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Cambridge Makes List Of “Gayest Cities In America”

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Harvard Square in Cambridge (Photo Courtesy: National Register of Historic Places/Wikimedia Commons

Harvard Square in Cambridge (Photo Courtesy: National Register of Historic Places/Wikimedia Commons

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The city of Cambridge can now make a new claim: it’s one of the “gayest cities in America,” according to The Advocate.

The magazine ranked Cambridge at No. 3 on its list, saying the city was home to the first African-American lesbian mayor (E. Denise Simmons) and has been a leader in laws that protect transgender people.

“(Cambridge’s) Paradise bar is billed as New England’s only gay club with hot male dancers six nights a week — hey, everyone needs a night off — and the town is right next to a little hamlet named Boston, where allegedly LGBT stuff sometimes happens too,” the magazine added.

The Advocate analyzed a variety of factors, including the presence of LGBT public officials and whether the city had a WNBA team, among several other criteria. The magazine also decided to look at areas we may not expect.

Topping the list is Salt Lake City, Utah. Though the magazine admits the city may be better known for its status in the Mormon faith, it points to a large sampling of gay and lesbian nightclubs and at least one LGBT bookstore.

Orlando (No. 2), Fort Lauderdale, Florida (No. 4), and Seattle (No. 5) round out the top five.

Boston, meanwhile, came in at No. 24.

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