Boston and Worcester Among Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities in US

A Gay Pride flag swirled in wind before being hoised atop the flagpole at Boston City Hall during the 20th annual flag-raising ceremony to open Boston Pride Week 2014.
A Gay Pride flag was hoisted atop the flagpole at Boston City Hall during the 20th annual flag-raising ceremony to open Boston Pride Week 2014.
Joanne Rathe/Boston Globe

The Bay State has a lot to be proud of this June. It’s National LGBTQ Pride Month, and in addition to being the first state to legalize gay marriage and hosting it’s 44th annual gay pride parade earlier this month, Massachusetts is home to two cities that have been named among some of the most LGBTQ-friendly in the country.

Boston and Worcester were included in’s Queer Index List: The 35 Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in America. Boston came in ranking no. 18 while Worcester was no. 26. Other New England cities fared well, too: Providence, Rhode Island sits at number 13, and Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut are ranked at 12 and 31, respectively.

Vocativ compiled the list using 32 data sets to consider 16 factors, ranging from “livability indicators like same-sex marriage laws and the rate of hate crimes, to lifestyle metrics like the concentration of out singles and the availability of hookup opportunities.” Both Massachusetts cities were given four stars for state marriage legislation and adoption laws for same sex couples.

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“Beantown has managed to hold on to its title as a top pick for many a gay New England settler. It has a great spread of bars and cultural events, and it’s hardly lacking when it comes to the dating pool,” according to the Queer Index List.

Vocativ data shows that 4.4 percent of adults in Massachusetts are gay or lesbian, and the city ranks 6th in terms of LGBT bars and clubs per 100,000 people. Despite getting the nod for its friendliness, Boston came in first of the 35 listed cities for gay hate crimes per capita.

The study calls Worcester “a city protective of its local queer community (no hate groups), as well as those abroad; the [Worcester] LGBT Asylum Support Task Force works to help individuals seeking political asylum in the U.S. based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Provincetown did not make the list.

Nationwide, Los Angeles and New York snagged first and second place, followed by San Francisco and Des Moines, Iowa.

Vocativ noted: “While we tried to be fully inclusive, we were limited by available numbers on bisexual and trans folks for some of our categories.”

See the entire list here.