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Where is the gayest city in America? Each year, The Advocate magazine releases its surprising list of LGBT-friendly cities and this year was no different. You won’t believe which city made it to the top of their list — well, I couldn’t believe it. Don’t expect to see the usual suspects like New York City, San Francisco or LA on their list; they didn’t even crack the top 10 cities.

Before we reveal the cities on this coveted list — here’s a quick rundown of how the magazine chose these cities. The criteria is based on a points system, which this year included points for a city’s LGBT elected officials; points for the percentage of the population composed of lesbian-coupled households; a point for a gay rodeo association; points for bars listed in Out magazine’s 200 Best Bars list; a point per women’s college; and yes, even points for concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga or the Jonas Brothers.

Instead of boring you with more info about how the per capita LGBT quotient is calculated, it’s time to reveal the Gayest City in America. And it is …

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OutEscpapes.com Launches

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer travel. It also marked the launch of a new gay travel website that caters to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) travelers … and their straight friends, too. OutEscapes.com — founded by Travel Channel’s guest blogger, Jimmy Im, and his business partner, Todd Murray — provides travelers with bookable travel and event packages at top travel destinations and properties around the world.

According to the staff at Out Escapes, the new website is the first travel, flash-sales website geared specifically to the LGBT community — an industry estimated at $65 billion in revenue a year. The new site touts having a skilled team of LGBT travel experts and industry insiders that will curate the website with their own experiences. So now travelers can get real, qualitative information about a specific destination of interest — for free!
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