Valley. I ran into him a few times at the summer concert series there, great guy.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Wow!! Cheech Marin? Victoria Principal? W...W...W....Wilford Brimley? SLC is just oozing with celebrities! With star power like that, I could imagine SLC ranking in the top....200, maybe 100 as far as celebrities per capita. I can imagine what your state motto could be..."Utah-Come for the outdoor activities, stay for Wilford Brimley".

      January 10, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  78. Bob

    and the sad part about this is that half of these things will adopt kids & screw their Lives up too...

    January 10, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo D.

      Really? Look in the back, I mean way back in your dad's closet...I bet that you'll find some Polaroid's that will scare you straight! Perhaps in your own closet as well.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Yeah, that would be awful. Let's keep those kids separated from their siblings and bouncing around from abusive foster home to abusive foster home! Those kids are better off being unloved and miserable with no stable home than having two moms! Yuck!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Jill

        50000% agreed.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Taron

        Our family is straight and a foster family, as well as involved in adoption, and it's offensive for you to generalize that straight families only offer abusive homes. You don't think there are abusive gay couples? Such ignorance.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Jill

        He was being sarcastic Taron... hahahaha.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Ummm these THINGS?! I really hope you are referring to yourself about screwing up a child's right thought of mind! Putting hate into someone's mind and to think someone is ANY less human than you... only because they aren't like you? For one that shows a HUGE level of immaturity on your behalf... to be as close minded as you are to call a a PERSON a thing... is just morally wrong on so many levels. Maybe you are the THING for showing such hate for someone on such an extensive level. Every single person living on this earth, not just America, has the right to live, breathe, eat, sleep, love, etc etc as you do! Don't think that just because you have your own little circle of what you thint "normal" really is, doesn't mean that you are really the abnormal thing here. I sincerely apologize that you are such a close minded person, and respect for anyone excepy for something that is just like you. You are by NO means normal and in fact are the THING that is hurting this country. Now GOOD day to you..

      January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      You know what they say about people who fear gays...

      January 10, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Wow. Self-hater much? Well, I see Santorum's base is out in force...

      January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Riri

      The sad part is you!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  79. Ben

    How is this news? What is the purpose of this story?

    January 10, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  80. Paula

    I'm surprised not to see Key West, FL on the list.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  81. John

    Now I know where not to live.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  82. Bob

    Thanks now I know where not to go when I Retire.....

    January 10, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • mdwestgrl

      Actually cities with higher gay population (not necessarily the ones on this gay friendly list) tend to be financially stronger more vibrant communities. Im a hetro girl and I realize the advantages 🙂

      January 10, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      You better watch out or the gay boogeyman is gonna come and turn you gay!

      F.Y.I. There are gay people living in every city. You'll never escape it. In fact, there could be one living right next door to you!

      January 10, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        I I hope there 2 Hot Chicks.....

        January 10, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Right on Bob. Totally agree with you. I don't hate gay people, but I am not going to willfully subject myself or my family to their lifestyle, which I hate.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • john

        same for your name, chad. Your mother was expecting a mo if she named you chad. don't fight the feeling. your wife isn't putting out, might as well suck a di$k

        January 10, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Riri

        We hate you too!

        January 10, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • freedog

        He said he hated the lifestyle, not you.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      c'mon, dude, your name is Bob. Everyone knows you can't be a bob and be straight. you know you want it, you know you do.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Fruitcake

      These cities will weep because you don't move there, Bob

      January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  83. FrankC

    Along with this earth shattering story, the Advocate also reports that 1.5% of people in Tulsa, OK say they like anchovies more than any other fish. CNN, your aganda is showing again.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnjon

      Frank.................. most gay men are allergic to fish, ewwww.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
      • David in Corpus

        You won't see me going down on anything that smells like fish either. Try to meet women who haven't had their holes plugged by entire football teams homie. You'll see the smell and taste improves significantly.
        fish, what a tard.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Johnjon

        ummmmm David, I ACTUALLY have a fish allergy. what are you talking about dude?

        January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Josef Bleaux

        Mmmm...tuna taco.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  84. Cpt Shawn

    This is crazy. First of all, Knoxville, Tennessee where I was born and raised has nothing to offer the Gay Community with the exception of 3 dive bars, the city does not support any activities, the pride parada is litterally attending by about 300 people. Atlanta, San Francisco or Fort Lauderdale should be considered as the top three destinations. Attend pride this year in all three cities and you will see a culture second to none, a city within a city and supportive governmental bodies. I have been fortunate enough to travel and visit each of the cities listed about. A good review and attendance of the above cities and you will reconsider realignment of these cities. Thanks.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Like the report stated, they were trying to find the cities that were gay friendly and NOT known about. Everyone knows about Miami and San Fran. How many knew about SLC's parades, or Litlle Rock's apparently growing LGBT group? Few, I would assume.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  85. Zaphod2010

    Who would have thunk it. Does mitt know about this? What about huntsman?
    LOL

    January 10, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Duane

      They both are aware of it. I have several gay employee and friends and honestly they are great people. They don't expect nor are treated differently than a straight person. It doesn't surprise me SLC was on the list but it did surprise me we got listed as #1. The church here is still fighting Prop 8 which is a California bill but I guess since it is two states away they need to place their two cents in?
      Either way you look at it, SLC is becoming very progressive and understanding of people of every race and gender. Maybe the world needs to understand we are not some Mormon secret society here. We hosted a very successful Olympics shortly after 9/11 and are one of the premier destinations for skiing and summer activities. We host Sundance and every major Hollywood player comes here and some yes do live here (Cheech Marin, Victoria Principal, Wilford Brimley to name a few).

      January 10, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  86. bryan

    And how many more jobs would have been lost? And how many more would have gone bankrupt? These were all companies in trouble, on the verge of bankruptcy when he stepped in, idiots.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Yes, but I think the point is, the companies that they took over that didn't survive were liquidated; people lost their jobs, while Romney's group made money.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  87. abc

    Wow, i'm suprised arizona is not on that list. Every time I go out jogging...nevermind, I won't even say it! lol

    January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Fruitcake

      hmmmm I believe Arizona is a state....

      January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  88. Fla

    Orlando? Ft. Lauderdale? But not KEY WEST???

    January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  89. sas

    Uh, HELLO? Northampton, MA? Is there anybody out there?!!!

    January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  90. AR Resident

    I'm an Arkansas native and Little Rock certainly does have a gay community. There is also Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Jonesboro and Hot Springs. Aside from some fanatical fringe religious groups, there's not much backlash as someone far removed from the South might expect. It's pretty much like this: if you're a good responsible neighbor, not many people give a flip about your orientation. I am a little surprised that Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA didn't make the top list though.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  91. blah blah blah

    Wow CNN covering another leftist story with no real substance or merit making it newsworthy. No surprise there

    January 10, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • moe smith

      wow, another fuktard vomiting nonsense and stupidity on the internet while wasting oxygen in real life. no real surprise there.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Rod in Dallas TX

        hahaha....love this. It made me laugh out loud at work.

        January 10, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
      • David in Corpus

        Don't be so hard on yourself homie. Your mother gave you a fkn stupid azz name. It's not your fault you can't get anypuzzy.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Chad

        Don't listen to Moe, his choice of words discredits him. I agree that this should never make it to the front page of an international news org....just dumb. SLC is obviously not the "gayest" cities in the nation, that was just a way to ruffle the feathers of one of the most conservative cities in the nation. Have you people even been to SLC?

        January 10, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Riri

        Well put.

        January 10, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      If you don't like it, you didn't have to read it. WAH, WAH, WAH. SOME of us wanted to read this. I know this is hard for you to swallow, but the world doesn't revolve around you and your demands. If you don't like it... there are a million other websites where you can waste your time.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Josef Bleaux

      Then why did you read the story? Go back to Fox News, you'll find that all your inbred relatives are over there.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Jan

        Wish there was a LOVE IT button for your comment! : )

        January 10, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  92. Imperabo

    And Utah is the most populous state in the union. [note: if we don't count CA, TX, NY, FL . . . . .].

    January 10, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  93. Jill American

    For those commenting on San Francisco being left off the list, the article starts with: 'This year’s list intended to examine cities that are outside the usual orbit of San Francisco, Boston, Miami and New York, ...'.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  94. moe smith

    Seeing anything from the Bible belt surprises me.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Why? Your still free to live and do what you want. The difference is, wherever religion is stongest, discrimination is strongest.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Hikerstud

        Wake up. Discrimination against individuals or behavior? Yes hopefully we fully discriminate against murder, child rape, drug abuse, etc it is called illegal activity. LGBT behavior has been illegal for hundreds of years. Why all of a sudden do we have to all say it is great and let's have a parade and teach kindergarden children to behave the same way?

        January 10, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  95. michael

    by gay do they mean happy? that would be swell

    January 10, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  96. ZysPsyk

    Whats the non gayest city then? Wait..who even cares?

    January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      tehran

      January 10, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Mehmet

        Tehran is a lot more gay friendlier than a lot of the bigoted states in this country

        January 10, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Crawford, Texas

      January 10, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
      • David in Corpus

        Vidor, Texas homies. No doubt. When they r a p e you it ain't a gay thing. I hear they ain't gentle at all.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • moe smith

      cleveland... it's just thug & hood

      January 10, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  97. daveinla

    Who cares? How about what is America's most dog loving city. Just as trivial.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • KJM1968

      There actually is a list for the most dog friendly cities.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Now that IS interesting.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      As someone else pointed out, CNN thinks YOU do. The reason is you clicked on the story and then commented on it. They don't have the time to actually read all the comments – it's all just numbers. If you don't think something's newsworthy, don't read it.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jeanne

    Very surprised San Fran isn't on here, but also surprised Asheville, NC is not there! Asheville is like a miniature Portland.....

    January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • SlammoFandango

      That's because in the cities you mention, nobody considers being gay to be that big of a deal anymore and therefore there aren't big rallies and festivals...Gays have been accepted into the community and nobody feels they should be singled out and the gays don't feel they need to stand together in a seperate community the way the used to .

      January 10, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Nell

        That's a good way to look at it.

        January 10, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • RobertC

      The gay community in SF is diminishing as other places become more accepting. I was born in SF and moved away 20 years ago. Last time I was there I was amazed how small and sad the Castro area looked. I am not at all surprised it did not make the list.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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