Is Salt Lake City Really That Gay?

Published Date Author: , January 13th, 2012

Gay Salt Lake CityWe’re pretty danged gay, according to venerable LGBT news and entertainment magazine The Advocate. A recent article in The Advocate’s travel section ranks Salt Lake City at No. 1 among the “gayest” cities in the U.S. And, needless to say, we are all of us duly flattered.

Undoubtedly, the convention & visitors bureau must be eager to start printing up “Most Fabulous Snow on Earth!” bumper stickers.

We were somehow ranked well ahead of such gay-magnet communities as Atlanta and Seattle based on criteria the author Matthew Breed admits are “decidedly subjective.” SLC received scores for our nude yoga classes, softball teams, International Mr. Leather semifinalists and certain music events. These were tallied up and the resulting score divided by the city’s population.

In fact, SLC’s gay quotient may have been underestimated: As Rosemary Winters pointed out in The Trib, the existence of Councilman Stan Penfold (in America, politicians are never just gay, but “openly gay” — in other words, he isn’t only merely gay, but really quite sincerely gay), as well as a city ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, should have earned us extra points.

Full Story from City Weekly

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