Grand Rapids ranks No. 10 on ‘Gayest Cities’ list

The city of Grand Rapids is ranked 10th in a new list of the "Gayest Cities in America,' compiled by a national gay and lesbian newsmagazine. The Advocate released its third annual list of "gayest" cities on Monday. Ann Arbor was sixth on the list, which was topped by Salt Lake City.
Jan 10, 2012


The magazine based the list on nine criteria: the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) elected city officials; whether the city has a WNBA team; whether the city sent a competitor to the International Mr. Leather competition; whether it has a chapter of the Imperial Court, an LGBT group; the number of teams that competed in the Gay Softball World Series; the number of LGBT bookstores; whether the city has a nude yoga class; whether the city has protections prohibiting discrimination against people who are transgender; and concerts by the music groups Gossip, the Cliks and the Veronicas.

The magazine applied the criteria based on what editors called “per capita queerness.”

Grand Rapids placed 10th because of its LGBT bookstores, transgender protections and trendy concerts. The Advocate also cited available activities at Grand Rapids bars and nightclubs.

“I’m not surprised,” said Rick Norton, a Grand Rapids man married to his male partner for 23 years. “I believe Grand Rapids has grown up immensely.”

The magazine’s “Gayest Cities in America” are:

1. Salt Lake City
2. Orlando
3. Cambridge, Mass.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
5. Seattle
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
8. Knoxville, Tenn.
9. Atlanta
10. Grand Rapids
11. Little Rock, Ark.
12. Portland, Ore.
13. Austin, Tex.
14. Long Beach, Calif.
15. Denver



I always new the west side of the state was "joyous and lively" "merry" side to live in. Websters definition. Since when did the word gay just become so negative or only one meaning??

Fly on the Wall

I went to "Festival" and it was pretty gay.


Its great to hear that our little part of the world is becoming more accepting of diversity.
Such a lovely area should be shared and enjoyed by all.
P.S. To Pike84: I didn't think that the more recent definition of gay had a "negative" meaning.


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