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 itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not exactly a household name as an LGBT hot spot, Springfield ought to be.
The city is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. in percentage of same-sex couples, according to the Census BureauÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s American Community Survey, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a desirable place to relocate from the metropolises because of its location near skiing, shores, Boston, and Provincetown.
LGBTs appreciative of art and architecture inhabit gay-popular hoods Downtown, McKnight, Forest Park, and the Ridgewood/Maple Hill area of Six Corners.
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