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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Atlanta is 'gayest city in America,' says Advocate

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Maybe we should change our official theme song from Dallas Austin's "The ATL" to "It's Raining Men."

Yes, Atlanta has been named the "gayest city in America" by The Advocate, which knows from gay. Here's writer Mike Albo's rationale in calling us out:

Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state, but Atlanta is undoubtedly our gayest city—with 29 gay bars here, there’s a reason it’s dubbed Hotlanta. Atlanta’s several queer events include one of the nation’s largest Prides in October (returning to Piedmont Park this year), and MondoHomo, a May event celebrating art, drag, burlesque, film, and BBQ. The gay epicenter is Midtown, anchored by Outwrite Books, a giant gay bookstore bucking the national trend—by staying in business!

Atlanta guys are hunky, the ladies are gracious, the gay sports leagues are seriously well organized, and its housewives (and their gay BFFs, complete with handbags and heels) are now camp icons. And who doesn’t love the sweet lilt of a Georgia accent on a knockout guy or gal?

OK, that's hard to argue with — especially the part about Georgia not being a gay-friendly state. But what about our competition? San Fran? Miami? Hell-llo?

Apparently, Mr. Albo took the counter-intuitive approach. Otherwise, how could the No. 2 gayest city be … Burlington, VT? Also on the list are such unlikely gay havens as Bloomington, IN; San Diego; and Iowa City — yes, it's somewhere in Iowa.

(Image  borrowed from The Advocate)

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