DC IS SO GAY: NYT, ‘Politics Makes D.C. the Gayest Place in America’

Published on November 22, 2013

The New York Times has declared Washington, D.C., the “gayest place in America,” in part because politics is a huge draw for gays and lesbians.

The Sunday Styles story highlights Washington’s coming out in several statistics that show the city a top draw for gays, a growing community where same-sex couples make up 18.1 household for every 1,000.

Author Jeremy W. Peters gives politics some of the credit for making Washington the gay capital.

“Why are they all here?” he asks. “One answer seems to be that they have always been here. Gays and lesbians do seem to be drawn to politics in disproportionately high numbers. [Democratic lobbyist Steve] Elmendorf told me he thinks that gay people, because they were mostly without children, were able to resist the draw of higher pay in the private sector.”

Read more: washingtonexaminer.com