Are you shocked that Los Angeles and New York didn’t make the list in our fourth annual accounting of city life in America? Then listen up, honey. As much as we love fabulous soirees and mimosa brunches, there’s much more to LGBT life than that. We live in little burgs and big cities and tons of places in between — so we’re looking at the in-between.
This year our totally accurate (and totally subjective and constantly changing) criteria for a great gay city had to include two of the biggest legislative and political developments for LGBTs: marriage equality votes in four states and the election that swept a ton of queers into high office, including seven members of Congress.
Though it may be Ã¢â‚¬Å“all-American,Ã¢â‚¬Â thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing stuffy about this idyllic town known for its romantic covered bridges, colorful murals, and natural beauty.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tops when it comes to counterculture, eco-consciousness, and outdoors enthusiasm. Home to the University of Oregon (an institution The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students placed among the top 20), the city has a well-deserved progressive reputation. And the Oregon Bach Festival (OregonBachFestival.com) is classical musicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coolest event.
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