15th Queerest City in America 2016: Berkeley, California


The Advocate has their annual ranking out of the queerest cities in the US. Clocking in at 15: Berkeley, California:

By day, shop at one of three gay-heavy Whole Foods markets or join activists at UC Berkeley, and at night unwind at the gay-men-only Steamworks Baths (SteamworksBaths.com), all while relaxing in a state that offers nondiscrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in adoption.

This collegiate, liberal bastion also benefits from gay-friendly bookstores such as Pegasus Fine Books (PegasusBookstore.com) and Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts Bookstore (MrsDalloways.com) that hold special LGBT events to educate and engage the community.

The Criteria:

1. LGBT Film FESTs

2. Non-discrimination protections in adoption

3. Muscial Tours: 1 point for each tour of Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepson, Madonna

4. Chapter of the national LGBT Chamber of Commerce

5. Openly queer mayor

6. Workout: 1 point for each SoulCycle studio, Barry’s Bootcamp studio, Shaun T Beachbody event

7. LGBT sites on the national register: 1 point for each

8. Gay bookstores

9. Places with landmarks that went rainbow for marriage equality: 1 point for each location

10. Scream Queens/American HorrorStory viewing parties

The raw score is divided by the population to provide a ranking based on a per capita LGBT quotient.

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

See the Full Story at The Advocate

Click here for gay realtors, mortgage lenders, and other real estate professionals in the SF Bay Area