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Washington tops as ‘gayest place’ in the nation
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For gays seeking friendly faces, the place to be seems to be the nation's capital, Washington. That's according to one New York Times writer who first experienced the Beltway's coldness for gays a few years ago — but recently relocated to the capital from Manhattan and says the atmosphere is now completely different. On top of that, polls and surveys show that the city has the "highest percent of adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," said Jeremy Peters in The New York Times, citing census data that shows that 10 percent of the city's population lays claim to the LGBT tag. "I now live in the gayest place in the nation," he wrote in The New York Times. Next in line is Hawaii, but even that state only touts a bit more than 5 percent of its adult population as LGBT. Meanwhile, the national average for that statistic is 3.5 percent, The New York Times reported. The Census Bureau also reports that Washington has the highest percentage of same-sex-couple households in the nation, at 4 percent, The New York Times reported. So why the nation's capital? "One answer seems to be that they have always been here," said Mr. Peters in The New York Times. "Gays and lesbians do seem to be drawn to politics in disproportionately high numbers."