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.
Last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gayest city isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exactly country, but youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never know by visiting the Trapp (TheTrappSLC.com), a welcoming, wood-paneled bar that serves cocktails in jam jars.
Though many clubs are very quiet during the week, on the weekends the college crowd and queers from all over the metropolitan area descend on Jam (JamSLC.com) and Paper Moon (Facebook.com/PaperMoonSLC). Sugar House is a gay-friendly hood, and the Tower Theatre (SaltLakeFilmSociety.org) has long been an LGBT meeting spot and cultural touchstone.
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