, America's oldest and most respected gay publication, doesn't want to hurt South Beach's feelings. No, the poor place has been through enough in the past few months. What withACLU lawsuits
, hate crimes, and meddlesome
reporters chronicling itsdecline
as a gay Mecca. But this has to sting a little:
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In its February issue, the magazine compiles a list of the country's top 15 "gayest cities" using the following data: Same-sex couple households per capita, statewide marriage equality, gay elected officials, gay dating sites, and gay cultural offerings. Editors, who admitted the list was --at least a little bit -- arbitrary, chose only two cities in Florida: Gainesville and Fort Lauderdale. To top it off, in describing our neighbors up north, the writer dissed Miami twice. Consider a blurb about Gainesville:
"Queer college kids mix well with aging gays here...Gainesville is a surprisingly hospitable area for gay and lesbian Floridians who have no desire to work for Disney or deal with all that Miami nonsense."
And as far as Fort Lauderdale:
"Fort Lauderdale exorcised the college partiers and MTV's Spring Break and transformed itself into a place for gays to vacation, indulge (there are more than 25 bars and clubs in the area), settle down, or escape South Beach."