Chicago NOT one of the gayest cities

The Daily Beast has just revealed their list of the Top 20 Gayest Cities in America and Chicago is NO WHERE to be found!

WTF?  We've got Boystown, The Pylons, The Center on Halsted and even Hollywood Beach but we're not even close to the top 20 gayest cities in America.
Demographer Gary Gates created the 'Gay/Lesbian Index Value' to determine the proportion of same-sex couples among all households of a given metro area.
The Daily Beast says: The idea that most gay people live in urban enclaves like the Castro in San Francisco or Chelsea in New York City is something of a myth, Gates notes. "Gay people live everywhere," says Gates, "in cities, suburbs, and even in the country--one in seven same-sex couples live in rural areas." The 2000 Census found same-sex couples living in 99 percent of U.S. counties.
Ithaca, NY is gayer than Chicago......Columbus, OH is gayer than Chicago.....Dllas freakin TX is gayer than Chicago?  Come on boys and girls, you've got to get out there and gay it up with your boyfriend or girlfriend!
Click through for the official Gayest Cities in America - and weep because you don't live there.

Some of the cities on this list surprise me, but here we go:

1.  San Francisco, CA
2.  Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
3.  Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME
4.  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA
5.  Seattle, WA
6.  Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA
7.  Austin, TX
8.  Portland, OR
9.  San Diego, CA
10. Springfield, MA
11. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
12. Eugene, OR
13. Denver-Aurora, CO
14. Ithaca, NY
15. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
16. Columbus, OH
17. Ann Arbor, MI
18. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
19. Dallas, TX
20. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL


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  • I'm from SF and lived in Austin for a few years before moving to Chicago and I can say they're without a doubt way gayer than here.

  • What makes a city more "gayer"? If it's based on the overall positive way gays accept and treat one another despite their ethnic, cultural, and physical differences, then maybe we aren't as "gayer" as we should be.

  • In reply to Gerec:

    I think this guy only used demographics and whether there were couples, he didn't use information to count "single" people so it is probably off by a lot.

    BUT, I like the way you think and if it were based on those criteria I don't think we'd qualify either.

  • In reply to Gerec:

    Having grown up in Ohio, and attended Columbus's Pride festivities several times, I can say Columbus is very gay. It's just not overtly visible gayness like here. We may have a fairly visible concentration of queer culture here, but when taken into account with the larger population, we make up less of a percentage of the total Chicago population compared to other cities.

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