The Castro District has long been the center of San Francisco’s vibrant LGBT culture and was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the country.It’s home to LGBT-owned businesses, the historic Castro Theatre, the GLBT History Museum, the Pink Triangle Park, the LGBT Walk of Fame, Harvey Milk Plaza and Twin Peaks Tavern, the famed gay bar.
There’s also the Baltimore Pride parade, block party, high-heel race and festival that welcomes 30,000 visitors annually.
In June, the city hosts the B’more Q-Fest film festival to kick off Pride month.
The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau even has its own “Glambassador,” Haley Star, a You Tube drag queen.
The Baltimore metro area took the top spot in health care equality.
The FBI didn’t receive any reports of hate crimes related to gender identity or sexual orientation in the city for 2013.
Philadelphia also tied for the highest score in the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index.
We ranked the primary city in each of America’s 49 largest metropolitan areas based on the following factors: 6.2%: The proportion of residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the San Francisco metro area.
116: Philadelphia’s municipal equality index (including bonus points), which tied for the highest in our study.
The most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods are Mount Vernon and Hampden, which hosts its own Pride weekend celebration “Hon Fest.” Hampden is a favorite of filmmaker and gay icon John Waters.