15th Queerest City in America 2016: Berkeley, California

Berkeley

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.

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