LOS ANGELES, Ca. — The Advocate, the world’s leading LGBT news source, unveiled its 7th annual “Queerest Cities in America” list, today, giving St. Louis the #4 ranking. 

While locales such as New York and West Hollywood are widely known to be LGBT-friendly, this list spotlights some unexpected cities not afraid to fly their LGBT-friendly flags.advocatequeercities

"There are only a few true LGBT megalopolises in America—and that's often by virtue of their sheer size,” says Matthew Breen, editor-in-chief of The Advocate. “What’s more fun, and more illuminating, is to look at the queer quotient of some less-expected locales, using criteria that don’t focus on more expected factors. The results are always unanticipated, and this year’s list delivers some absolutely surprising cities. We love sparking conversation in those places about what makes a city LGBT-friendly—and whether that city's spot on the list is honestly earned.”

Using its own unique and irreverent criteria, The Advocate found a surprisingly diverse group of cities. While the criteria does include important elements such as non-discrimination protections and LGBT sites on the National Register, it also includes more light-hearted factors such as LGBT film festivals and tours of Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepson, and Madonna that have passed through the city. The full list of criteria can be found at Advocate.com.

The raw score is then divided by the population to provide a ranking based on a per capita LGBT quotient.

The 2016 “Queerest Cities in America” are:

15. Berkeley, CA
14. Manchester, NH
13. Waterbury, CT
12. Eugene, OR
11. Rochester, NY
10. Boulder, CO
9. Edison, NJ
8. Salt Lake City, UT
7. San Francisco, CA
6. Washington, D.C.
5. New Haven, CT
4. St. Louis, MO
3. Cambridge, MA
2. Inglewood, CA




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