Boston scores as 11th most gay-friendly city in America

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Boston gay pride 2014. Photo courtesy bostonpride.org

Boston ranked the 11th top LBGT-friendly city in the United States in a recent survey by the consumer advocacy website NerdWallet.

Nerd Wallet reported that:

“America has become a far friendlier place for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Since 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, another 35 states and the District of Columbia have done the same.

This shift in attitudes toward LGBT rights is also reflected in a national poll conducted in May by Gallup, which found a record-high 60% of Americans support same-sex marriage, up 5% from last year.

As the legal tide has turned, metropolitan areas have become more accepting of people who identify as LGBT. Still, some cities are more progressive than others, and 14 states still have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

In honor of Pride Month, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the most LGBT-friendly cities in the U.S.”

Nerd Wallet “ranked the primary city in each of America’s 49 largest metropolitan areas based on the following factors:The percentage of the population identifying as LGBT in each metro area.

  • LGBT-related hate crimes per 10,000 residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
  • The Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.
  • The Human Rights Campaign’s number of leaders in LGBT health care equality.”