Gradually, there appears to be that the United States is moving towards tolerance of diversity. LGBT groups receive samples of it in the recognition of certain rights, the decline of homophobia in some communities, not all, and administrative and social equality. But what American cities they are more “gay friendly”? Is there a higher percentage of homosexual population which? Where seem to feel more welcomed lesbian and gay people?
They are known as cities with an important core homosexual San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and, of course, New York. But there are other capitals that seem also appear among the most comfortable for that sector of the population, according to various surveys and research conducted by prestigious magazines or specialized institutions in the LGBT world.
For example, the magazine The Advocate, which deals with various topics of interest to LGBT, published a curious list of cities, in 2012. To produce this ranking, criteria such as how many were openly gay politicians or services, shops were considered and recreation for LGBT that were available, or how many same-sex couples lived the population in question, according to the census, among other aspects not ceased to raise some controversy. The first 15 chosen were multifarious populations among all states, such as Denver (Colorado), Austin (Texas), Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington), Long Beach (California), Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor (Michigan) are, Salt Lake City (Utah), Atlanta (Georgia), Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Florida), Little Rock (Arkansas), Cambridge (Massachusetts), St. Paul and Minneapolis (Minnesota) and Knoxville (Tennessee).
cities like Cleveland (Ohio), Saint Louis (Missouri), Vancouver (Washington), Oaklan (California) and, of course, Miami (Florida) are also counted.
Other rankings posted what appear to be the favorite cities of certain LGBT cores, the percentage of population that is recognized in one or another group. According to a list published by the online City Data page. com, the city where as many lesbians live is Northampton, Massachusetts, with approximately 2.7% of its population declaring openly lesbian. Not surprisingly, it seems, the city boasts the nickname “Lesbianville”.
It follows that percentage 1.9% recorded in the much smaller city of Decatur (Georgia), and third place is occupied by the population of Russian-Coastal River, California. This list continues until a total of 101 cities, most of them relatively small.
However, other studies say that there are significant percentages of lesbian residents in cities like Portland, Atlanta and, of course, New York and San Francisco.
California seems to be the state that most people with high number of lesbians holds. Followed by the state of Florida, with the wonderful and legendary “gay friendly” Miami head.
If we talk about core homosexual and transgender population, we can not ignore the well-earned reputation of some neighborhoods of large capital, which was won by the protection and recreational and social space offered to LGBT people who, little by little, they focused on them.
Castro Street in San Francisco, is the example of gay neighborhood. Since the 60s of last century, Castro (The Castro) extends from Market Street to Eureka Street, through Mission District, Noe Valley, Twin Peaks and Haight-Ashbury. In its popular avenues are all kinds of commerce, local and specialized hotels in the LGBT world.
Remarkable in Castro Street is the historic building that belonged to the politician and businessman Harvey Milk, legendary activist for the rights of homosexuals, and known as the Triangle Rosa (Pink Triangle Park) Park, erected in memory of the persecuted homosexuals and exterminated during the Holocaust of Nazi Germany.
And in New York, Greenwich Village is the gay neighborhood better known worldwide. It built as a residential area for the most privileged classes in Manhattan, in 1780, it resulted in cheap apartments, usually occupied by working families and immigrants, in the first decades of the last century. His fame multifaceted, diverse and welcoming neighborhood, attracted numerous personalities from the arts and bohemian. During the 70s and 80s, his popularity increased, making him one of the areas of the vast New York’s most visited and claimed as habitual residence. Currently, he is famous worldwide for its large LGBT community of all nationalities.