Magazine Ranks Eugene 7th Gayest US City

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene is the 7th gayest city in America, according to the magazine, The Advocate.

Each year, the magazine bases its survey on a different ranking system. This year, it evaluated cities based on nine diverse criteria, including the number of LGBT elected leaders, fabulous shopping and roller derby leagues.

Eugene earned all its points in those three categories.

“I think they’re trying to go for a bit of the alternative when ranking cities in this way, so good food, good fun, a little bit funky, but definitely committed to equality and social justice, and I think that hands down describes Eugene,” said Maure Smith-Benanti, UO LGBT Student Services.

Tacoma, Spokane and Salem also ranked in the top 15 gayest cities.

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