Seattle, Washington - Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim
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Seattle, Washington boasts the 5th highest percentage of adult residents in any U.S. city that identify as lesbian, gay, bissexual or transgender, according to a 2015 study reported by the New York Times. In 2014 it was ranked as the number one LGBTQ friendly city in the U.S. but fell to number seven in 2015. In 2020 The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) listed 7 medical centers in Seattle as being top performers or better in regards to their fair and equal treatment of staff and patients who identify as LGBTQ. The city also received a perfect score of 100 from HRC which evaluates a city's and their state's non-discrimination laws, which you can find more information on (insert link from "human rights campaign"). In addition, Seattle hosted the fourth largest Pride Parade in the country in 2019 with an estimated 500,000 members of the LGBTQ community and friends and allies in attendance. The Seattle Women's Chorus and the Seattle Men's Chorus are the largest LGBTQ identified choruses in the world.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood, just east of downtown, has long been seen as the city's gay epicenter. Here you will find rainbow painted crosswalks, public artworks, and endless entertainment. But Capitol Hill isn't the only place in the city that you will find gay friendly and gay owned businsses. The Fremont neighborhood, home to the famous Fremont troll (Troll Ave N), offers amazing views of the city, quirky shops, endless restaurants and breweries and all with a very bohemian gay-friendly vibe. Average rent in the Fremont neighborhood, as reported by RentCafe, was $2,100 as of February 2020. However, rent across the city's neighborhoods ranges from $1,354 in neighborhoods like The Highlands and up to $2,714 in the downtown neighborhood of Belltown.