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.
What was founded in 1764 as a fur-trading outpost has become an LGBT beacon in the Midwest.
The city proudly proclaims a ton of neighborhoods as gay-friendly, including the queer epicenter along Manchester Avenue in the Grove, site of leather bars, the LGBT center, and the trendy Just John (JustJohnClub.com) bar; Tennessee WilliamsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s old haunt, the Central West End, with its architectural sights, hotels, and galleries; the South Grand hood, site of PrideFest and MoKaBeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (MoKaBes.com) coffeehouse; Soulard and Cherokee Street, home to ClementineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, St. LouisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oldest gay bar, founded in 1978; and the stately Lafayette Square, for wine bars and B&Bs.
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