Advocate names Atlanta 9th ‘gayest’ city in America

Factors in the ranking include elected officials, the annual HRC Corporate Equality Index, concerts by gay-friendly groups Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma and the cast of “Glee,” shopping, transgender protections, gay rugby teams, bisexual resource groups, roller derby and marriage equality.

Thank God for the Atlanta Bucks and the Atlanta Rollergirls.

Here is the magazine’s recap of Atlanta:

Atlanta (pop. 432,437) This star of the South and former gayest city has clothes, clubs, cuties, concerts — and yes, some housewives too. Atlanta also has hot gayborhoods (Ansley Park, East Atlanta, Grant Park, Kirkwood, Midtown, and nearby Decatur for the ladies). It’s no wonder that half of the residents have moved to Hotlanta from somewhere else. Sure, there’s plenty of culture and high art, but don’t miss legendary clubs like My Sister’s Room ( and Swinging Richards (

In 2010, the “city too busy to hate” was ranked as the number one gayest locale in the country. Last year, Atlanta was also ranked as the 9th “gayest city in America” by the news magazine.

Here is the complete list:

15. Saint Louis, Missouri
14. Salem, Oregon
13. Colorado Springs, Colorado
12. Providence, Rhode Island
11. Oakland, California
10. Twin Cities, Minnesota (St. Paul / Minneapolis)
9. Atlanta, Georgia
8. Madison, Wisconsin
7. Eugene, Oregon
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
5. Seattle, Washington
4. Washington, D.C.
3. Spokane, Washington
2. Springfield, Massachusetts
1. Tacoma, Washington