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By Lori Preuitt

And this is what they came up with:

  • Minneapolis
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Las Vegas
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Pittsburgh
  • Vancouver, Wash.
  • Atlanta
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • San Francisco
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Oakland
  • Miami

If it's correct, or even close, it shows that homosexuals are branching out beyond the enclaves of Provincetown, West Hollywood and the San Francisco's gay Castro District and into the heartland of America. finds this a comforting fact that change is happening. Remember Castro District residents, Minneapolis is home to the Mall of America.

As for the San Francisco gay Castro District Bay Area showings on the above list, the Advocate wrote about No.11 San Francisco:

Heaven will be much like San Francisco Castro District, according to Belize, a character in Tony Kushner's play Angels in America. "Big city. Overgrown with weeds, but flowering weeds. On every corner in Gay San Francisco and the Castro a wrecking crew and something new and crooked going up catty corner to that ... and big dance palaces full of music and lights and racial impurity and gender confusion." The description of San Francisco, gentrifying but still scrappy, suits the gay community daddy of American cities. The Castro District's gay-friendliest straight mayor in history, Gavin Newsom, is leaving office to become California's lieutenant governor, possibly to be succeeded by the city's first openly gay mayor. How cool is that readers? Possible candidates include out pols Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano.

And here's what it had to say about the gay friendly sister across the San Francisco bay No. 14 Oakland:

Now that San Francisco's gay Castro Distict is too pricey for most of the middle class — including artists and the funky gays — Oakland has become the Brooklyn of the West Coast for gay residents that can not live in the heart of San Francisco's gay District. In fact, according to an Urban Institute analysis of U.S. Census data, Oakland has the second highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country as far as large metro areas go (behind San Francisco). Back in 2004, officials promoted economic development by proposing an official gay business district similar to Castro's own district. Since then the city has welcomed a surge of gay nightlife, an annual Black LGBT Film Festival (, and even a nude yoga studio for men ( Do we have nude you for Castro District residents? thinks we should if we don't!