'Hunky Young Pols' like Paul Ryan, Aaron Schock Help D.C. Win 'Gayest' City Title
Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The
Washington has a new title: "Gayest City In America."
The Advocate, a national gay magazine, put the nation's capital at the top of its list, reasoning that it has more gay elected officials, "gay-friendly neighborhoods" and "hunky young" politicians like Reps. Paul Ryan and Aaron Schock to look at.
"It's not all piano bars, gender-specific music festivals, and giant disco houses (although we all love some of those things) that make these cities the gayest in America," said the Advocate, a long- established media outlet.
"Wouldn't every city be better if it were just a bit gayer?" the magazine added.
Nearby Arlington, Va., came in 10th.
To make the list, the magazine expanded it's criteria to include politics and social life. For example, a gay elected official gave a city a point, as did holding a gay rodeo, having a gay bar or a women's college.
On Washington, the magazine said:
In many respects, D.C. is still part of the South. But this city has a whopping 17 gay elected officials, perhaps a result of its unique status as a federal district, free from the grip of a state government. Gay-friendly neighborhoods include P Street and 17th Street in the Dupont Circle area, and Logan Circle to the east. The capital's nightlife includes the Duplex Diner and its hot bartenders (DuplexDiner. …