The Advocate has released their list of America's gayest cities (once you discount the obvious ones like New York and San Francisco).
Knoxville... yes, Knox — home of Stacey "Can't Say Gay" Campfield — ville ... has come in at No. 8.
Yes, No. 8. In the whole nation. In spite of giving us a governor who apparently doesn't know he can veto bullshit discriminatory laws.
The state’s legislature has been an unmitigated disaster for our rights, making a law to prevent cities from adopting LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances (although, happily, the ridiculous “don’t say ‘gay’” bill is dead for now). Nevertheless, Knoxville has defiantly produced a robust gay scene, including the University of Tennessee’s Commission for LGBT People; a welcoming spot for queer, trans, and other marginalized teens at Spectrum Café (SpectrumCafe.org); gay-affirming churches; and thriving nightlife.
And Stacey Campfield! I'm sorry, Knoxville, but having Stacey Campfield should give you negative gay points.
And yes, we have David Fowler, so it's not like Nashville has much room to talk. But let's be fair — no matter how awesome a city is, if it can't set its own anti-discrimination policies, if gay kids can't be mentioned in public schools or protected from religious bullying, it can't be a truly gay-friendly city.
Which leaves every city in Tennessee off the list. And it means we need to redouble our efforts to rectify the situation.