Queerest Cities in America 2015

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Cities of 100,00 population or more are considered. The raw score is divided by the population to provide a ranking based on a per capita LGBT quotient.
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15. Carlsbad, Calif. Above: Beach at Carlsbad
[ pop. 110,972 ]
The seaside city of Carlsbad offers more to its residents and visitors than idyllic temperatures and Legoland. Carlsbad is the location of Congregation B’nai Tikvah, an LGBT-friendly synagogue. It is also home to openly lesbian surfer Cori Schumacher, who enjoys the ocean along with other queer surfers. (The recent documentary Out in the Lineup explores this culture.) Shumacher also began the Carlsbad-based Inspire Initiative, a nonprofit that works to empower women through surfing and to encourage diversity and acceptance in the surfing world.  

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14. Washington, D.C.  Above: Dignity USA group walking in Capital Pride 2014
[ pop. 646,449 ]
The District is a beacon of inclusiveness and activism, with multiple groups that work toward more LGBT-inclusive religious communities, such as three Jewish LGBT organizations, Dignity USA, Queer For Christ, and the Light of Reformation, a Muslims for Progressive Values Unity Mosque. The city is also home to a thriving theater scene that hosts touring shows like The Book of Mormon, Once, and Legally Blonde, as well as Capital Fringe, the world-renowned independent theater festival. The city’s strong nondiscrimination laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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