NEW YORK CITY, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Advocate, the award-winning, twice-monthly newsmagazine for LGBT people, and a flagship brand of PlanetOut Inc. (Nasdaq: LGBT), the leading media and entertainment company exclusively focused on the gay and lesbian market, has unveiled a fresh, surprising list of cities and towns in its first annual look at the 10 best places for gay and lesbian people to live in the United States. The story is in the current issue of the magazine, on newsstands today. Titled "Where We Live," the 12-page article looks outside all the traditional gay meccas to find the 10 best places for openly gay and lesbian families and singles-as well as emerging trends related to these locales. With travel tips, local interviews, demographic highlights and scenic photo spreads, The Advocate has captured the excitement and pride shaping America's top gay and lesbian communities. "The Advocate welcomes you to this new American landscape" reads the headliner of this article. "As the country opens its arms to openly gay and lesbian people, the places we call home have grown beyond urban gay ghettos." The Top Ten Places to Live chosen by The Advocate follow in alphabetical order: -- Columbus, Ohio -- Dallas, Tex. -- Ferndale, Mich. -- Ithaca, N.Y. -- Lexington, Ky. -- Missoula, Mont. -- Portland, Ore. -- San Diego, Calif. -- Santa Fe, N.Mex. -- Tucson, Ariz. Within the article, The Advocate features why each city made the list, along with census information -- including median household income and quotes from locals, business owners and political figures who tout their city's achievements in fostering a gay-friendly community. Also considered were the quality of public schools, retirement communities and condos, an integrated sense of community and the quality of environment for raising children. "We continue to find that the lives of gay people in America are evolving in surprising ways," said Anne Stockwell, newly named Editor of The Advocate. "When the magazine was founded 40 years ago, we would never have dreamed that we would be reporting on the burgeoning gay scene in Lexington, Kentucky, or that gays and lesbians would be retiring to Santa Fe. This remarkable study is evidence of a sea change in our culture and of acceptance and visibility." The Advocate Celebrating its 40 years in print this year, The Advocate is the world's leading gay and lesbian newsmagazine. The magazine reports twice monthly on news, politics, business, medical issues, and arts & entertainment. Hailed by The Washington Post as the "standard of gay journalism," The Advocate distributes more than 8 million copies each year. Please visit http://www.advocate.com. About PlanetOut Inc. PlanetOut Inc. is the leading global media and entertainment company exclusively serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. PlanetOut's digital media brands include Gay.com, PlanetOut.com, Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com and HIVPlusMag.com, as well as localized versions of the Gay.com site in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. PlanetOut print media brands, published by LPI, include The Advocate, Out, The Out Traveler and HIVPlus, as well as SpecPub, Inc. titles. Transaction services brands include e-commerce Web sites Kleptomaniac.com and BuyGay.com, travel and events marketer RSVP Vacations, and book publisher Alyson Publications, among others. PlanetOut, based in San Francisco with additional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, London and Buenos Aires, offers Global 1000 and local advertisers access to what it believes to be the most extensive multi-channel, multi-platform network of gay and lesbian people in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.planetoutinc.com.
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