Pride Parade 2007

Pride Parade 2007 (RedEye file photo )

Looks like Chicago’s had its first snub of 2013--advocate.com released its list of Gayest Cities in America.

Chicago seems like it would be a shoo-in for a list like this--but the Windy City was nowhere to be found. What Illinois city did make the list? Peoria.

But according to Advocate’s Editor in Chief Matthew Breen, Chicago’s prominent gay culture may be the very reason it didn’t make the list (New York, L.A., San Francisco and Miami were also neglected).

“The list deliberately defied expectations,” Breen said.

So how was the list compiled?

“We used a method that employs less obvious, less expected factors,” Breen said. “We included cities that had some of the things the GLBT community likes.”

Breen mentioned certain concerts (including the "Glee" live show) and activities such as roller derby.

“The list really sparks conversation,” Breen said.

He created the list himself, and he intended for it to surprise people. Breen said that if less cosmopolitan cities were mentioned on the list, their locals would likely ask themselves “are we really a gay-friendly city?”

Breen did agree that with our neighborhoods, nightlife and entertainment scene, Chicago is still a great place for the gay community.

“Chicago is a fantastic place,” he said.  “There’s no doubt in our minds.”

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