Nothing triggers clicktivist fingers like a contest, even more so when it’s for bragging rights in our beloved gay Atlanta. Whatever your quibbles with our fair city when push comes to shove, we want to win. You can help.
Long the bridesmaid (or worse) but rarely the bride when it comes to Gayest City contests, Atlanta is up yet again for a shout-out as a finalist in Out Traveler’s Best Gayborhood in America contest. Instead of griping about a poor showing after the fact, this time you have a chance to do something about it.
We have ownership in the neighborhoods we consider our own; those places we can let our hair down and be ourselves. But what really makes the best LGBT neighborhood? Is it restaurants, bars, walkability, clean streets, public transit, or safety? Think long and hard before you vote, because the top queer area may not be the one down the street, but the enclave we discovered while on vacation or during a work trip. Our editors picked the 10 nominees, but we're amenable to write-in candidates in the comments section. Polls close in two weeks and we'll announce winners the first week of December.
The national exposure of the contest can introduce new visitors to our charms. Put another way, it could get a newbie you haven't dated yet to cross your path. Hey, it couldn’t hurt. No more than Atlanta playing “almost” in every last gayest city poll each year. We love Midtown Atlanta’s never-ending parade of gay hunks (photo), through the streets and in Piedmont Park (photo). Even if other polls show that the penises are shrinking on Atlanta’s nerdy, slutty, butch, kinky size queens.
Midtown will need your help to win against gayborhoods like WeHo, the Castro and Boystown, so vote as early and often as you like. Hit the contest. Click Midtown. Click Return to Poll. Repeat. You did it for them.