LGBTQ+ The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America  

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List of the most gay friendly cities in the US. These large cities and smaller towns are known for their large gay and lesbian populations and open communities. Publications like "The Advocate" base their annual rankings on criteria like the number of LGBT elected officials and protective policies and legislation, as well as the community's level of participation in gay friendly sports, competitions, and social groups. Other groups and sites like The Stir and blogs like Divine Caroline have looked to the general progressive and welcoming atmospheres of gay and lesbian friendly cities.

Where do you think the top gay friendly cities in the U.S. are? Which are the gayest cities in America? From Key West, Florida to West Hollywood, California, if you are looking for gay-friendly places to live (or to meet homosexual singles in an open, loving environment), this list of the top gay-friendly cities in the United States should help you shape your opinion. If you don't see the city you think is the most gay friendly, make sure to add it so others can vote for it as the best gay city in the US.
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2,822 709
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

2
1,553 593
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
California, USA

3
1,117 545
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
BarbL added California, USA
Southern California. Great climate all year round! Many out & proud communities. Freeway close to everything, San Diego makes a great vacation destination for you to relax and/or play.

4
1,108 565
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
California, USA

5
1,103 473
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
ScottSarber added California, USA

6
1,503 598
New York City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
New York, USA

7
1,767 553
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Washington, USA

8
1,309 519
Portland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Oregon, USA

9
517 374
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
midnightq2 added California, USA

10
623 465
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
California, USA

11
906 439
Key West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
MarkinKW added Florida, USA

12
781 471
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Contiguous United States, USA

13
929 378
Provincetown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
TravelGuy added Barnstable County, MA, United States

14
984 542
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
mooseyfate1 added Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, USA

15
824 496
Fort Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Florida, USA

16
664 448
Miami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Florida, USA

17
762 515
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
robhop added Ohio

18
379 358
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
kaylive added California, USA

19
278 324
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
k3vinl33 added California, USA

20
790 468
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Minnesota, USA

21
751 535
Austin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Texas, USA

22
594 423
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Louisiana, USA

23
711 400
Denver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
Colorado, USA

24
383 458
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
California, USA

25
309 447
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Gay-Friendly Cities in America
California, USA