Miami Ranked One of the Least Gay-Friendly Cities in United States

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In the wake of the DeSantis administration’s legislative campaign focusing on the LGBTQ neighborhood, it might not come as a shock that two Florida cities have been ranked among the many 5 least LGBTQ-friendly cities within the U.S.

According to a new examine by actual property firm Clever, Miami and Jacksonville are the fifth and third-least LGBTQ-friendly cities within the nation, respectively, amongst giant municipalities. Orlando got here in tenth on the rankings.

While Miami Beach has largely been thought of a haven for the homosexual neighborhood and South Florida a bastion of LGBTQ-inclusivity, the state legislature’s passage of payments just like the Parental Rights in Education regulation, AKA “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, has thrust Miami to the underside of the LGBTQ-averse rankings alongside cities like Birmingham, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee.

“Our examine not solely balances the enjoyable elements of the LGBTQ neighborhood but in addition the political realities needed for LGBTQ Americans to thrive when they’re shifting throughout state strains for higher futures amid rising prices of residing,” the report reads.

Stratton Pollitzer, co-founder and deputy director of advocacy group Equality Florida, locations the blame on Gov. Ron DeSantis for Miami’s rating. As a longtime resident of Miami, he says, he’s heartbroken to see the “horrible harm” the governor has accomplished for the town’s picture as a welcoming municipality.

“It’s extremely irritating, particularly for these of us who reside in cities which have labored so exhausting to be on the vanguard of inclusion and help for LGBTQ residents,” Pollitzer tells New Times. “I do know that folk in different states have a look at this they usually suppose, ‘How can that be taking place in Florida? I’m used to studying about this in these headlines from deep purple, southern states.'”

“I blame the state legal guidelines for damaging Miami’s repute,” Pollitzer says. “We are a part of Florida, and DeSantis has been a wrecking ball to Florida’s repute.”

On the bottom, homosexual residents and guests might really feel the Miami metro space is a world other than extra conservative, rural areas of north Florida, the place two males kissing would possibly draw stares. However, when factoring in empirical knowledge, the examine signifies statewide coverage is overshadowing South Florida’s repute for embracing LGBTQ tradition.

Clever, an actual property knowledge firm, ranked the nation’s 50 most populous cities based mostly on 14 weighted standards together with the variety of anti-trans and “Don’t Say Gay” legal guidelines, the variety of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapters per 100,000 residents, the overall LGBTQ-affirming healthcare suppliers per capita, the state’s LGBTQ inhabitants, the variety of homosexual bars and satisfaction occasions, and the proportion of residents opposing same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination legal guidelines, amongst different classes.

San Francisco, Hartford, Connecticut, Las Vegas, and Portland, Oregon, and Denver sit atop the rankings for many LGBTQ-friendly cities. As outlined by the examine, these cities are in states which have neither handed laws focusing on the homosexual and transgender communities nor created parental opt-out legal guidelines that enable dad and mom to problem classroom studying materials. They even have LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum requirements, based on the examine.

The Magic City has one of many lowest “state equality tally scores” given by the Municipality Advancement Project, which scores state legal guidelines and insurance policies that influence LGBTQ folks’s lives. The examine says Florida has 5 legal guidelines on the books that qualify as anti-trans, together with laws that bars transgender folks from utilizing their most popular restrooms in public and prohibits public funds from getting used to supply gender-affirming care.

Thirty-two p.c of Miami residents oppose same-sex marriage, based on the examine, compared to 11 p.c of residents in Hartford. Although Miami is among the prime cities for many satisfaction occasions per 100,000 residents, it’s third on the listing for the fewest variety of homosexual bars. San Francisco, which the examine thought of essentially the most gay-friendly metropolis, has .68 homosexual bars per capita compared to Miami’s .08.

Despite these statistics, Pollitzer says folks in Miami are engaged in supporting the native LGBTQ neighborhood. He notes Equality Florida added 75,000 new supporters in a single 12 months — triple the group’s yearly common — to combat again in opposition to the brand new laws.

“Pride festivals are bursting on the seams,” he tells New Times. “I perceive that some individuals are going to make the choice to go away our state for causes about their household’s security. I perceive and respect that, however we’re right here to say, our neighborhood is right here to say. We’re right here to combat and I see proof of that day by day. I’ve by no means seen folks as engaged in pushing again as they’re proper now.”



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