Census: Dallas and Austin Among Country’s Gayest Cities
Two Texas cities ranked among the gayest cities in the country in 2010 census statistics that UCLA’s Williams Institute analyzed.
Dallas ranked 19 on the list of 20 cities that demographer Gary Gates developed. Austin ranked seven, right behind Sacramento, Calif. Census data, however, places Dallas above its southern neighbor as the place with the most same-sex couples in Texas-with 6,876. Austin has 4,685 same-sex couples, while the census recorded 67,413 same-sex couples in the state.
Dallas has 15.1 same sex couples per 1,000 residents, which is twice the rate of Texas as a whole. This percentage is also higher than that found in Chicago and other larger cities.
In terms of Texas; Galveston, Austin, Pflugerville and Kyle follow Dallas in terms of their concentration of same-sex couples. Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, didn’t even rank among the top five cities in the state.
"I was very surprised by this," said Dennis Coleman, executive director of Equality Texas. "All the indications are Houston has a very strong LGBT community, but even Pflugerville came out ahead."
Gates told EDGE that the new data show there is a visible LGBT community in Dallas, but he stressed the same also holds true for Houston, which has 10.6 same-sex couples per 1,000 residents. Houstonians also elected lesbian Mayor Annise Parker in Dec. 2009.
Gates said while the numbers aren’t all in yet, he expects the national average will come in around eight or nine same-sex couples per 1,000 residents. Fort Worth has only 7.9 same-sex couples per 1,000 residents, while College Station has the least in the state with 3.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 residents. San Francisco has more than 33 same-sex couples per 1,000 residents.
"Dallas is on the map," said Gates of the statistics. "It shows acceptance has increased both in Dallas and in Texas."
Bob Witeck, a marketing consultant who has worked with both Gates and the census, said the good news is the data shows a recent spike in same-sex couples in places where before there didn’t appear to be any or many.