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The Advocate puts D.C. at the top of gayest cities list

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Less than two months after The New York Times did it, The Advocate on Monday also named Washington, D.C. the gayest city in America.

D.C. topped a list of 15 cities based on a criteria that The Advocate describes as being "designed to uncover the hidden factors that give a city its queer cred." Points were given for LGBT elected officials, for the percentage of the population comprised by lesbian-coupled households, for having a gay rodeo association, for bars listed in Out magazine’s 200 Best Bars list, for women’s colleges, and for concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga, or the Jonas Brothers.

Here is The Advocate's top 15 cities:

  1. Washington
  2. Pasadena, Calif.
  3. Seattle
  4. Cambridge, Mass.
  5. Atlanta
  6. St. Louis
  7. Madison, Wis.
  8. Salt Lake City
  9. Oakland, Calif.
  10. Arlington, Va.
  11. San Francisco
  12. Rochester, N.Y.
  13. Orlando, Fla.
  14. Long Beach, Calif.
  15. Pittsburgh

Destination DC, the tourism bureau for Washington, D.C., promotes the city as "one of the most diverse—and welcoming—cities in the world. At once an international crossroads and an all-American hometown, Washington, DC is home to people and preferences from every color of the rainbow."

Additional information on Washington, D.C., is available at



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