Gayest Cities in America, 2013

Being a great LGBT city doesn’t just mean having a raucous nightlife, so if you expected to see Hell’s Kitchen or the Castro, you’re reading the wrong list.

BY Matthew Breen

January 09 2013 9:00 AM ET

7. Eugene, Ore. (pop. 156,929) Though it may be “all-American,” there’s nothing stuffy about this idyllic town known for its romantic covered bridges, colorful murals, and natural beauty. It’s tops when it comes to counterculture, eco-consciousness, and outdoors enthusiasm. Home to the University of Oregon (an institution The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students placed among the top 20), the city has a well-deserved progressive reputation. And the Oregon Bach Festival ( is classical music’s coolest event.