Queer Index ranks 35 gay-friendly U.S. cities. So how does Dallas do?

IMG_1746The Queer Index is a survey of the 35 most LGBT-friendly cities in the U.S., based on 32 publicly available data and 16 “lifestyle metrics.” The top three are pretty much what you’d expect: Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. But how does Dallas fare?

Not so well, actually. Our hometown didn’t even crack the top 35 — and neither did Texas city Houston and Arizona’s Phoenix (all three are in the top 10 population cities in the U.S.). Indeed, the city farthest south on the list was Denver, Colo. — hardly a stalwart of ol’ Dixie.

Rounding out the top 10 are Des Moines, Iowa (No. 4), Chicago (5), Seattle (6), Albany, N.Y. (7), Rochester, N.Y. (8), Denver (9) and Madison, Wisc. (10).

Of course, the metrics themselves are fairly arbitrary. For instance, one of the 16 “key lifestyle metrics” is “availability of hookups;” a separate one is “availability of casual sex.” I’m not sure “sluttiness” and “friendliness” are comparable, but there you have it.

There were some interesting statistics, such as the highest percentage of single lesbians are in Memphis, that Boston has the highest number of anti-gay hate crimes and that more than 2,000 same-sex “casual encounters” are posted on Craigslist every day in NYC alone.

The survey was undertaken by a new media company called Vocativ; you can read the entire index here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Eye candy of the day: Ben Cohen

Just in time for our summer sports edition, a little treat for fans of gay-friendly rugby star Ben Cohen, from the photoshoot for his new calendar. I’ve met Cohen; he really is as dreamy as he appears. Sigh. And check out our stories about a local gay Olympic torchbearer, a new gay basketball league & more.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Ohlook revives “Trannie” late-night, kicks off gay-friendly summer season with “Hairspray”

Your son may not come out tomorrow, but Trannie will.

Ohlook Performing Arts Center, which debuted the weirdly sweet musical Trannie — about a cross-dressing teen searching for her two daddies — in 2011 at its previous home in Grapevine, is reviving the musical satire at their new home. It’s still a late-night, adults-only kind of show, written by Matthew Lord (he of the Redneck Tenors), with songs like “It’s a Knocked Up Life.”

It also caps off an otherwise pretty gay season planned at Ohlook: The summer season opens Friday with Hairspray (running through July 8), followed by Spring Awakening (July 13–22) and Xanadu (July 27–Aug. 5) — a triumvirate of queer-centric musical comedy (though I wouldn’t describe Spring Awakening as funny). Those shows start at 7:30 p.m., with Trannie running June 29–July 14 starting at 10:30 p.m. (on Sundays, it starts at 7:30 p.m. following an afternoon matinee). (The second half of the season features Scary Musical as the late-night show.)

We like Trannie the first time around, and Ohlook — which often performs shows aimed at children — is one of the most gay-friendly small theaters in North Texas. We like that, too.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones