The Advocate released their 2013 “Gayest Cities in America” today. The annual listing has plenty of fans and its fair share of critics, especially considering the publications sometimes humorous and self-admittedly “totally subjective and constantly changing” criteria.
- No city in the Carolinas made the list this year, though Asheville came in at number 12 in 2010. Asheville is the only Carolinas city ever featured in The Advocate’s listing since in the past four years.
- St. Louis, with which Charlotte competed for hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention, placed at 15. The city was at number 10 in 2011.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, which also competed for the Democratic Convention, came in at 10. The city has made several past lists.
- Atlanta placed at number 9 this year, where it also placed in 2012. Atlanta placed first in 2010 and seventh in 2011.
- Washington, D.C., placed fourth this year. It came in eighth in 2011 and 16th in 2012.
- Atlanta was the only southern city (unless you’re one of those who counts D.C. as “southern”) in the 2013 list. Other southern cities have been listed in the past, including Knoxville, Tenn., which scored eighth in 2012. Richmond received honorable mention this year, placing 19th.¬†Fort Lauderdale also received honorable mention, placing 24th.Other past southern cities listed by The Advocate include New Orleans, Gainesville, Orlando, Miami, Little Rock and Austin, among others.
This year’s criteria included some serious notes, like the number of LGBT elected officials, number of businesses with a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, transgender-inclusive protections and marriage equality. The less serious and maybe humorous criteria: the number of concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma and the cast of “Glee,” presence of Whole Foods, West Elm or Pottery Barn stores, gay rugby groups and roller derby.
And, what if Charlotte had been scored? Our scores in red for each criteria below:
LGBT elected officials — 1, Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield
According to Victory Fund;
1 point for each federal, state, and local official in office or elected in 2012
HRC Corporate Equality Index 100s — 1, Bank of America
1 point for each company located in a city
Concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma, and cast of Glee — At least 3: 1 Scissor Sisters, 1 Uh Huh Her, 1 Girl in a Coma¬†
1 point for each stop since 2009
Fabulous shopping — 3, one each
1 point each if a city has Whole Foods, West Elm, or Pottery Barn stores
Transgender protections — 1, City of Charlotte
1 point for every jurisdiction with laws prohibiting discrimination, according to National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Gay rugby — 1
1 point for each team
Bisexual resource groups — 0
1 point per organization, according to BiNetUSA
Roller Derby — 2
1 point for each league
Marriage equality — 0