Gallup Survey On LGBT Populations

Gallup reports:

The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as LGBT of any of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas. Variation in the percentage who identify as LGBT across the largest metro areas is relatively narrow, with San Francisco’s percentage just 2.6 percentage points higher than the national average of 3.6%, and the lowest-ranked metro area — Birmingham, Alabama — one point below the national average.

The top 10 includes metro areas from every region of the country except the Midwest. Given the long history of a visible and politically active LGBT community in San Francisco, the city’s ranking at the top of this list is not surprising. Similar to San Francisco, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) like Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles in the West, and Boston in the Northeast, are known for their progressive social and political climates and active LGBT communities. Hartford is the capital of Connecticut, which has permitted same-sex couples to legally marry longer than every state except Massachusetts.

MSAs like Austin and New Orleans in the South, and Denver in the Rocky Mountain region, all have reputations as socially progressive cities within states and regions that are much more conservative, perhaps making them regional hubs for the LGBT population.

Hit the link for the full list.

  • ChrisMorley
    • guest

      Well there is a link, it is just not working. The fact that it is underlined and blue shows it was to be a link.

      Thank you for sharing this!

  • Irish856

    Not buying this survey…
    Many other surveys say the Wash DC is by far the most Gay… Others also list Wilton Manors/Fort Liquordale up there also… neither is on the list at all

    • ChrisMorley

      Washington DC is 25th on gallup’s list of 50 metro areas: 4.0% 14,678 people. http://www.gallup.com/poll/182051/san-francisco-metro-area-ranks-highest-lgbt-percentage.aspx

      • Hip Byroads

        Yes. What people seem to be clamorning for here is a study for the cities themselves, minus metro areas. If Gallup would be able to extract that data from their survey, it might clear up some of the confusion with this.

        Washington DC Metro area, for example, includes not only the suburbs but the hills of western MD, VA, and parts of WVA. Probably a low percentage of people from those parts identify as LGBT. So people in heavily gay DC read this and say, no, that survey can’t be right. And they’re right. Because the proportion of gays in DC is, and has been for decades, much higher than a meager 4%, the percentage given for the metro area.

        • Kendall

          LOL, I disagree with their clustering; West Virginia isn’t part of the DC metro area. Do I know one person who commutes to work from there? Yeah. Does that mean he lives in the DC metro area? Uh…no. By that logic, Baltimore is a suburb of DC….

          • Mark_in_MN

            The clusters they are using are the Metropolitan Statistical Areas that are defined by the Office of Management and the Budget and used by the U. S. Census and other federal agencies.

          • Kendall

            Heh, okay, I think OMB, the Census, etc. are on crack, then. Thanks!

    • chasmader

      Wilton Manors is in the Miami-FLL MSA, so not counted by itself

      • Boitje

        It sure seems awfully gay down here, but maybe that’s because of who visits rather than who lives here.

    • another_steve

      All these “polls” are complete bullshit and are extremely damaging to the LGBT movement. Our leaders should denounce them at every opportunity and LGBT people should refuse to participate in them.

      Everyone in the know knows that these polls offer only a snapshot of a small segment of the community: mostly urban queers who will self-identify as such to a stranger. They do not represent — not even closely — the number of LGBT people in the United States.

      Our enemies look at the distorted numbers and say “See, they’re just a tiny tiny minority. Pay no attention to them.”

      Of course it doesn’t matter, from a civil liberties perspective, whether we’re 3.6% or 12.6% percent of the population — but to the far right monsters (and the millions and millions of others in this country who read only headlines), it makes a BIG difference.

      • Steven Leahy

        Very well put, you outlined it better than I did.

      • GarySFBCN

        I disagree that it is harmful. The percent of Asians in the US is 4.8%. The percent of African Americans in the US is 12.6%.

        The percents listed above for LGBTs, even though they are undercounted, are significant as reported. The top 15 metro areas in the US show a higher percent of LGBTs than Asians in the US.

        That is very significant.

        • Mark_in_MN

          It is significant.

          If one were to extrapolate the metro average of 3.6% to the nation as a whole, it would be like the population of Ohio, the 7th largest state by population.

          At the same time, I do think these numbers may do some harm, not because of the numbers reported (which might be under-represented), but because people don’t have a good sense of scale. They tend to falsely think smallish percentages only reflect a small number of people. That is, people don’t realize that some very visible segments of the population are’t necessarily that high percentage wise, nor do they realize that many states that are seen as having good populations only have a few percent of the US as a whole.

    • Octavio

      Points for “Fort Liquordale”! 🙂

  • GarySFBCN

    I believe that if the survey looked only at cities (and not metro areas), San Francisco would have an even higher percent.

    • Steven Leahy

      Agree, I spent significant time there and am not buying the 6% at ALL.

      • GarySFBCN

        And this debunks the Advocate’s idiotic crowning Dayton Ohio as the “Queerest city in America.”

        http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2015/01/12/queerest-cities-america-2015?page=full

        • Steven Leahy

          Depending on which survey you read, they all come up with different results. I saw one where it was Salt Lake City. Another where it was Seattle. Another, Atlanta. Depends on the day of the week, I guess. I am reluctant to buy any of them. It’s not like race where it’s a lot harder to lie about it.

          • Lars De

            I saw a report not too long ago that said DC had the highest population, but I think they counted all of the closeted politicians also.

          • Steven Leahy

            LOL TRUE.

        • I should really know better

          Advocate intentionally posts that article because the Mormon-born editor of Advocate hates SF and LA and any “gay meccas.” He writes those because they’re click bait. He knows that stories that say “Salt Lake City is the gayest city in America” will get him clicks. Because he’s a twat. Even Advocate knows those stories are bullshit.

        • fiizok

          The Advocate? Is that still a thing?

          • TampaDink

            The Advocate is THE go-to source for papacy worship.

      • guest

        I thought there had been some estimate of lgbt population as being 1 in 10, or 10% of the population. But no city clocks in with that high a number. I think as time goes on, what with more grindr outings and public acceptance in general, the real number might be surprisingly higher than what is currently admitted to.

        • 2patricius2

          I think that is probably quite true. It is still not popular to be identified as gay.

          Interesting, though, that the religious right seems to accept the smallest estimates, but gives us so much power when it comes to blaming LGBT people for all the ills of the world today. Christians are in the overwhelming majority, yet some of them think they are the most persecuted and have the least power.

        • Steven Leahy

          Agree with you on that.

        • Jonty Coppersmith

          Alfred Kinsey was the source of the 10% estimate, and that has long been believed to be an exaggeration. Recent research usually specifies “self-identified” which makes a lot of difference I suspect. Many truly heterosexual people have had homosexual experiences whether as adolescent experimentation, in jail/prison, or as horny, hard-up men who have accepted blowjobs from their gay friend. All of these people would still accurately report that they are straight. Not to mention that there’s usually as small number (1-2 percent) of study participants who refuse to answer the question. The most accurate number of LGBT folks is probably between 2 to 4 percent of the total population. It’s interesting to note that some research projects show that the number of self-identified bisexuals is equal to or even slightly higher than the number of self-identified exclusively gay folks.

          For some reason, many here seem to need to believe that we are much larger in number than this survey suggests. I believe the numbers. Many LGBT folks move from their places of origin to the bigger/biggest cities. Outside these metropolitan areas the number of gay/bi folks is probably quite a bit smaller.

    • Corey

      It is pretty interesting to include the surrounding area, not just the city…

      • Corey

        In part because a number of gay couples (and even some single), with and without kids, decide to move out of the city and stay close by. Interesting to get a more accurate view.

    • bkmn

      Having lived in Minneapolis for years I would agree. There is a substantial LGBT population in the cities and first ring suburbs, but as you go out farther the numbers drop quickly.

    • guest

      “REPORTS” is a link that is not working.

    • Pete

      Right, and I am sure that Washington, DC would also have been way up there. There is hardly a neighborhood in the city without a significant obvious gay presence.

    • Johnson

      If they counted the “Married Men”, Salt Lake City would be hands down the Gayest City in America

  • Steven Leahy

    Another bullshit survey that is really pretty meaningless. Unless we can crawl into people’s heads and know what they’re thinking, there’s no accurate way to determine LGBT populations. Again the results seem statistically insignificant in variance between most of these places, and there is still a HUGE amount of homophobia and stigma in this country that hinders honest answers.

    • GarySFBCN

      Yes, but I believe that these surveys establish baselines.
      If, as you say, homophobia and stigma prevent people from being hones, presumably over time with less homophobia, the numbers should increase.

      • Steven Leahy

        Edited a bit after I re-read your comments: Agree on the homophobia part. But if one thinks Oklahoma City has 56% as many people per 1000 who acknowledge LGBT status as San Francisco, they’re CRAZY – I want some of what they’re drinking,

        Edit again to add: baseline or not, the survey just doesn’t pass the gut check. I have been to most of the places on this list and many of them are night and day with LGBT awareness, acceptance, and visibility.

    • j.martindale

      Yes. Southerners are much less likely to self report as gay because of the stigma attached in those communities.

      • I should really know better

        I think the majority of gay people are still closeted. They have no idea how many gay people there are because there’s no way of knowing. And yeah, when you live in a homophobic cesspool like Alabama, are you going to feel comfortable answering “yes” when a stranger calls you and asks “are you a homosexual?”

        • Ninja0980

          Even if you aren’t closeted, most people still aren’t going to spill their guts over the phone to a stranger.

  • Irish is correct The only way I can see this possibly being correct is if “Miami” is the greater Metro area which includes Broward County or Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors, and if DC is the metro area which includes its suburbs. It is all in what is considered a metropolitan area here. If you lump in suburbs and make smaller cities part of greater metropolitan ones (example — adding akron ohio to cleveland), you are going to water down the impact of specific urban concentrations.

  • Ed Burrow

    hmm…New Orleans, 5.1%? Maybe, maybe not. Does this include Metairie (which is not exactly a village…)?

  • abqdan

    They should have looked at Palm Springs, with 54% of the population self-identifying as gay…

    • djlee

      I think they only included the 50 largest metropolitan areas..

  • Steven Leahy

    The survey was done based on “random telephone interviews”. Were they calling land lines, cell phones? Many people now including myself don’t even have a land line, but that’s more common among younger and more technologically astute whereas older and more traditional people are less likely to use only cell phones. How many people refused to take part, knowing the sensitive nature of the questions? There are still many people who may privately acknowledge being LGBT but if a stranger confronts them with the question on the phone, do we really think we’ll always get honest answers?

    • According to the article Joe linked, the phone survey was conducted 50/50 landline and cell phone with random number dialing.

      • Steven Leahy

        I still think it’s BS

        • Ninja0980

          I do as well.
          I can tell you what the hubby or I would do if we got a call from someone saying they were with Gallup, we’d hang up the phone.
          I imagine that would be the case for many other people as well.

          • Steven Leahy

            EXACTLY. Same here.

    • I should really know better

      and how many closeted gay people would tell a total stranger on the phone asking them? We literally have no idea how many gay people there are because we have to use self-reporting data. And most gay people probably still live in the closet. They’re not even comfortable admitting it to themselves, they’re not going to answer truthfully in a phone interview.

      • and dont forget us millions upon millions of het married gays who are told we’re straight now, really bi, or just looked at funny til we shut up. first rule of fight club….

  • marshlc

    If you read the whole report, they bring up many of the points commenters here have mentioned – they’re looking at metro areas, not cities, and they acknowledge that people will be more likely to identify as LGBT in certain places than in others. This really isn’t hard data.

    I wonder if it’s still not useful, though. The Birmingham area has a population of about a million, so that means that 26,000 people there (if my math is right) are potentially hurt by homophobic laws. There’s got to be a way to spin that in arguing for justice. It’s a lot of people, after all.

    • Steven Leahy

      My issue is that it’s presented and interpreted as gospel by some including our enemies to minimize us, and we all know it just isn’t in reality accurate. It’s a survey, probably one with built-in biases due to the nature in which it was conducted – not a scientific study. I saw one from a reputable organization in Brazil a few years ago that suggested 14% of men were gay or bisexual. The numbers go much, much higher when asking about same-sex experiences vs. identity as LGBT. How people “identify” and the fear that drives them to be honest about it really muddies the waters. The data points seem to change significantly depending on who does the survey and when, unlike censuses done on race, ethnicity, etc. Again, until we have machines that read brain waves, we’ll never know.

      • Octavio

        Scientology E Meter? (kidding . . . just kidding) 🙂

      • Yep. And we het married gays are under plenty of pressure to think of ourselves as “straight now”, or “really bi” or “right, yes, i’m sorry i said anything”. And my dad who’s been a doctor for 53 years agrees there are MILLIONS and MILLIONS and MILLIONS of us.

      • marshlc

        Can’t really argue with that. It’s insane that civil rights seem to be tied to how big a population is, but I guess we have to live with the world we’ve got, rather than a reasonable one.

  • chasmader

    Another junk survey–this time from the NY Times. The title says “Cities”, yet the data is for MSA’s (Cities and their suburbs-very loosely–San Jose should really be lumped w/ SF if Oakland is-SJ and SF are much more in common-but I digress).
    I suggest the authors take another look at their data and strip out the suburbs or at least call it what it is– Gay areas and not cities.

    • Steven Leahy

      Agree, it’s bullshit and pretty meaningless.

      • Feels like a survey of how scared we are in different regions

  • Bill_Perdue

    Accurate surveys are not possible because of fear and, even at this late date, lingering internalized homophobia. Many people feel, and rightly so, that they’d be exposed to discrimination, harassment and violence if they led an open lifestyle.

    The best way to cure internalized homophobia is to launch campaigns against the federal and state DOMAs by Clinton and Bush and to campaign for either an inclusive ENDA without any of the Democrats religious exemptions or for a robust and inclusive Civil Rights Amendment that would criminalize hate speech meant to incite discrimination, harassment and violence.

    To polish off DOMA (or lay the groundwork for a bigger campaign on the off chance that we lose) we need a conspicuous presence in DC this spring and beyond that we need mass marches nationally and locally to promote ENDA or a CRA.

    • sherman

      Good luck with that Sparky. Why don’t you bus all the supporters you’ve recruited here at JMG and go to DC. OK, a tandem bicycle probably would do. You can use the extra seat for your blow up doll.

      Meanwhile back in the pragmatic real world, we will continue to pressure Democrats, which has given us gains like an end to DADT, marriage equality and other laws in many states, and SCOTUS judges that gutted DOMA which has been the key to judicial rulings in dozens of states for marriage equality.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Democrats are the enemy. By voting for the Clintons and Obama you gave us DOMA and DADT, sabotage equality in 2008 in California and after 40 years refuse to pass ENDA or a CRA.

        Your Republican cousins are just as bad.

        • sherman

          Get back to us when you accomplish anything at the state or national level. Meanwhile we Democrats will keep on making gains, while you wallow in last century self-pity.

          • Bill_Perdue

            All the accomplishments of the fight for equality derived from mass actions, legal challenges by the LGBT communities and direct actions.

            All of them were accomplished by forcing Democrats and Republicans to act. The Hate Crimes Bill languished for years and was only passed after the March on Washington. Obama and Congressional Democrats pissed themselves seeing 200,000 demonstrators and quickly passed the Hate Crimes Bill.

            GET equal got rid of Bill Clintons DADT.

            Obama’s betrayal of marriage equality was 8 years ago. Things haven’t changed since the last century. Both parties are run by bigots or cynical rebranded bigots. What you’ve done is give us DADT and DOMA and buried ENDA. That’s quite enough. Get back under your rock and leave us alone.

          • sherman

            “Things haven’t changed since the last century.” In your fevered mind no doubt that’s true, but in the real world Democrats repealed DADT, and Democrats elected a president who appointed Supreme Court judges who made the difference in gutting DOMA and paving the way for marriage equality. Your “mass actions” (which contained a hell of a lot more Democrats in the crowd than Looney Perdue Socialists) had no vote in DADT and DOMA demise. It was Democrats in elected office who provided the votes to do that. And if you don’t think repealing them is something worthy of being happy about and giving credit to the people who provided the votes, then why are you still so butt hurt about them being enacted in the first place?

          • Bill_Perdue

            Like I said, Democrats are the enemy and so are Republicans.

            Stop lying. In the real world GETequal forced the end of the Democrats DADT.

            Stop lying. Obama is a Republcian in disguise who promoted right wing nominations to the Supremes. Kagan is a hard core right winger who’s Solicitor General’s staff fought the extension of habeas corpus for inmates of the US concentration camp at Baghram Air Base in Afghanistan. As SG she personally urged the “Supreme Court to read an antiterrorism statute to prohibit lawyers from advising U.S.-tagged terrorist groups about how to use peaceful and lawful means to advance their political objectives. Under her leadership, the Justice Department took virtually the same position as the Bush administration in defending the government’s right to shield information from litigants using the state secrets doctrine.” Washington Post

            She and her boss are both Bill of Rights busters.

            Sotomayor has a backward, rightist interpretation of the Constitution and the rights reserved to the people. Mark Dorlester’s HuffPO analysis of her position claims she has a right-wing judicial philosophy. By her theory, Dorlester argues “Plessy v. Ferguson (separate but equal) would still stand, and there would be no Roe v. Wade. By her own words, this is what we will have with Justice Sotomayor. By her nomination, this is what we have unintentionally obtained with President Obama.”

          • sherman

            My god, what a rant. I stopped reading after the first sentence.

            If the Democrats were the same as the Republicons, their voting record would be the same. It is clearly not. You’ve lost the argument, continued whining just confirms to everyone how willfully ignorant you are. That was too charitable, it’s not ignorance, it’s dishonesty.

            You are a loser. Until you have enough integrity to have an honest discussion F.O.

          • Bill_Perdue

            You stopped reading because your loyalty is to racists, warmongers and union busters and that, little man, is your problem. No one deserves problems like that more than you.

  • Dean

    Something never brought up in the Gallup analyses: the tone of voice of the interviewers. Were any of the interviewers in Birmingham gay themselves, or were they judgmental churchies with a condescending tone asking the questions? That could sway the results significantly.

    • Steven Leahy

      LOL “judgmental churchies” – love it. Agree with your point though – there are so many variables that affect the outcome of this “survey” it’s impossible to take it seriously.

  • kladinvt

    Since there isn’t a national non-discrimination law that protects the LGBT community from being fired, being evicted or losing benefits, I think that skewed all of these percentiles, so this poll is less than accurate.

    • Queequeg

      Excellent point.

    • Bruno

      I work in consumer research where we sometimes ask sexual orientation in online surveys and I know full well that even in an online survey the results will not be completely accurate because some respondents are not comfortable answering a sexual orientation question let alone answering the question honestly. These researchers already know this.

      This was a telephone interview so results are more than likely to be even more inaccurate than an online survey. These percentages would be higher in most of these cities. This is also something the researchers have considered.

      Given this, there is still value in this data. It shows that we are everywhere across the country and highlights the need for federal protections and equal rights. In other words, our fight is long from over.

  • Queequeg

    I’m somewhat surprised that Chicago is not in the top 15.

    • delk

      Yep, I saw it the other day. Chicago was like 4ish somewhere between Cleveland and Jacksonville.

      We are just one of those sprawling cities, like Houston that do not get the benefit of vague boundaries.

      I mean, it’s not like we have a gay shortage or anything. 🙂

      • Queequeg

        No, we don’t. Chicago has a pretty active LGBT culture. It’s a great place to live (in the Summer).

        • delk

          I really don’t mind the winter, just the ice. Today (and yesterday) were beautiful for me. I’ve been in this damn full torso brace from fracturing my spine two months ago. Monday was too hot, lol. I was sweating like a pig and I can’t even move fast.

          • Queequeg

            I actually don’t mind it either, but my husband and little dog can’t deal with the cold, so we’ve been spending winters in Florida. I have to admit, it’s kind of nice to go to an outdoor restaurant in February or March.
            I wish you a speedy recovery from your injury. Hopefully you will be out of the brace before hot weather sets in.

      • Octavio

        Just ball parking from my experience looking at the metro sprawls from an airplane window, I venture that L.A. is more of a “sprawl with vaguely defined borders” than either Chicago or Houston. Hence the name “The Greater Los Angeles Area.”

        • delk

          Yep. I was referring to Chicago proper. No Evanston, or Oak Park, or any of the other collar suburbs. Chicago is pretty sprawling though. Our longest continuous North South street is 27.3 miles long.

        • J Ascher

          There’s an old saying that Los Angeles is a series of suburbs looking for a city.

  • ClevelandJim

    Proud to be one of the 3.7%, altho no one called ME to ask my orientation…

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    The methodology of counting people who self-identify to strangers from Gallup is a problem, but using gynormous metropolitan areas is even moreso. People don’t really live in metro areas. My brother and sister live in SoCal and they rarely go out of a certain zone of the metro area; i.e., they’re just as likely to go to Sacramento or San Francisco as they would be to go to Torrance or Anaheim. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area covers an area twice the size of the state of Delaware (with over 10x the population), so yeah, there’s quite a bit of dilution of the data there. Just from what I’ve experienced, I would say West Hollywood and Palm Springs are the closest I’ve seen to a “gay city”, and they are way more than single-digit percentages.

    • gewaite

      Delaware is useless.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Except as a corporate tax haven.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I was just doing some research for my boss on gay male populations in certain markets. One of the reports I used was from CMI, a LGBT market research company based in the Castro. Since 2002, the number of people identifying as gay or lesbian rose from 3.4% to 4.3%, except among 18-34 where it’s now 5.8%.

  • Ninja0980

    IMO the numbers are higher but given the fact there are still no legal protections for gays,lesbians and bisexuals in 29 states and 33 for trans, I can see where people are NOT going to be honest over the phone.
    And even if you live in a state where there are protections, you still may not feel safe doing such an interview.
    That of course is something that won’t be mentioned by Gallup or the bigots.

    • Another reason why surveys notoriously skew right

  • Mike P

    Defining “metro areas” has always been a crap shoot. And when you limit to the borders of actual cities, there is a real distortion at work there, too.

    • stevenj

      The US Census Bureau has defined them and Gallop seems to use their model. The entire SF metro area of 9 Bay Area counties that used to define the SF metro area has been divided now into 2 metro areas adding San Jose as it’s own metro area even though all the central and South Bay cities and counties are one big continuous urban/suburban sprawl. If actual city boundaries were used SF and San Jose’s percentages would be much higher.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    They clearly decided to just omit Provincetown and Wilton Manors.

  • Traxley Launderette

    I’m a little frosted that the Midwest was left out. For those who’ve been paying attention to the fight for marriage equality, the Sixth Circuit is one of the final holdouts. It would be enlightening to see some representative data showing a ballpark number of citizens directly affected by the upcoming SCOTUS ruling.

    Then again, observing the methodology used to conduct the survey shows far too many problems. I agree with others who’ve said the outcome is flawed, even invalid.

  • I should really know better

    Ok but the REAL fact of the matter is that… we really have NO fucking idea AT ALL how many gay people there are. None.

    Because the majority of gay people most likely still live cowering in the closet. They have their hidden folder of dirty pics on their laptop and they have their second browser to look at porn and maybe read JoeMyGod. But they still have their “public lives” and would NEVER answer a Gallup Survey about being gay. Aaron Schock would answer “not gay.” So would his photographer/boyfriend.

    We all know this… and yet Straight people will still take studies like this and say “see… there are hardly any gay people out there.” No, there are only that many gay people willing to tell a stranger with a clipboard that they’re gay.

    • Yep. and there are MILLIONS of us het married gays who have been told forever theyre “straight now”, or “really bi”, or just looked at funny til they don’t tell anyone any more, even if the subject comes up.

      • I should really know better

        are we supposed to feel sorry for het-married gay guys?

        Because I don’t.

        • StSean

          i don’t feel sorry for them, but i appreciate their enthusiasm 🙂

    • Mark_in_MN

      Part of the problem is that may people don’t have a sense of scale. Take the 3.6% number reported here. The state of Ohio is about 3.6% of the US population. Applying the rhetoric about their supposedly being few gay people, one could say that there is hardly anyone in Ohio. Yet Ohio is the 7th largest state by population.

  • delk

    Wow, my husband and I almost moved to Birmingham last year. The University offered him a position. We could have caused their number to go up! lol Two more gays might just have been the tipping point!

  • Dan

    WhooHoo! Columbus in the hizzie!

    • fuzzybits

      We’ve known how queer Columbus is for years.

  • AndyinChicago

    I feel that the Midwest got screwed because of our massive sprawl problems. You look at Chicago’s metro area, you have to include places like Joliet and Rockford, which aren’t really gay meccas.

    • sherman

      The IceHogs drew me to Rockford for a night.

  • Octavio

    Valid or invalid (all polls, IMHO, are invalid) to those of you planning on going to San Francisco, please be sure to wear a flower in your hair.

    It’s a thing.

  • John T

    ITT: lots of people who don’t understand the difference between a city and a metropolitan statistical area.

  • fred

    So if 3.3% of Houston’s 6.2 Million population is LGBT, that means there are 204,000 LGBT’s in Houston. Since attendance at Houston Pride has been over 400,000 the past few years, every single LGBT person in Houston must have attended, along with another 200,000 out-of-towners.

  • JDegarson

    more like LGBT OUT population

  • Merv99

    Going by metropolitan area makes a lot more sense than restricting it just to the central city, which would skew the results. In many areas, city boundaries are just accidents of history, with the central city often representing only a small percentage of a much larger population that is operating effectively as one big city. Although they like to think of themselves as open-minded, I notice that central city dwellers are often quite ignorant of the changes going on in the “suburbs” as they become more urbanized, diverse, and cease to be the Republican strongholds they once were.

  • nycmcmike

    The real question is how many have gone there because if you’ve done it once you’re part of the party

  • TheManicMechanic

    Another poll, another different set of results.

  • And yet most of the children raised in unigender headed households live in red states….

  • JCF

    Kinda surprising the City of Stonewall isn’t in the Top 10.

  • Osowoofy

    Regardless of what the actual percentages are, I think it’s quite interesting that Louisville is right behind Los Angeles.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    I wish the survey had asked respondents where they had lived previously. Did the lowest-ranking metropolitan areas become that way because LGBT people moved to higher-ranking areas?

  • mark99k

    These numbers — skewed as they likely are due to inherent privacy issues — also say little about localized concentration and thus local-issue voting power. it’s hardly surprising that the variation is narrow, as most defined metro areas include huge blobs of gayless suburbs.

  • Oshtur

    Significantly different from the William Institute’s survey of 2006:

    • gewaite

      Why would anyone live in Hartford? Why?

      • Mark_in_MN

        They work in insurance?

    • Mark_in_MN

      Those numbers feel more intuitively correct to me (at least in Minneapolis-St. Paul). But intuition can be a poor guide. But based on the American Community Survey by the US Census, I think I trust that data more.

      It would be quite interesting to see this information updated with more recent ACS data.

  • djlee

    I am from Salt Lake City and can believe the ranking of the city at #7.

  • StSean

    i can still get laid more easily in pittsburgh and cleveland than i can in erie.