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'Hunky young pols' like Paul Ryan, Aaron Schock help DC win 'gayest' city title

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Washington has a new title: “Gayest City In America.”

The Advocate, a national gay magazine, put the nation's capital at the top of its list, reasoning that it has more gay elected officials, “gay-friendly neighborhoods” and “hunky young” politicians like Reps. Paul Ryan and Aaron Schock to look at.

“It’s not all piano bars, gender-specific music festivals, and giant disco houses (although we all love some of those things) that make these cities the gayest in America,” said the Advocate, a long-established media outlet.

“Wouldn’t every city be better if it were just a bit gayer?” the magazine added.

Nearby Arlington, Va., came in 10th.

To make the list, the magazine expanded its criteria to include politics and social life. For example, a gay elected official gave a city a point, as did holding a gay rodeo, having a gay bar or a women’s college.

On Washington, the magazine said:

In many respects, D.C. is still part of the South. But this city has a whopping 17 gay elected officials, perhaps a result of its unique status as a federal district, free from the grip of a state government. Gay-friendly neighborhoods include P Street and 17th Street in the Dupont Circle area, and Logan Circle to the east. The capital’s nightlife includes the Duplex Diner and its hot bartenders (DuplexDiner.com), and show tunes, top 40, and retro pop at perennial fave JR’s Bar (1519 17th St. NW, 202-328-0090). Though they’re ostensibly right-leaning, we think hunky young pols Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Aaron Schock are subtly demonstrating their LGBT friendliness by indulging in well-known gay customs: Ryan lifts weights and exaggerates his stats (how fast was that run, Paul?), and Schock likes his shirtless photo shoots and pink fashion accessories. And we cannot overlook House Speaker John Boehner; bring extra Kleenex if you invite him over for a Nora Ephron flick on movie night.

The list:

1. Washington

2. Pasadena, Calif.

3. Seattle, Wash.

4. Cambridge, Mass.

5. Atlanta, Ga.

6. St. Louis, Mo.

7. Madison, Wisc.

8. Salt Lake City, Utah

9. Oakland, Calif.

10. Arlington, Va.

11. San Francisco, Calif.

12. Rochester, NY.

13. Orlando, Fla.

14. Long Beach, Calif.

15. Pittsburgh, Pa.

16. New Orleans, La.

17. Denver, Colo.

18. Tacoma, Wash.

19. Lexington, Ky.

20. Portland, Ore.

21. Las Vegas, Nev.

22. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

23. Tampa, Fla.

24. Akron, Ohio

25. Boston, Mass.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.