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January 9, 2013 at 1:33pm

Tacoma is “gayest city in America,” says Advocate

A scene from Pride Day 2011 in Tacoma.

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Using a highly scientific formula that considers factors including gay rugby, "fabulous shopping" and roller derby teams (uh, no, really), the Advocate magazine released its annual list of the "Gayest Cities in America."

Tacoma was named as America's gayest city for 2013.

Yes, Tacoma has been named the "gayest city in America" by the Advocate, which knows from gay. Here's writer Matthew Breen's rationale in calling us out:

Book a charming B&B, dine at the gay-owned Pacific Grill (PacificGrillTacoma.com), and dance the night away at The Mix (TheMixTacoma.com), and you've got a great recipe for a Northwest honeymoon. The center of LGBT life in Tacoma is the St. Helens District, where the nightlife is plentiful, with some venues rivaling nearby Seattle's. When the indoor fun is done, the environs offer stunning forests and oceans in fairy-tale settings. Consider visiting in July, when the weather is great and Tacoma celebrates pride at Out in the Park (OutInTacoma.com).

As a side story, Gordon Nacarrato, the "out executive chef of one of Tacoma's best restaurants," aka Pacific Grill, receives an extra spotlight with an interview titled What Makes Tacoma Rock. Nacarrato gives a shout out to the city's arts organizations.

So, Tacoma, roll down the windows in your Prius, blast Lady Gaga and flock to The Mix to celebrate the city's victory!

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Franklin said on Jan. 09, 2013 at 3:33pm

What is with the picture at the top? Those are just more annoying hipsters, not representatives of the LGBT community. I don't think that picture is a fair representation of the article's subject.

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Weekly Volcano said on Jan. 09, 2013 at 3:47pm

They were at the Tacoma Pride Day festivities in 2011. We couldn't find our file photo of the rainbow flag topping the Tacoma Municipal Building.

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Deon said on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:56am

Most lgbt folks look like everyone else these days, not carnival costumed parade participants ... but it's your magazine. You can do what you want.

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Stephen Battey said on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:04pm

I see a lot of hate and discontent in these comments, and there are only 3 of them. Has the gay community reached that point of bitchiness where we publicly lambaste each other for being "too gay" or "too proud"?

I know one of the gentleman in the photo, and he is a pretty great guy. Who cares if he is a little more out there than the rest of us? Who does this photo hurt?

Shouldn't the real subject of our discontent be that jerk salmon in the background who photobombed them? I'm pretty sure he is shouting something along the lines of "Get off my lawn!"

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