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Survey: Twin Cities LGBT population one of lowest among US metro areas

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The Twin Cities has come to be known as a hub for the LGBT community in recent years, but a new Gallup poll suggests there's actually not much of a "community" to speak of.

Released today, the survey asked respondents in 50 U.S. metropolitan areas whether they identified as "lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," and found the Twin Cities near the bottom of the list – 38th place, to be exact.

That means just 3.6 percent of the metro's adult population identifies as LGBT, the same as the national average.

That could be considered a bit of a surprise, considering the Advocate – a leading LGBT-oriented publication – declared Minneapolis the "gayest city in America" in 2011, citing its openness to the gay community and progressive attitude toward LGBT issues.

Additionally, that same publication counted Minneapolis-St. Paul among the top 10 gayest cities two years later.

In 2014 however, the Twin Cities fell off the list.

Gallup researchers don't generally get into explanations, but do point out a surprising shift elsewhere in the country: Salt Lake City, which the poll service notes is known for its conservative atmosphere, ranked seventh in the survey.

According to the Gallup site, it might have something to do with the state's recent passage of a law prohibiting workplace discrimination that's based on sexual orientation or identity.

San Francisco came in at number one, while the Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama area ranked last.

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