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The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 4. Buffalo

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Buffalo winters are loooong, but that’s why there are places like the… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 6. Atlanta

Atlanta

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: The star of the South is really becoming one of the country’s… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 8. Pittsburgh

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: No, Pittsburgh is not like it’s depicted in Showtime’s 2000s series Queer… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 9. St. Paul, Minn.

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Minneapolis and St. Paul are some hip twins, huh? The former is… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 10. Irvine, Calif.

Irvine

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: An Orange County, Calif., city in the top 10? As mentioned previously,… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 11. St. Louis

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Many people discount St. Louis, well, since it’s kinda in the middle… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 14. Henderson, Nevada

Henderson, Nevada

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: You might be surprised to discover Henderson is Nevada’s second-largest city, after… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – #16 Miami

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Over the years, Miami has had its ebbs and flows (remember the… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 17. San Francisco

San Francisco

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Exorbitant housing prices and a sinking high-rise couldn’t knock San Francisco from… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 19. Tampa, Florida

Tampa

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Florida’s burgeoning west coast is anchored by Tampa, one of the state’s… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 21. Plano, Texas

Plano, Texas

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: This job-rich (and church-rich) north Texas city is no San Francisco, but… Read more »

13th Queerest City in America 2016: Waterbury, Connecticut

Connecticut’s nondiscrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in adoption have put the state on the map as one of the queerest places in the country. Waterbury, about an hour and a half north of New York City (with connection via Metro-North Rail), serves as a creative hub, thanks to the 1920s Palace Theater… Read more »

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Tim Miguel, Sacramento, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. As your local expert in marketing, negotiations and transaction management I’d be your best advocate buying or selling your home. Discover a lively, walkable downtown, packed with cool shops… Read more »

Mortgage Monday: How to Speed Up the Mortgage Process

Mortgage Monday: Do you want to speed up the mortgage process? Do you want to speed up your mortgage process? The length of your mortgage process depends on the loan type, the property and several other considerations. Furthermore, consumers looking to make their mortgage move faster must have patience and preparation because you are at… Read more »

The Advocate’s 2nd Gayest City for 2014: Pasadena, California

This beautiful but sleepy adjunct to Los Angeles, a kind of bedroom community for gays who like to garden, gets its high ranking primarily from having two gay elected city officials for its relatively small population, and a fractional boost from California’s many statewide elected LGBTs. Nevertheless, Pasadena’s got lots to offer: two gay bars,… Read more »

The Advocate’s 4th Gayest City for 2014: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Though the city is the little sibling to much bigger Boston, Cambridge’s own queer cred is substantial: The city council enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997, and one of the council’s current members, E. Denise Simmons, was the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor. Disco dance hall ZuZu (Zuzubar.com) has tons of club nights,… Read more »

The Advocate’s 6th Gayest City for 2014: St. Louis, Missouri

The city’s three gay elected officials, gay rodeo association, and gay-friendly concert lineup confirm to us what many already knew about St. Louis: It’s the open-minded heart of the Midwest. Before the leather bars and LGBT center opened along Manchester Avenue, before there was the RiverFront Times-voted Best Lesbian Bar Attitudes Bar & Grill (4100… Read more »

The Advocate’s 7th Gayest City for 2014: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is outdoorsy, educated, friendly, and progressive. Larger cities Milwaukee and Chicago are within driving distance, but even so, the city’s got its own day — and nightlife. Locals imbibe at slick video bar Plan B (PlanBMadison.com; Thursdays are 18 and over); the bear-leather-sports bar Woof’s (WoofsMadison.com): the big disco FIVE (FiveNightclubMadison.com); the relaxing Captain… Read more »

The Advocate’s 9th Gayest City for 2014: Oakland, California

No city in the United States can beat Oakland for its percentage of lesbian couple households. And though nearby San Fran is the granddaddy of urban gay meccas, the much more affordable nearby Oakland is at least as diverse: UC Berkeley students, middle-class families, and integrated neighborhoods characterize the city. Many bars and clubs attract… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City for 2014: Arlington, Virginia

Sitting right next to D.C., Arlington has three LGBT elected officials and a gay rodeo association. But more than that, this city has the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance, offering social activities and community service, and popular gay bar and brunch spot Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (FreddiesBeachBar.com) and gay-popular divey beer bar Galaxy Hut… Read more »

The Advocate’s 11th Gayest City for 2014: San Francisco, California

Calm down, San Francisco. Everyone knows you’re still the gayest thing going. The beautiful, panoramic City by the Bay is home to both well-heeled queers and a vibrant counterculture (witness the uproar over the recently announced ban on public nudity). LGBT life here is not limited to the Castro neighborhood, though that’s a tourist draw… Read more »

The Advocate’s 14th Gayest City for 2014: Long Beach, California

Good California cuisine, a bunch of gay bars and restaurants, marine life at the Aquarium, beaches, one of the country’s biggest Pride events, and a relaxed atmosphere all conspire to make Long Beach a surprisingly gay city. Check out the lumberjack-chic atmosphere of the Mineshaft (1720 E. Broadway, 562-436-2433) and the civic-minded Paradise Piano Bar… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City for 2014: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From Apple Maps[/caption]Pittsburgh’s women’s colleges, Chatham University and Carlow University, give the city a two-point boost, but it’s got queer history too: Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, and Willa Cather all called this place home. The arts scene is flourishing, with the Warhol Museum (Warhol.org), the Mattress Factory contemporary art museum (Mattress.org), and a vigorous theater… Read more »

The Advocate’s Gayest City: Salt Lake City, Utah

While those unfamiliar with the Beehive State are likely to conjure images of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, far-less-oppressive-than-it-used-to-be Salt Lake City has earned its queer cred. There are more than a half-dozen hot spots for men and women, including the eco-friendly nightclub Jam (JamSLC.com), though the sustainable bamboo flooring is perhaps less of a draw… Read more »

The Advocate’s 2nd Gayest City: Orlando, Florida

Besides hosting Gay Days at Disney World, where 50,000 LGBT folks and their kids dressed in red T-shirts invade the theme park the first Saturday in June (and spend $100 million in town), Orlando has more gay softball teams than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at. And residents just got domestic-partnership protections. For non-Mickeyphiles,… Read more »

The Advocate’s 3rd Gayest City: Cambridge, Massachusetts

The home of Harvard University likes a smarty-pants, including the nation’s first African-American lesbian mayor, E. Denise Simmons. Though her reign ended in 2009, she is currently in her sixth term on the City Council, which enacted antidiscrimination protections for transgender people in 1997. The town’s Paradise bar (ParadiseCambridge.com) is billed as New England’s only… Read more »

The Advocate’s 8th Gayest City: Knoxville, Tennessee

The state’s legislature has been an unmitigated disaster for our rights, making a law to prevent cities from adopting LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinances (although, happily, the ridiculous “don’t say ‘gay’” bill is dead for now). Nevertheless, Knoxville has defiantly produced a robust gay scene, including the University of Tennessee’s Commission for LGBT People; a welcoming spot… Read more »

The Advocate’s 9th Gayest City: Atlanta, Georgia

We won’t fault you for trying to forget Real Housewife Kim Zolciak’s dip into the lesbian pool — but don’t blame Atlanta if everyone there wants to sample the fun LGBTs have all over town. Lesbian businesses thrive in East Atlanta, and gay clubs go off in Mechanicsville. People coming to Atlanta like to party,… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City: Grand Rapids, Michigan

The River Market District is the main gay area, and many businesses that don’t advertise as specifically LGBT are friendly and open. The compact city has Backstreet (1021 Jessie Rd.) and U.B.U. (TheAquarium.bizland.com) for the over-18 crowd, and those of legal drinking age can check out SixTen Center Street Bar, TraX, Miss Kitty’s/Saloon (all three… Read more »

The Advocate’s 11th Gayest City: Little Rock, Arkansas

The River Market District is the main gay area, and many businesses that don’t advertise as specifically LGBT are friendly and open. The compact city has Backstreet (1021 Jessie Rd.) and U.B.U. (TheAquarium.bizland.com) for the over-18 crowd, and those of legal drinking age can check out SixTen Center Street Bar, TraX, Miss Kitty’s/Saloon (all three… Read more »

The Advocate’s 12th Gayest City: Portland, Oregon

Bisexual Sleater-Kinney alum Carrie Brownstein has fun on Portlandia (“Put a bird on it!”) playing with the rep of the city’s hipster, hyper-locavore, hyper-literate, boycott-ready, feminist, fleece-clad denizens. But there’s other fun to be had here too. Visit the arty Pearl and Alberta districts; stay at the Ace Hotel; read at the country’s largest indie… Read more »

The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City: Austin, Texas

No amount of backwoodsiness from previous and current statehouse residents George W. Bush or Rick Perry can taint the cosmopolitan, countercultural, and friendly nature of this capital city. Bands, barhopping, and barbecue feature prominently here, for queers and others. The lesbian-owned Hotel San Jose (SanJoseHotel.com) is a minimalist oasis; no fewer than 16 bars offer… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City: Denver, Colorado

Denver is simultaneously outdoorsy and a rapidly growing metropolis, and its attitude is exceptionally laid-back and gay-friendly. (Screw the antigay zealots in nearby Colorado Springs.) A day spent skiing, fishing, hunting, or camping with the fit locals can lead to an evening dining, clubbing, or camping of another sort. Much of the sporting and social… Read more »

The Advocate’s 4th Gayest City in America: Orlando, Florida

Everyone knows that many Disney employees are friends of Dorothy. But now Orlando itself is coming out as a hot spot for gay and lesbian life and a hotbed of progressive attitudes. Last November, when Orange County leaders voted 6-1 to add sexual orientation protections to the private-sector antidiscrimination law, not a single resident or… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City in America: St. Louis

This is the open-minded heart of the Midwest. Anheuser-Busch just made a cash donation to the gay-and-lesbian-centric Gateway Business Guild, and St. Louis artist and gallery owner Philip Hitchcock was named as Mr. Midwest Leather 2010. But it was last October’s First Annual Trans Family Picnic, put on by local advocacy group TransHaven (TransHaven.org) in… Read more »

The Advocate’s 13th Gayest City in America: Denver

With its new Gay and Lesbian Center (GLBTColorado.org), its gay state senator, Pat Steadman, and its newly appointed gay supreme court justice, Monica Marquez, Denver exemplifies that equality is inevitable – and hard fought. It’s just been 19 years since Colorado voters approved the antigay Amendment 2 (ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City in America: Miami

Miami has finally graduated from party town to something more sophisticated. Over the past 10 years, the city has zipped itself up, with Art Basel lending an air of international sophistication. The Design District has given the city its own promenade of chic stores and restaurants, and style boutiques like the Webster (TheWebsterMiami.com) and Alchemist… Read more »