10. Washington Square West (Philadelphia), with 4.35 percent of the vote
Philly's compact and walkable gay village has changed names as often as a drag queen swaps wigs; maybe that's why it scored so low this year. Regardless, it's a lovely little corner of the city.
9. Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.), with 4.62 percent of the vote
Washington has been declared the gayest city in the country by everyone and their gay brother. Its center of LGBT life has a bit of reputation-building before it can compete with the big boys in New York and San Francisco, though.
8. Capitol Hill (Seattle), with 6.56 percent of the vote
Seattle's queer neighborhood may not have cracked the top five, but many of us know how lovely it is. We say give it a few more years, when Seattle is even more awash in tech money and Starbucks largesse.
7. Boystown (West Hollywood/Los Angeles), with 6.88 percent of the vote
Hmmm, WeHo didn't do so hot this year. Guess Lisa Vanderpump's shiny new restaurant/bar didn't impress you all that much. WeHo's waxed/manicured inhabitants will carry on and try for next year.
6. Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale), with 7.45 percent of the vote
We can almost forgive wonderful Wilton Manors for being located in Florida, and it looks like our readers can as well. Maybe it can break off with Miami and start a new state?
5. Hell's Kitchen (New York City), with 7.74 percent of the vote
The restaurants! The bars! The boys! New York is such a mecca it can now claim several gayborhoods (and hasbeen 'hoods). We don't love being so close to Times Square, but HK makes us brave the crowds. It's that happenin'.
4. Midtown (Atlanta), with 10.68 percent of the vote
A Southern city in the top five? Indeed. Atlanta's colorful community continues to grow and influence gay culture at large (heels on men, anyone?), with Midtown serving as the nexus.
3. Castro (San Francisco), with 10.99 percent of the vote
2. Boystown (Chicago), with 19.49 percent of the vote
Last year's number one drops to number two. That's still pretty impressive, Chicago. Guess Halsted Street is just as clean, friendly, and fun as ever.
1. Oak Lawn (Dallas), with 21.24 percent of the vote
Here you have it: your favorite gayborhood in the nation. Packed with nightlife and eateries, a stone's throw from the design district and downtown, Oak Lawn is a shining star in a city soaked with money and privilege. Funny thing about Dallas though, is that every gay we meet from there is down-to-Earth and sweet as an ice cream cone on an August day.