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(MSN)   List of top LGBT-friendly cities in the US. Los Angeles? Check. San Francisco? Check. New York City? Check. Des Moines? Che ... Wait ... WTF?? Des Moines??   (news.msn.com) divider line 150
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2014-06-12 04:36:33 AM
With a name like Des Moines it is no wonder. Might as well named the city Mauve.
 
2014-06-12 04:43:58 AM
My first ex is living in Des Moines. So, this doesn't surprise me a whole lot.  She showed up at my work to introduce me to the woman that she'd fallen in love with.....  yadda yadda yadda .... ;)
 
2014-06-12 05:13:52 AM
As a trans pansexual living close to Des Moines, I can vouch for its LGBT inclusivity.
 
2014-06-12 06:41:07 AM
Not really related, but I'm in Ames right now and the tap water is AMAZING.
 
2014-06-12 07:15:38 AM
Iowa supported gay marriage before California did
 
2014-06-12 07:20:56 AM

Cake Hunter: Not really related, but I'm in Ames right now and the tap water is AMAZING.


Careful.  That's where Des Moinesians (?) catch the gay.
 
2014-06-12 07:26:13 AM
We were all warned about the landing strips they were building for gay Martians. I swear to God.
 
2014-06-12 08:11:25 AM
Yeah, Des Moines is GLBT friendly, but....what the hell kind of matrixes are they using here? Denver and Harrisburg are ahead of cities which allow gay marriage? There's a lot of bullshiat swirling around there. Something tells me that this is just where the author of the survey was able to get the most Grindr/Scruff hits.
 
2014-06-12 08:36:39 AM
All of Iowa is kind of weird... it's a way bluer state than I would expect.
 
2014-06-12 08:37:48 AM

stpauler: Yeah, Des Moines is GLBT friendly, but....what the hell kind of matrixes are they using here? Denver and Harrisburg are ahead of cities which allow gay marriage? There's a lot of bullshiat swirling around there. Something tells me that this is just where the author of the survey was able to get the most Grindr/Scruff hits.


In that case it's a constantly moving target of where the GOP National Convention is meeting
 
2014-06-12 08:39:07 AM
This shocks you? LGBT enclaves in rural areas pop up in the strangest places. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for example.

stpauler: There's a lot of bullshiat swirling around there. Something tells me that this is just where the author of the survey was able to get the most Grindr/Scruff hits.


Marriage is a state/federal law issue. In reality, many of these cities and small towns that are highly LGBT friendly have an innate and large LGBT population that has been established over the past few decades.
 
2014-06-12 08:39:39 AM
Seems to me like subby has never been to Iowa.
 
2014-06-12 08:40:20 AM
Lived in Savannah a few months and I've found the people here to be far more open minded most other places I've been...I guess everywhere other than Vegas.
 
2014-06-12 08:40:44 AM

MightyPez: In that case it's a constantly moving target of where the GOP National Convention is meeting


OH LOL! I forgot about the fact that where ever the GOP convention goes, the amount of GRINDR users increases exponentially.
 
2014-06-12 08:41:25 AM
Iowa also modernized their criminal HIV transmission laws, well hefore CA or NY, the epicenters of the epidemic.

Crap that makes sense, including'intention' language and 'reasonable precautions' and really spells out disclosure and what that means.

If no transmission happens, you cant be held criminally responsible for "exposure".

Tl:dr= Iowa progressive!
 
2014-06-12 08:42:20 AM
*far more open minded about basically everything than most other, etc
 
2014-06-12 08:42:59 AM

hardinparamedic: MightyPez: In that case it's a constantly moving target of where the GOP National Convention is meeting

OH LOL! I forgot about the fact that where ever the GOP convention goes, the amount of GRINDR users increases exponentially.


MWM seeks BM or HM for discreet anal play. Looking for DDF and DTF. Bonus points if you're a fellow Rush Limbaugh fan!
 
2014-06-12 08:43:34 AM
If you're gonna be corn-holing another man, might as well do it in Iowa.
 
2014-06-12 08:43:42 AM
OK...Northampton and Provincetown aren't on the list, but Worcester?

P-Town is like a great, big gay Disneyland, but with B&Bs and boats and salt water taffy at stands every Gottverdammt half mile, and f*cking Lea Delaria crooning "Do Right" to teacher ladies coming in for vacation from Fresno and blushing all the while her bull-dyke self is crooning to them on top of their tables--no, seriously, that was part of her act, and the woman has CHOPS when it comes to the torch songs, just sayin'--and more wine to be able to be delivered to whatever cater waiter event you could possibly imagine, including sailor motifs. And that's just the stuff on the brochures, let alone the folks who live there.

NoHo? The Lesbian Capital of the East? Really? Not even a tickle? But Buffalo? Northampton that has more LUGs per capita, as well as more restaurants per capita than anywhere else the damn country--not to mention more amateur softball leagues, and likewise more lesbian ministers, and let's not forget pet grooming for the avalanche of rescue dogs and cats that get picked out of the local shelters--and so ubiquitous that the Smith Freshman class is seen as a freshening of the pool of available girls to many of the locals--and it certainly does help the girls with girls watching that is a f*cking sport, not because it's strange or odd or especially titillating, but because Smith DOES seem to set some standards on their student body and damn these girls be cute, what with their sudden feminist awakenings, their brand new haircuts, and scandalization of Talbot House's Immorality, and discovery that Jell-O wrestling lesbians is kind of hot. The brazillion women who got married in NoHo, from farmers to teachers to professors from around the country, and the scads of senior citizens, who've lived for years as "roommmates" and finally able to marry their girlfriends turned life partners in perhaps the most adorable and touching ceremonies of women who've stormed the gates of academia, fought the good fight in the trenches for civil rights, only to have been denied them officially themselves, but who found a home, in NoHo, and a community of folks who love these birds, because they're just awesome ladies to the point that there are retirement communities just for the bad ass selves and their partners, long before it was trendy to say, "yeah, I suppose gay folks DO deserve to have their families be able to visit"...

Seriously? Vocativ, I think you've maybe missed "data sets" about the gay community in general...
 
2014-06-12 08:43:53 AM

The_EliteOne: If no transmission happens, you cant be held criminally responsible for "exposure"


That's laughable and sad that you're holding that up as a model of progression. It should be criminal to have sex with anyone and not disclose up front you have HIV and take proper protection measures.
 
2014-06-12 08:44:11 AM
Des Moines takes its name from Fort Des Moines (1843-46), which was named for the Des Moines River. The French "des Moines" (pronounced [demwan] ( listen)) translates literally to either "from the monks" or "of the monks".

Well that explains everything.
 
2014-06-12 08:45:16 AM
Not at all surprised that subby thinks there's nothing in the middle of the country but farms and halfwits.  It's a common stereotype.
 
2014-06-12 08:48:59 AM
So in 2011 the advocate said Minneapolis was the gayest city. On this list it is 20th.

Either these lists are all full of shiat. Or Minneapolis needs to work on being more fabulous.
 
2014-06-12 08:51:29 AM

stpauler: Denver and Harrisburg are ahead of cities which allow gay marriage?


I'd quibble with the inclusion of Harrisburg as an anything-friendly city, but PA allows for gay marriage as of three weeks ago.
 
2014-06-12 08:51:42 AM

DrunkenYodaZen: With a name like Des Moines it is no wonder. Might as well named the city Mauve.


more like da mons.
 
2014-06-12 08:52:42 AM
Invincible Sky Lizard

Not at all surprised that subby thinks there's nothing in the middle of the country but farms and halfwits. It's a common stereotype.


Took the words right out of my mouth, but I was going to use the phrase back assward hicks.
 
2014-06-12 08:54:21 AM

reillan: All of Iowa is kind of weird... it's a way bluer state than I would expect.


Western Iowa is deep red though. Northwestern Iowa is frighteningly red.

/the Dutch
 
2014-06-12 08:54:42 AM
 
2014-06-12 08:57:19 AM

stpauler: Yeah, Des Moines is GLBT friendly, but....what the hell kind of matrixes are they using here? Denver and Harrisburg are ahead of cities which allow gay marriage? There's a lot of bullshiat swirling around there. Something tells me that this is just where the author of the survey was able to get the most Grindr/Scruff hits.


As someone else said, Pennsylvania now has gay marriage. Also, as someone who lives here, yes, it is extremely gay friendly. In fact, I clicked on the story expecting to see Harrisburg. I know it may seem odd, but I'm not the least bit surprised.
 
2014-06-12 08:58:22 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: back assward hicks


that would be Appalachian-Americans.
 
2014-06-12 08:59:28 AM

reillan: All of Iowa is kind of weird... it's a way bluer state than I would expect.


Yup, except for that Western part that keeps re-electing Steve King.

//Northeast Iowa native
 
2014-06-12 09:00:33 AM

BinderWoman: reillan: All of Iowa is kind of weird... it's a way bluer state than I would expect.

Yup, except for that Western part that keeps re-electing Steve King.

//Northeast Iowa native


The rural parts of the state ruin it for everyone else.
 
2014-06-12 09:01:41 AM

Lost Thought 00: Iowa supported gay marriage before California did

 
2014-06-12 09:02:59 AM
They put Chattanooga, TN on the list because they have a gay council member, but Houston doesn't even get a mention?!?
 
2014-06-12 09:03:14 AM
I'm surprised Lexington KY didn't make the list. Gay mayor trumps Gay city city council member and I met a gaggle of Gay friends when I first moved here that are relatively happy with the culture.

/also a black friend
 
2014-06-12 09:07:36 AM
Now, Stuart, if you look at the soil around any large US city,
there's a big undeground homosexual population. Des Moines, Iowa,
for an example. Look at the soil around Des Moines, Stuart. 
You can't build on it; you can't grow anything in it. The government
says it's due to poor farming. But I know what's really going on,
Stuart. I know it's the queers. They're in it with the aliens.
They're building landing strips for gay Martians, I swear to
God.

You know what, Stuart, I like you. You're not like the other 
people, here in this trailer park.
 
2014-06-12 09:09:27 AM

BinderWoman: reillan: All of Iowa is kind of weird... it's a way bluer state than I would expect.

Yup, except for that Western part that keeps re-electing Steve King.

//Northeast Iowa native


Eh... the Republican Whip in Congress is from California.  Every state has is backwards regions. It's just a question of how much power those regions hold over the rest of the state.

In our case... Sioux City may be loud and obnoxious, but doesn't hold power or influence over Des Moines, Iowa City, Dubuque, etc. And if the Iowa Democratic Party ever finds some charismatic nominees, Ames will help to further marginalize the old Dutch dynasties.
 
2014-06-12 09:09:40 AM
I went to Salt Lake City once and thought it was the gayest thing I've ever seen.
 
2014-06-12 09:11:26 AM
Now, Stuart, if you look at the soil around any large US city,
there's a big undeground homosexual population. Des Moines, Iowa,
for an example. Look at the soil around Des Moines, Stuart. 
You can't build on it; you can't grow anything in it. The government
says it's due to poor farming. But I know what's really going on,
Stuart. I know it's the queers. They're in it with the aliens.
They're building landing strips for gay Martians, I swear to
God.

You know what, Stuart, I like you. You're not like the other 
people, here in this trailer park.


Came here to say this.....
 
2014-06-12 09:14:32 AM

hardinparamedic: This shocks you? LGBT enclaves in rural areas pop up in the strangest places. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for example.

stpauler: There's a lot of bullshiat swirling around there. Something tells me that this is just where the author of the survey was able to get the most Grindr/Scruff hits.

Marriage is a state/federal law issue. In reality, many of these cities and small towns that are highly LGBT friendly have an innate and large LGBT population that has been established over the past few decades.


Considering every other business in Eurkea Springs is an antique store it's not surprising.
 
2014-06-12 09:15:52 AM
Oops, forgot that PA finally joined the rest of the NE.

Here's a link the article on Vocativ.(Maybe it's my browser, but I couldn't get the map part to work). The article did say:

Coinciding with national LGBT Pride Month, we used a unique combination of data sets to provide a picture of LGBT life, real life, across the country. To determine the top 35 queer-friendly cities in the U.S., Vocativ started with the 100 most populous metropolitan areas, according to 2013 census data, and analyzed a trove of state-and city-level information, as well as open Internet sources such as Facebook, Craigslist and GayCities.
 
2014-06-12 09:16:59 AM
I have yet to visit a state capital city (including quilt-friendly corn-fed Des Moines, IA) that wasn't friendly to LG(BT). There's no joke here.
 
2014-06-12 09:17:50 AM
Pretty much the only lifestyle choice that makes you an outcast in Iowa is vegetarianism
 
2014-06-12 09:18:57 AM
Debbie Does Des Moines had a lesbian scene.
 
2014-06-12 09:20:22 AM

SpdrJay: I went to Salt Lake City once and thought it was the gayest thing I've ever seen.


It's the neatness. Mormons and  gay men are the only people still into neat and tidy.

/sociology courtesy of an old Seinfeld episode
 
2014-06-12 09:20:36 AM

hardinparamedic: This shocks you? LGBT enclaves in rural areas pop up in the strangest places. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for example.

stpauler: There's a lot of bullshiat swirling around there. Something tells me that this is just where the author of the survey was able to get the most Grindr/Scruff hits.

Marriage is a state/federal law issue. In reality, many of these cities and small towns that are highly LGBT friendly have an innate and large LGBT population that has been established over the past few decades.


I was married in Eureka Springs (8 years ago), so I'm getting a kick. ...

Yep, they don't call them Freakies from Eurekie for nothing. ...
 
2014-06-12 09:21:32 AM
Old news, it's so exciting!

As in "one of the first states to legalize gay marriage" old. :P
 
2014-06-12 09:25:01 AM
These threads always make me hungry for a BLT.
 
2014-06-12 09:26:09 AM

itsaidwhat: I have yet to visit a state capital city (including quilt-friendly corn-fed Des Moines, IA) that wasn't friendly to LG(BT). There's no joke here.


Jefferson City, Missouri is not gay friendly in the least.
 
2014-06-12 09:27:23 AM
Des Moines is also zombie friendly. They even have their own newspaper, you can pick up a copy at Zombie Burger.
 
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