Minneapolis-St. Paul is still one of the gayest metros in America – No. 9 – but the Twin Cities have slipped in the rankings by the Advocate magazine from No. 7 last year.
The magazine ranks cities on a variety of factors – but hardly scientific ones – including the number of LGBT elected officials, bisexual resource groups, marriage equality – but also the presence of gay rugby, roller derby and Pottery Barns.
The magazine further explains: "Being a great LGBT city doesn’t just mean having a raucous nightlife, so if you expected to see Hell’s Kitchen or the Castro, you’re reading the wrong list."
Here's what the magazine says about Minneapolis-St. Paul:
"The formerly 'just roommates' cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are now fully domestic partners and have become a Midwestern gay mecca, and it’s not just because of pro-LGBT senator Al Franken. It might have something to do with early antidiscrimination ordinances, a no-nonsense attitude, the hunky Mayhem rugby team (MayhemRFC.com) and the Town House Bar (TownHouseBar.com), popular with the ladies. (Don’t even try to resist the Mall of America — you’ll need a car to get there and lots of trunk space to haul your wares home.)"
Here's the full list:
15. St. Louis
13. Colorado Springs
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
6. Salt Lake City
4. Washington, D.C.
2. Springfield, Mass.