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Watch: 'The Daily Show' Looks at Why Minneapolis Has SF Beat as the Gayest City in America

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Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones looks at why Minneapolis has overtaken San Francisco as the gayest city in America.

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  1. Look for housing prices to rise in Minneapolis to shoot through the roof. You know what happens when the gays take over, gentrification isn't far behind!

    Posted by: Bart | May 10, 2011 2:14:49 PM


  2. This segment was SPOT ON.

    As a 28-year-old guy, I highly resent the implication that somehow living my mundane day-to-day life with my partner -- and never putting on feathers or leather, or going to Pride -- makes me less gay.

    To each his own; but that sentiment needs to run both ways.

    Posted by: Andrew | May 10, 2011 2:15:15 PM


  3. Putting up that statue of Mary Richards throwing her hat in the air does not make Minneapolis the gayest city. Still, San Francisco can try winning back the title by putting up a statue of Phyllis.

    Posted by: Ruddigore | May 10, 2011 2:17:38 PM


  4. "Minneapolis has a tiny gay scene"

    ???????????????? Numbers please.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 10, 2011 2:19:55 PM


  5. This is the daily show. They didn't pick representatives of either city. Those two Minneapolis gays remind me of half of the gay couples that I know in San Francisco, many of whom are in their 20s and early 30s. (I'm late 20s myself and I've lived here almost 10 years).

    The Castro isn't very themeparky if you live there, by the way. It's almost suburban, actually, if you ignore the porn shops. Straight and gay people live there and push their children around in their strollers, or walk their dogs, etc.

    It's a really great neighborhood to live in, for many reasons. It's safer than most city areas, relatively clean, and if you're away from Castro street or 18th street by a block it's pretty quiet. It's also one of the most centrally located districts in the city, with the best access to public transportation. I moved away from the Castro to find a place that would let my boyfriend and I get a dog, and we both miss it.

    Posted by: Randy | May 10, 2011 2:23:20 PM


  6. "Minneapolis Has SF Beat as the Gayest City in America?"

    Isn't that in the state where the current legislature is just advancing an constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage?

    Oops, never mind, things like that are not important these days. It only matters that you're able to bring your boyfriend to your high school prom, and be seen as "gay". It's all about getting the attention.

    Posted by: Mark | May 10, 2011 2:40:16 PM


  7. @ Disgusted Gay American:
    You said:
    "LGBT people are as different as snowflakes...the ONLY similarity is that we are Gay...thats it."

    Wrong. There is no such thing as "LGBT people". That concept was made up by a bunch of well-to-do white, "queer" academics in the 1990s. The vast majority of trans people are not gay. Although our political goals may coincide on a few issues, in terms of identity we have nothing in common with them.

    Posted by: David | May 10, 2011 3:05:09 PM


  8. This segment is so right. Those crude and odd things that stereotype the community are over. Us new gays just want to live our lives, we don't need to be wild, leathery, feathery, and glittery about it. Madonna fell out of fashion, and so does everything else.

    Posted by: Seriously | May 10, 2011 3:21:51 PM


  9. I have lived in or near Minneapolis my entire life and I can honestly say I have not once faced any type of discrimination or violence or hatred. I don't know anyone who has. I've visited SF and it's a beautiful city, so gorgeous it almost doesn't seem real, but I did NOT feel safe there, even in the Castro. There are too many crazy freaks and weirdos and very aggressive homeless people. Its like everyone thinks because its SF they have the license to be as crazy as possible.

    As far as Target goes, I look at it like this: The candidate they supported didn't win, and Target donates a ton of money from purchases to a lot of charities, not just LGBT ones but LGBT charities are included. They do a lot for our community, despite the whole Emmergate thing. And hey, it's better than shopping at Wal-Mart which is vehemently unashamedly anti-gay. In a perfect world we would all buy our deodorant at the local gay mom & pop down the block, but they don't exist. Plus Target is cheap and clean.

    Posted by: AJ | May 10, 2011 3:25:08 PM


  10. "Isn't that in the state where the current legislature is just advancing an constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage?"

    Prop 8?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 10, 2011 4:46:46 PM


  11. @ David. You said: "There is no such thing as "LGBT people". That concept was made up by a bunch of well-to-do white, "queer" academics in the 1990s. The vast majority of trans people are not gay. Although our political goals may coincide on a few issues, in terms of identity we have nothing in common with them."

    The point is that we're all sexual minorities who face government-sanctioned discrimination.

    By your logic you should stick to trans bloggers. Fortunately, most trans people aren't small-minded, bitter assholes. Jerk.

    Posted by: JayJay | May 10, 2011 5:46:29 PM


  12. So does everyone know that this show is produced by Comedy Central and the the segment was filmed as comedy. I work and sing with The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and had a blast filming with Jason and the crew of the Daily Show. Both SF and Minneapolis are great places to live and every city listed as one of the gayest cities are probably great places to live as well. Watch the segment again and just laugh! It is funny!
    :-)
    Mike

    Posted by: Mike | May 10, 2011 7:10:29 PM


  13. "Both SF and Minneapolis are great places to live and every city listed as one of the gayest cities are probably great places to live as well."

    Excellent point. I love living in Minneapolis, but have always jokingly referred to SF as my mother ship.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 10, 2011 7:25:09 PM


  14. I was really kind of turned on when he was tied up and all...

    Posted by: Angela Channing | May 10, 2011 8:56:22 PM


  15. OMG that was funny. Would like to see the criteria they used - obviously something is fcked up if NYC and SF weren't right at the top of the list. However, it's nice to see other cities being deemed "gay."

    Posted by: Shane | May 11, 2011 8:21:35 AM


  16. The sisters of perpetual indulgence are probably just a group of strait men out to make us look freekish. Just the name alone makes me want to hurl. They are useless, and can do much better for us if they stay out of those clown costumes. just sayin'

    Posted by: Tim | May 11, 2011 12:42:08 PM


  17. This reminds me of the debate within the women's rights movement over the continuance of stay-at-home moms.

    My thing is, if you want to do all the old guard stuff, that's awesome. On the other hand, if you want to live in suburbia and blend in, that's great too.

    Progress is all about acceptance of ourselves and by society, let all people live how they want to live. It is silly to demonize people for their lifestyle choices (and by that, I do NOT mean sexuality).

    Instead of demonize either side, it would be far more prudent to combine our energies and eradicate the final barriers to true equality at home and abroad.

    Posted by: Stephen | May 12, 2011 1:05:31 PM


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