Atlanta tops list of America's gayest cities (again)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Atlanta, Georgia's state capital and the Southeastern United States' most important transportation hub, is one of the top five "gayest cities in America," according to The Advocate's annual list, released earlier this week.

Some context: the magazine's list is compromised of ever-changing criteria. This year, it rewarded cities for "the hidden factors that give a city its queer cred." Also: "points for a city’s LGBT elected officials ... a point for a gay rodeo association ... and points for concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga, or the Jonas Brothers."

Atlanta, at No. 5, "has long been the epicenter of the gay South, which is why it consistently makes this list, regardless of how the criteria change." The city topped The Advocate's list as recently as 2010.

The magazine's criteria is famously idiosyncratic -- Pasadena, Calif., was ranked No. 2, ahead of San Francisco and Seattle, among others. But credit its prescience at least this: Atlanta did earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's 2013 Municipal Equality Index.

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