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LBGT entertainment options earn Atlanta ‘gayest city’ title!


A rainbow flag moves down Peachtree Street in Atlanta during the 2007 Pride Parade. The Advocate recently named Atlanta the Gayest City in America, mostly, it seems because of how much fun we have. AJC file photo

Well, well, well, Atlanta, not to boast, but once again, our reputation for fun has put us atop  a random list by an out-of-town publication using arbitrary rankings. We win!

This time, it’s The Advocate — yep, the AJC and others reported this already, but I’ve been busy — and it says we’re the gayest city. Rounding out the top 5: Burlington, Vt., Iowa City, Bloomington, Ind. and Madison, Wis. The Advocate explains that their list covers ” a slew of secondary cities are becoming gay epicenters,” all the places where gay people moved after taking over San Francisco, South Beach and entire sections of New York.

Based on numbers of gay bars, elected officials and Netflix queues, among other stats, Atlanta is, indeed, “much more pink than you might think.”

The specifics they saw fit to mention mostly seem to have to do with the options for fun around town.

So says the magazine:

Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state, but Atlanta is undoubtedly our gayest city—with 29 gay bars here, there’s a reason it’s dubbed Hotlanta. Atlanta’s several queer events include one of the nation’s largest Prides in October (returning to Piedmont Park this year), and MondoHomo, a May event celebrating art, drag, burlesque, film, and BBQ. The gay epicenter is Midtown, anchored by Outwrite Books, a giant gay bookstore bucking the national trend—by staying in business!

What do you think, Atlanta? Can you have more fun on the LBGT scene here than other places in the United States? What are your favorite events and venues? Share in the comments!

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7 comments Add your comment

Lou Love!!!

February 16th, 2010
8:45 am

The “corner of Gay and Lesbian!” I love it!!! I moved to Atlanta 5 years ago, not far from the Midtown area. I love it here, it IS exciting to see all of the same sex couples walking and enjoying life. Thanks Atlanta…thanks Midtown….


February 15th, 2010
10:18 pm

You mean the corner of “B*tch and Queen?” :)


February 15th, 2010
4:38 pm

Chuck, Party at my place at 12th and piedmont. Love Midtown

Ms Gigi

February 15th, 2010
1:43 pm

Chuck, baby, you and I are neighbors! Such a great place, isn’t it? We tend to call it the “corner of Gay and Drag”, though.


January 25th, 2010
9:36 am

Everyone always talks about that there’s a large population of men in Atlanta are who are Gay, but what they don’t talk about is that Atlanta also has a very large diverse Lesbian population. I think people need to be fair when they report the so called ratios.

Jamie Gumbrecht

January 22nd, 2010
6:21 pm

“The corner of Gay and Lesbian.” Hahahaha. Nice.


January 22nd, 2010
2:12 pm

Great news for me! I moved here in November to escape the homophobia of the Caribbean, and I see more same-sex couples walking in public holding hands, than I ever did living in San Fransisco or Los Angeles. I rented an apartment over the internet, and am thrilled to find out (as a new friend put it) that I live at the “corner of Gay and Lesbian!” – at 10th and Piedmont! This is great for my soul. It has been a long time since I felt so comfortable in my skin. Thank you, Midtown ATL!