I worry that some readers might get too hung up on this notion that The New York Times has declared DC the “gayest place in America.” I think that’s being a little too literal. As you correctly point out, I noted that by the most accurate demographic measurements, D.C. is not No. 1. The headline included a question mark, “The Gayest Place in America?” And the point of the essay certainly was not to crown D.C. with any new title based on selective data reading.
Rather, I was offering my observations as someone who had lived in Manhattan for almost seven years — a place that most would acknowledge is pretty gay itself — and arrived here surprised by the thriving, ubiquitous gay population.
So this question of whether or not D.C. is the undisputed gayest place in the nation, I think, misses what is a pretty striking fact, one I bet most people didn’t realize: that by all the measurements we have today — Census, Gallup, media rankings, etc. — D.C. is always at the top of the list for LGBT people. And I doubt many people would have seen it that way 10 years ago.