July 3rd, 2008 5:33 pm | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: City Hall, Politics, Gay Rights

In The Gay-tto: Portland Queer Hood Comes In at #1

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According to Q Portland our fair city has just been crowned (alongside Atlanta, Georgia) the "Best Gay Ghetto" in the U.S. by the Gay and Lesbian International News Network.

Trouble is, nobody I know around here considers Portland home to a particular part of the city that could be described as a "gay ghetto." Sure we once had Southwest Stark Street, but that's now in the hand of developers despite what the GLINN says. And Old Town has its share of queer outlets—Darcelle's, Fox & Hounds, Dirty Duck—but there are just as many straight venues and cracked-out homeless folk as there are queers.

According to the GLINN, each year they pick a top-10 list "by cross-analyzing demographics against real estate sales data to discover those especially prized metropolitan areas throughout the USA that are most in vogue with the diverse GLBT community. When the number-crunching is over, we usually have 10 distinct winners, individually ranked by virtue of their popularity."

So I guess they like us, they really, really like us.

Here is the reason GLINN picked Portland as Numero Uno:

"The “Rose City” boasts a thriving arts scene that ranks among America's best; and its Hawthorne District is home to one of the most concentrated lesbian communities on the continent. Portland's Burnside Triangle is a triangular district that underwent a complete renaissance and is now thoroughly established as a GLBT enclave stretching over several energetic city blocks. The influence of Burnside spreads into nearby neighborhoods including the Pearl District (a former industrial section of old Portland that now booms with art and commerce) and the rather upscale and upbeat Northwest neighborhood. Earlier this year, Portland became the largest US City to elect an openly gay mayor, Sam Adams."

Here is their official list for 2008:
1. Portland Oregon
1. Atlanta Georgia
3. Charlotte North Carolina
4. Raleigh North Carolina
4. Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida
6. Dallas Texas
6. Short Hills New Jersey
8. Chicago Illinois
8. Palm Springs California
8. Austin Texas

So I ask you folks: do you agree with their assessment?
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