MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When you think of the United States’ gay meccas, you no doubt think of San Francisco or New York, right?

Well, gay magazine The Advocate seems to think the nation’s GLBT capital is actually well within flyover country. The magazine’s February issue ranks Minneapolis as the nation’s #1 gay metropolis. Ahead of San Francisco (#11) and New York (not even on the list of 15).

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The magazine used a formula that accounted for, among other things, the number of officiants for gay weddings, the number of openly gay politicians and the number of gay-inclusive churches. The number was then divided by the city’s population.

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The formula placed Minneapolis above Santa Fe and Las Vegas to take the title. The article mentioned the high number of gay-inclusive churches and noted that the city was where the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to accept gay and lesbian pastors.

The Advocate also made note of Sen. Al Franken’s introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, intended to protect gay youth from bullying at school.

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