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.
Three schools (Brown, Rhode Island Institute of Design, and Johnson & Wales) bring in the LGBT and LGBT-friendly students who help make this small city so gay and so unstuffy in a nonÃ¢â‚¬â€œNew England-y kind of way.
The gay haunts are easily navigable but no less cool for the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s size. Guys and gals alike will go nuts for Providence Roller Derby (ProvidenceRollerDerby.com) Also, the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s former mayor, out 51-year-old David Cicilline, was elected to his second term in Congress.
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