Iowa, forth in the nation to legalize gay marriage equality, and now home to one of the nation’s queerest cities according to The Advocate magazine. Davenport, Iowa. makes their list; coming in at number 9. From qconline.com:
“I think that Davenport has been a welcoming and inviting place for all people,” said Ald. Bill Boom, 3rd Ward. Ald. Boom is an openly gay member of the city council and co-owner of Mary’s On 2nd, 832 W. 2nd St., Davenport, mentioned by The Advocate.
“I think it’s a great example of the diversity in Davenport,” Ald. Boom said.
The article credits the city for adopting a what it called a “trans-inclusive” nondiscrimination law. Davenport is listed by the Human Rights Campaign as one of more than 200 cities and counties that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity.
The magazine choose this year to focus on places other than the well-established gay meccas. Others making the list include Lansing, Mich.; Erie, Pa.; and Boise, Idaho.