Dayton No. 1 on ‘Queerest Cities in America 2015’ list

When it comes to inclusion and acceptance of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning community, Dayton is ranked No. 1 in The Advocate magazine’s “Queerest Cities in America 2015” list.

The list looks at unexpected LGBT-friendly cities.

It gave points for trans-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances, Pink Pistols chapters, gay retirement communities, pro-equality Islamic houses of worship, LGBT-friendly synagogues and tours of Broadway shows like “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.”

Here is what the bi-monthly magazine said about the Gem City:

“Dayton’s thriving cultural scene includes blockbuster theater productions like ‘The Book of Mormon’ and ‘Wicked’ and a world-renowned orchestra and ballet (DaytonPerformingArts.org) — not to mention the quainter appeal of the Dayton Playhouse (TheDaytonPlayhouse.com). A transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance and a surprisingly exciting LGBT nightlife scene — multilevel Club Masque (ClubMasque.com) is a highlight — also help shine queer life into this Rust Belt city. Gays and lesbians are drawn to the little-big-city feel and the natural attractions of the Miami River valley, guided by the LGBT outdoor recreation group Out and About Dayton. With its rich history (the Wright brothers lived here!), Dayton is high on our radar.

And in times of crisis, the people of Dayton come together, as in the case of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who recently committed suicide in the nearby town of Kings Mills. A vigil in her memory is being held Jan. 17 at the Eternal Joy Metropolitan Community Church.”

Here is Advocate’s complete list of LGBT-friendly cities:

1. Dayton, Ohio

2. Atlanta, Ga.

3. West Palm Beach, Fla.

4. Lansing, Mich.

5. Madison, Wis.

6. Salt Lake City, Utah

7. Erie, Pa.

8. Tacoma, Wash.

9. Davenport, Iowa

10. Boulder, Colo.

11. Spokane, Wash.

12. Boise, Idaho

13. Cambridge, Mass.

14. Washington, D.C.

15. Carlsbad, Calif.