Mizzou: You're so Gay


Not that there is anything wrong with that! Out Traveler, the tourist guide with a queer eye, recently ranked Columbia as No. 8 in its listing of the ten most gay-friendly college towns in the central United States.

The magazine noted that despite the 2004 murder of gay activist Jesse James Valencia, Columbia has one of the most bustling same-sex communities in Missouri. Meanwhile, the university's LGBT Resource Center is one of the busiest in the country.

Lawrence, Kansas -- home of "Gay U" err KU -- beat out rival Columbia with a seventh-place ranking. No word on how Moline, Illinois ranked in the contest.

Here's the full list of the Top Ten.

Austin, Texas
Columbus, Ohio
Madison, Wisconsin
Iowa City, Iowa
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bloomington, Indiana
Lawrence, Kansas
Columbia, Missouri
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Lincoln, Nebraska

- Chad Garrison

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.