There's never a good time to break bad news and sometimes it's best to just come out and say it. The Advocate ranks San Francisco 11th gayest city in America.
San Francisco isn't the type of city that shies away from heated discourse and healthy debate. However, there are a few undeniable traits that sublimely characterize this city that aren't worth arguing over, and being the most gay-friendly U.S. city is one of them. And so it came as quite the shock to us when The Advocate, of all publications, decided to rank us 11th in their recent study of the gayest cities in America.
Unfortunately, we didn't meet the magazine's requirements top top the list -- or even make it into the top 10. The Advocate ranked each city's gayness by awarding points for every elected LGBT official, percentage of lesbian-coupled households, and number of gay rodeos, gay bars, women's colleges and concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga or the Jonas Brothers.
San Francisco was found wanting in these areas, and placed behind the likes of St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Atlanta and top choice, Washington D.C. Our neighbors in Oakland even cracked the top 10 at number nine.
Cities like Madison, WI and Arlington, VA made the top 10 because they represent a clear sign that in fact the times are a changing -- for the better. For instance, Cambridge, MA at number four is recognized for electing the first black lesbian mayor, E. Denise Simmons, while Pasadena is acknowledged at number two for its high number of LGBT churches. And, well, Arlington has an impressive gay rodeo association. There's no denying the gays' affinity for leather chaps. Can we get a loud yee-haw?
Let's face it, San Francisco paved the way for many cities on the top 10 list (and those following closely behind). We will always be the first city in the U.S. that embraced the gay community openly.
So we'll gladly accept 11th place in recognition of our city's invaluable contributions to gay rights while humbly aware that the top 10 wouldn't be this esteemed without us. Keep in mind that 11 is just the number one with an added figure. Yee-haw.