Ah-ha! We told you so. Last month when Los Angeles bombed in a NerdWallet ranking of LGBT-friendly cities, we thought we might have been underestimated.
Well, our annual L.A. Pride festivities must have blown someone away, because the publication Vocativ took a look at “The 35 Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in America” and declared that we're number 1!
Even L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was psyched by the showing. He says:
Los Angeles and its people know that our differences are our greatest strength. We've always been a place where people come to be themselves and live their dreams. We're creative, we're tolerant, we're a global example and I'm proud to see that recognized.
(By the way, if Bill Clinton was America's “first black president,” Eric Garcetti is L.A.'s first gay mayor. He just is. And we mean that as a compliment).
See also: Lina in L.A. – The Faces of L.A. Pride
However, you might be asking, What is this publication? We looked it up, and we're still not sure. Here's what New York-based Vocativ says about itself:
Vocativ is out to push the limits, cut through the spin and engage with the digital generation.
There is an untapped world of raw, vital information hidden in the digital space. Until now, no news organization has had the ability to reach it, let alone understand it.
Ah, yes, it's changing the world.
Anyway, the folks at Vocativ said the looked at the United States' 100 biggest cities and used …
… 32 data sets to measure 16 different factors, from livability indicators like same-sex marriage laws and the rate of hate crimes, to lifestyle metrics like the concentration of out singles and the availability of hookup opportunities.
Los Angeles is, then, scientifically, unequivocally, the gay capital of America, a fact we will not deny. The publication says this about our fair city:
While the state itself has the highest number of queer-friendly cities, L.A. is definitely the jewel in its crown. It ranks high across most categories, but it's especially good for couples – with access to marriage and a comparatively straightforward adoption process. However, it's also a sexy city.
You know this.