Los Angeles County has a huge LGBT community and a huge L.A. PRIDE event June 6 through 8.
The liberal West Coast is a longtime mecca for gay rights. So why in the heck didn't we do better in a ranking of America's “Most LGBT-Friendly Cities” by personal finance site NerdWallet?
We bombed, frankly, considering that we're the second-largest city in the nation and often end up with commensurate rankings in different demographics:
But for gay friendliness, all we could muster was 18th place, according to NerdWallet.
The site looked at our …
-Score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index
-Percentage of households with same-sex partners
-Number of sexual orientation-related hate crimes per 100,000 residents
We scored way low (0.8 percent) in percentages of same-sex households. And our hate crimes per 100,000 people, 1.06, were a bit high.
And thus we get 18th place.
Seattle took No. 1. San Francisco came in at No. 2. And … Atlanta (!?) scored No. 3. Props to Long Beach for scoring No. 5. According to NerdWallet:
Long Beach earned the highest possible equality score from the HRC and the city sees fewer LGBT-targeted hate crimes per 100,000 residents than most other places in the country.
Here are the top 10 Most LGBT-Friendly Cities:
NerdWallet told us this:
With LGBT Pride Month and the LA PRIDE Parade just around the corner, consumer advocacy site NerdWallet looked at the stats to see just how LGBT-friendly Los Angeles truly is. NerdWallet found that L.A. is the 18th most LGBT-friendly city, better than many cities across the nation but falling behind other large cities.
That's little consolation for our sorry showing. Let's get it together for next year, Angelenos.
[Added at 1 p.m.]: An analyst for NerdWallet added this:
About 0.8% of all households in LA have same-sex partners, which is right at the average of all the cities we looked at. The city scored just above average in safety, with 1.06 sexual orientation-related hate crimes per 100,000 residents. LA also earned a perfect score in the third variable in our study with an equality index of 100, which boosted the city's ranking in our final analysis.
Los Angeles is definitely a gay-friendly city, but per the numbers we crunched, it didn't score quite as well as some of the cities with a higher percentage of same-sex households and lower rates of hate crimes.