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Top gay-friendly city: San Francisco (SHOCKER!)
Yahoo ^ | 12/12/06

Posted on 12/12/2006 5:43:34 AM PST by Mr. Brightside

Top gay-friendly city: San Francisco

Mon Dec 11, 1:50 PM ET

WASHINGTON - San Francisco was named the top "gay-friendly" destination in a new survey of gay travelers conducted by the Travel Industry Association.

Following San Francisco on the list's top 10 were Key West, Fla.; New York City; Fire Island, which is part of Long Island in New York; Provincetown, Mass.; Los Angeles; Miami-South Beach, Fla.; Las Vegas; New Orleans, and Palm Springs-Palm Desert, Calif.

The national survey was conducted by the Travel Industry Association in partnership with Harris Interactive and Witeck-Combs Communications.

Nearly half of gay and lesbian travelers said that whether a destination has a "gay-friendly" reputation matters when they are making leisure travel choices.

A place where "they can hold their partner's hand in public" without fear of harassment was cited as an example of something that more than half of gay men and more than two-thirds of gay women look for when they are choosing a destination, according to the survey.

Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck-Combs Communications said the survey showed that gay and lesbian travelers are not looking for special treatment, but are simply "expecting consideration and equal respect given all customers."

Four out of 10 gay and lesbian travelers also said they consider a destination gay-friendly if it "is known to be culturally welcoming and to support diversity" and gay rights.

Only a third of gay men and 18 percent of lesbians cited "gay nightlife, gay clubs and bars" among their top considerations for gay friendliness.

The national online survey was conducted among 2,020 self-identified gay travelers 21 and older who have taken at least one leisure trip within the past 12 months.

The survey also polled 1,010 adults who self-identified as heterosexual and who also have taken at least one leisure trip in the past year. The heterosexual travelers were included as a way to compare the two groups. The survey found, for example, that gay men tend to spend more on trips than lesbians and heterosexuals.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: captainobvious; duh; pervertravel; perverts; perverttourism

1 posted on 12/12/2006 5:43:36 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

I can't believe Philadelphia isn't in the top 10. I thought I was in another world when I was there last year.


2 posted on 12/12/2006 5:44:52 AM PST by CurlyBill (Democrats: Weak on defense, soft on crime, tough on your wallet)
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To: Mr. Brightside

3 posted on 12/12/2006 5:46:44 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
The survey found, for example, that gay men tend to spend more on trips than lesbians and heterosexuals.

Shooping for designer shoes tends to be expensive.

4 posted on 12/12/2006 5:48:03 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Mr. Brightside
Only a third of gay men and 18 percent of lesbians cited "gay nightlife, gay clubs and bars" among their top considerations for gay friendliness.

The remainder were more concerned about bus station and public playground restroom facilities, for some reason.

5 posted on 12/12/2006 5:49:16 AM PST by Loyalist (Social justice isn't; social studies aren't; social work doesn't.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Nearly half of gay and lesbian travelers said that whether a destination has a "gay-friendly" reputation matters when they are making leisure travel choices.

It now matters to me too. Now I know where not to go. BTW 'Frisco was already on my list of places to avoid.

6 posted on 12/12/2006 5:52:27 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" ? Anonymous)
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To: Always Right
The survey found, for example, that gay men tend to spend more on trips than lesbians...

Lesbian women don't buy makeup, handbags, expensive clothes etc.

They are content wearing blue jeans, work boots, flannel shirts and carrying their valuables in a large leather wallet chained to their belt loop.

7 posted on 12/12/2006 5:52:51 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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I havent been to Fire Island since I went to the wrong beach one summer. Use to be a beautiful place but I wouldnt take my children there these days. Oh go ahead and call me homophobic, but I dont want my children seeing that sort of stuff. I would rather my children be kids first and then get a glimpse of adult life.


8 posted on 12/12/2006 5:52:58 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Mr. Brightside
The survey found, for example, that gay men tend to spend more on trips than lesbians and heterosexuals.

Fatalism and few responsibilites. Why save money when you are the last in your gene pool branch. Unless you need money to retire in Thailand....

9 posted on 12/12/2006 5:53:30 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

They are content wearing blue jeans, work boots, flannel shirts and carrying their valuables in a large leather wallet chained to their belt loop.



You forgot the comfortable shoes.


10 posted on 12/12/2006 5:54:14 AM PST by freedomlover (Sorry, a tagline occurred. The tagline has been logged.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I'm shocked to not see Seattle on the list; I saw more male-on-male open-mouth kissing there than in San Francisco!


11 posted on 12/12/2006 5:55:09 AM PST by NRA1995 (Clinton "tried", 3000 died)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I don't know if "shocker" is an appropriate addition to the title considering the subject matter involved...


12 posted on 12/12/2006 5:57:33 AM PST by Andonius_99 (They [liberals] aren't humans, but rather a species of hairless retarded ape.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Top gay-friendly city: San Francisco

Frisco??? Who knew!!!


13 posted on 12/12/2006 5:59:55 AM PST by COBOL2Java ("No stronger retrograde force exists in the world" - Winston Churchill on Islam)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Where's Austin,Tx. on that list?


14 posted on 12/12/2006 6:00:49 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: NRA1995
I'm shocked to not see Seattle on the list...

San Francisco on the list's top 10 were Key West, Fla.; New York City; Fire Island, which is part of Long Island in New York; Provincetown, Mass.; Los Angeles; Miami-South Beach, Fla.; Las Vegas; New Orleans, and Palm Springs-Palm Desert, Calif.

Most of these could be considered 'destination' locales; i.e. places people tend to gravitate to for fun & vacations. To me, at least (this is my own humble opinion, folks), Seattle doesn't fit that definition. It's like Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, whatever. A big city with it's own style; a place to go to for business or other purpose, but not a 'destination' place. What gets me about the list is Provincetown, Mass. What's with that?

15 posted on 12/12/2006 6:01:26 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" ? Anonymous)
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To: HEY4QDEMS
BUSTED


16 posted on 12/12/2006 6:04:28 AM PST by period end of story (This tagline hasn't been banned or suspended.)
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To: CurlyBill

17 posted on 12/12/2006 6:04:52 AM PST by traditional1
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To: bcsco
What gets me about the list is Provincetown, Mass. What's with that?

If you had ever been there, you'd know. Every homosexual in Boston has a place there, or a friend with a place there. Practically all the businesses are owned by gays or lesbians.

-ccm

18 posted on 12/12/2006 6:07:10 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: wolfcreek
Where's Austin,Tx. on that list?

It's a list of vacation spots, not places to live.
19 posted on 12/12/2006 6:09:20 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Mr. Brightside
Lesbian women don't buy makeup, handbags, expensive clothes etc.

They are content wearing blue jeans, work boots, flannel shirts and carrying their valuables in a large leather wallet chained to their belt loop.

LOL! As alway, GMTA. That's just the way they are around here, right down to the leather wallet chained to their belt loop.

20 posted on 12/12/2006 6:12:47 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: ccmay
If you had ever been there, you'd know. Every homosexual in Boston has a place there, or a friend with a place there. Practically all the businesses are owned by gays or lesbians.

A whole city occupied by them? Now that's scary. Thanks for the update. Obviously, I've never been there (nor to Boston).

21 posted on 12/12/2006 6:13:00 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" ? Anonymous)
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To: NRA1995

...you got that right....I don't fear SF and it is actually fun to visit...I would say 90% of the time I go you DO NOT see open gay expression especially in the tourist spots.. you get near Union Square or of course the Castro District then yes.....San Diego where I also lived has a much bigger gay population the SF....SF may be friendly to them but it is not IMO the most openly gay city....just the more infamous.....


22 posted on 12/12/2006 6:13:36 AM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: Mr. Brightside; MikefromOhio

Thought it was going to be Columbus, Ohio.


23 posted on 12/12/2006 6:14:05 AM PST by RockinRight (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. He's a Socialist. And unqualified.)
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To: RockinRight
Thought it was going to be Columbus, Ohio.

Give it time.

24 posted on 12/12/2006 6:14:52 AM PST by relictele
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To: Mr. Brightside

25 posted on 12/12/2006 6:16:28 AM PST by traditional1
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To: Mr. Brightside

McGreevey's gonna have to get out there and "lobby" harder for New Jersey.


26 posted on 12/12/2006 6:20:27 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Mr. Brightside

Well, this is simply a FABULOUS piece of news!


27 posted on 12/12/2006 6:42:56 AM PST by Disambiguator (This tagline is brought to you by the letter "S" with a slash in front of it.)
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To: NRA1995
"I'm shocked to not see Seattle on the list; I saw more male-on-male open-mouth kissing there than in San Francisco!"

Seattle IS gay-friendly, but I live here (actually just north of, in Shoreline), and I've NEVER seen male-on-male open-mouth kissing in public, and not a lot of female kissing, either. Of course, I am rarely on Capitol Hill (main gay area), and don't attend the annual Gay Pride Parade.
28 posted on 12/12/2006 7:12:41 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, avoid the moor, where the powers of darkness are exalted.")
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To: Long Island Pete

If you drop your car keys in Cherry Grove, you'd better kick them all the way to Westhampton Beach ... :-)


29 posted on 12/12/2006 7:13:25 AM PST by Seajay (Ordem e Progresso)
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To: wolfcreek

Or Re-homo beach, DE.


30 posted on 12/12/2006 7:16:52 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: traditional1

"Don we now our gay apparel."


31 posted on 12/12/2006 7:20:43 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: Steve_Seattle

Well, I beg to differ with you. I stayed near Capitol Hill and it was there all the time. Also saw it at Lake Washington.


32 posted on 12/12/2006 7:21:05 AM PST by NRA1995 (Clinton "tried", 3000 died)
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To: NRA1995
"Well, I beg to differ with you. I stayed near Capitol Hill and it was there all the time. Also saw it at Lake Washington."

We aren't differing; I never said you were wrong, just that I haven't seen it in the places around town that I hang out. What you see depends on where you are, and you were hanging out in a heavily-gay area and at the beach near that area.
33 posted on 12/12/2006 7:40:13 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, avoid the moor, where the powers of darkness are exalted.")
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To: Mr. Brightside
Ah yes....San Francisco.....Baghdad by the Bay.
A city that has taken diversity, multiculturalism, political correctness and lunacy to its ultimate degeneration.

The only communist city in the world, where you have to step over the homeless drunks in the park, step over the urine and feces they left behind, push your way past the pan handlers to get into a restaurant with overly high prices to be served by a heavily tattooed food server of indistinguishable gender with scabs on their arms and face.

If not for the external beauty of the city, and its attraction to unknowing tourists - the city would die.

Semper Fi
34 posted on 12/12/2006 8:25:41 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: HostileTerritory

"It's a list of vacation spots, not places to live."


Guess you've never been to Austin. Lots of vacationers.


35 posted on 12/12/2006 12:56:27 PM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: King Moonracer

Thailand?


36 posted on 12/12/2006 12:58:23 PM PST by null and void (Stand proud!)
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To: null and void

Isn't Thailand where all the homos, like John Mark Carr go for their gay sex/pedo romps?


37 posted on 12/12/2006 1:07:10 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

SF isn't gay friendly, its straight hostile.


38 posted on 12/12/2006 1:07:17 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: wolfcreek

No, I haven't, but I just don't think it's got the national vacation profile a lot of other places do. Maybe for music fans, but that's not the same as homosexuals.


39 posted on 12/12/2006 1:15:55 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: King Moonracer

Yeah, it was a reference to the threads from that time having pages of posts that just said "Thailand?"


40 posted on 12/12/2006 1:19:46 PM PST by null and void (Stand proud!)
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To: null and void

Oops, I missed that one. I guess I made a hugh and series mistake. I better take a shower.


41 posted on 12/12/2006 1:32:00 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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