Best of GayCities 2011

You’re The Tops! Vote For the Best City of 2011 And Win A Vacation Package For Two

The end is almost here! Our sister site’s annual Best of GayCities poll ends at midnight tonight PST and the  competition is fiercer than an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race!


On this final day of voting, we take a quick last look at the eight incredible LGBT-friendly nominees for Best Overall City:  London, Madrid, Mexico City, New Orleans, New York City, Sao Paolo, Tel Aviv and Toronto.

Will it be the Big Easy or the Big Apple? Or will a certain Middle East metropolis, currently leading its closest competitor by a more than a 2-to-1 margin, pull off a major upset?

Which gay mecca gets your vote as the overall best?

From the chic shops on Compton Street to the nocturnal dance dens in Vauxhall, the British capital’s scene is diverse and never dull. Current vote count: 6%

Gay Madrileños (above) helped pass marriage equality in 2004 and transformed Chueca into a glittery smorgasbord of gay life. Current vote count: 7%

Mexico City
The Mexican capital is a bastion of equality and diversity, especially after same-sex marriage and gay-adoption victories in 2010. Nightclubbers party down in the Zona Rosa and along Piaza Garibaldi, while the colorful Pride parade (at right) has taken over Paseo de la Reforma for more than 30 years. Current vote count: 4%

New Orleans
Nawlins is gay-friendly year-round, with an even gayer annual version of Mardi Gras called Southern Decadence taking over in the fall. Current vote count: 5%

New York City
From before the Stonewall Riots to after marriage equality passed, NYC has continued to blaze a trail through LGBT history. In the Big Apple, we truly are everywhere—but major gay nabes include the West Village, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. Current vote count: 16%

Sao Paolo
This Brazilian metropolis has the biggest Pride celebration in South America, but even during off-season, the GLS (local slang for Gay, Lesbian & Sympathizers) scene is always pumping. Current vote count: 7%

Tel Aviv
Israel’s most cosmopolitan city (and right now, the runaway vote leader for the Best City of 2011) is also its most gay-friendly, with amazing nightclubs, great dining and a laissez-faire Mediterranean attitude. Current vote count: 36%

The hub of queer life in T.O. is the gay village of Church and Wellesley (foreigners might recognize it as the place where the U.S. version Queer as Folk was filmed), but anywhere you go you’ll find a warm, welcoming smile. Current vote count: 8%

That’s who’s in the running, so vote now and you could be a winner too! One lucky GayCities member will nab two tickets to the U.S. city of their choice (courtesy of our friends at American Airlines) and two nights at a top-rated hotel (courtesy of GayCities).

Remember, you only have until 3am EST/12am PST to let your opinion be known!

All winners will be announced on January 5. Anyone may vote but entrants must be GayCities members to qualify for vacation package.

Madrid photo: Dan Allen, Sao Paolo: Diego3336, Mexico City Pride: Diana Verdin