West Coast Outgays The East, According To Most Detailed LGBT Data To Date

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm SandyOf all the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of LGBTs in the US, New York doesn’t even crack the top 10. The West Coast — from Portland to Salt Lake City to San Francisco and Los Angeles — has the most self-identifying queer populations, according to what is being touted as “the most detailed estimates yet” of where LGBT people live.

The numbers, based on new analysis of Gallup survey data, indicate the further dissolution of the “gay mecca” as LGBTs find acceptance and acknowledgement of our civil rights in every pocket of America.

“For a generation, they all remember the moment they walked through their first gay bar,” Paul Boneberg, executive director of San Fran’s GLBT Historical Society told The New York Times. “But now they come out for the first time online, and that changes, for some people, the need to leave.”

Still, San Francisco boasts the most gays per capita, with 6.2 percent of the population self-identifying as LGBT. On the other end of the spectrum and the wrong side of history is Birmingham with 2.6 percent.

Most Southern and Midwestern cities tend to have smaller gay populations, but the point is that they have gay populations to begin with. According to The Times:

Nationwide, Gallup says, 3.6 percent of adults consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. And even the parts of the country outside the 50 biggest metropolitan areas have a gay population (about 3 percent) not so different from some big metropolitan areas.

New York falls somewhere in the middle with 4 percent, sandwiched between southern belles, Phoenix and San Antonio. Of course, when you have 4 percent of the New York metro area compared with the, say, 4.5 percent of the Louisville metro area, chances are you’re going to come up with more queens in one deck of cards.

Naturally, San Francisco has…a Full House.

Check out the full list below:

San Francisco, 6.2 percent

Portland, Ore., 5.4

Austin, Tex., 5.3

New Orleans, 5.1

Seattle, 4.8

Boston, 4.8

Salt Lake City, 4.7

Los Angeles, 4.6

Denver, 4.6

Hartford, 4.6

Louisville, Ky., 4.5

Virginia Beach, 4.4

Providence, R.I., 4.4

Las Vegas, 4.3

Columbus, Ohio, 4.3

Jacksonville, Fla., 4.3

Miami, 4.2

Indianapolis, 4.2

Orlando, Fla., 4.1

Tampa, Fla. 4.1

Phoenix, 4.1

New York, 4

San Antonio, 4

Washington, 4

Riverside, Calif., 4

Philadelphia, 3.9

Baltimore, 3.9

Buffalo, 3.9

Detroit, 3.9

Sacramento, 3.9

San Diego, 3.9

Charlotte, N.C., 3.8

Chicago, 3.8

Dallas, 3.8

Cleveland, 3.7

Kansas City (Mo. and Kan.), 3.6

Minneapolis-St. Paul, 3.6

St. Louis, 3.6

Oklahoma City, 3.5

Richmond, Va., 3.5

Nashville., 3.5

Milwaukee, 3.5

Houston, 3.3

San Jose, Calif., 3.2

Raleigh, N.C., 3.2

Cincinnati, 3.2

Memphis, 3.1

Pittsburgh, 3

Birmingham, Ala., 2.6

Les Fabian Brathwaite, BK Bitch.