The Advocate gives a shout out to Little Rock but again snubs Dallas on Gayest Cities list

Little Rock, Ark.

The Advocate today posted its third annual list of the 15 “Gayest Cities In America,” which the national LGBT publication admits is totally subjective. The goal of the list seems to be giving props to some of the smaller, lesser-known gay-friendly cities, and the point-scoring criteria include things like number of softball teams that competed in the gay softball world series, transgender protections, and number of combined concerts by Gossip, the Cliks and the Veronicas since 2009.

I’d have to check with Rich Lopez on the concerts, but it looks like Dallas lost points for things like not having a gay bookstore, not having on out elected city official and not having a WNBA team.

Anyhow, according to the Advocate’s criteria, Salt Lake City is the Gayest City in America. And, having lived in Utah for three years, I can tell you from a good deal of firsthand experience that this designation is not entirely untrue.

The only Texas city to make this year’s list is Austin at No. 13, and Dallas, Houston and San Antonio didn’t even get honorable mentions. But the news is not all bad for our region, as I-30 neighbor Little Rock came in at No. 11. Little Rock? Yes, Little Rock. Here’s what the Advocate says:

The River Market District is the main gay area, and many businesses that don’t advertise as specifically LGBT are friendly and open. The compact city has Backstreet (1021 Jessie Rd.) and U.B.U. (TheAquarium.bizland.com) for the over-18 crowd, and those of legal drinking age can check out SixTen Center Street Bar, TraX, Miss Kitty’s/Saloon (all three at TraxNLR.com). But not all LGBT life happens in a bar: According to GayChurch.org, nine of the city’s churches advertise as LGBT-friendly. Amen!

—  John Wright

Borders to close West Village store

You may have heard Borders books is in dire straits owing millions to publishers and having thus declared bankruptcy. But now we hear that the West Village store is among 10 stores in Texas to be closed. NBC posted on their site that clearance sales could start as soon as this weekend at the stores marked for closure.

The West Village location has already posted this on their site:

This store is expected to close no later than the end of April. We?ve enjoyed serving the many customers who have shopped this store over the years. Please use our Store Locator to find another store in your area, or purchase from our vast selection of books and other merchandise here on Borders.com.

What sucks is that pulls another bookstore out of the gayborhood. Crossroads Bookstore’s closing a few years ago was monumental to the ‘hood because that was the gay bookstore of Dallas. Half Price Books used to have a location off Oak Lawn as well. Borders in West Village has a respectable LGBT section, and its closure is a bummer for the neighborhood — gay and straight.

The Preston location in Dallas is also the home for the Lesbian Book Club, which meets monthly. I’ve called their contact number for a response but only reached voicemail.

—  Rich Lopez