Last week, we took a look at the most gay-friendly places to live in the U.S. Today we are zooming in to have a look at California, assuredly a great place for gay people to call home. We reviewed The Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Equality Index” which evaluated 137 U.S. cities from all 50 states as to their LGBT- supportive criteria. Of that bunch, only 11 scored 100 percent on the index, and yes, six of those 11 were located in California.
The 47 standards included such elements as nondiscrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment practices, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership. The six California cities to be anointed as deserving a perfect rating were Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs, Long Beach and West Hollywood. Cities receiving A’s but slightly less than perfect scores included Berkeley (95); Sacramento (91) and Oakland (92).
Trulia did a comparable study of gay-friendly communities and broke it down to specifically gay male and lesbian concentrations. San Francisco made both lists, with the Castro district and Noe Valley high on both. As to California venues, Palm Springs and West Hollywood made the gay list; Oakland and Guerneville, Calif. the lesbian one.
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