ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Gateway City made another list. No, it has nothing to do with crime, and everything to do with fabulousness.
That's right: according to the Advocate, St. Louis is the 15th Gayest City in America, based on a criteria that includes the number of LGBT elected officials, concerts by gay-friendly artists, fabulous shopping, gay rugby, resource groups and roller derby teams per capita.
St. Louis (pop. 318,069) What was founded in 1764 as a fur-trading outpost has become an LGBT beacon in the Midwest. The city proudly proclaims a ton of neighborhoods as gay-friendly, including the queer epicenter along Manchester Avenue in the Grove, site of leather bars, the LGBT center, and the trendy Just John (JustJohnClub.com) bar; Tennessee Williams's old haunt, the Central West End, with its architectural sights, hotels, and galleries; the South Grand hood, site of PrideFest and MoKaBe's (MoKaBes.com) coffeehouse; Soulard and Cherokee Street, home to Clementine's, St. Louis's oldest gay bar, founded in 1978; and the stately Lafayette Square, for wine bars and B&Bs.
Also making the list was Colorado Springs, Colo. (which is ironically the site of ultra-conservative group Focus on Family), Minneapolis, Atlanta and Springfield, Mass.
The gayest city in the country? Tacoma, Wash., according to the report.
Peoria, Ill. earned an honorable mention, coming in at the No. 21 slot.