Nestpick has released a comprehensive and inclusive list of 100 cities ranked for their safety, inclusion and living standards for our LGBTQ+ community.
Montreal ranks on the list but took second place to Toronto when it comes to Canada.
Polls were conducted in 80 countries among LGBTQ+ communities, with thousands of cities considered for the list. Over 2500 locals in each city were polled.
The dating scene, quality of nightlife and openness were the three major lifestyle factors considered in each city - with a needed average of 2 out of 5 stars in each category for a city to make the shortlist.
Safety and LGBTQ+ rights were added as fourth and fifth categories to help define the 100 listed cities into their final rankings.
The score for each city is capped at 25 - the total sum of the 5 categories combined. For Canada, we have 4 cities on the list of 100.
At #3, Toronto is listed as the leading city for LGBTQ+ people in Canada, with a total score 22.69/25.
Montreal enters the list at #12 with 21.51/25 and is the second Canadian entry from the people polled. Vancouver and Calgary hit the #17 and #50 spots, respectively.
In total, Montreal's polls showed the following results:
|#||City||Dating||Nightlife||Openness||Safety||LGBTQ+ Rights||Total of 25|
Out of the people polled, what brought Montreal's entry point out of the top 10 was our feeling of safety in the city. This speaks volumes to me as a gay person in Montreal.
To be fair, we were only polled .64 lower than Toronto on the safety category, and the race among countries/cities is pretty tight.
For the safety factor, the study used public data provided by police departments of each of the 100 cities on the official number of hate crimes reported in 2016 per capita.
Clearly, there is lack of feeling safe among our city, and you don't have to look too hard into our gay village to understand why.
Montreal's LGBTQ+ community is polarized.
Whether you're looking at the drag community, those identifying as non-binary, trans, or anyone that is not Gay, Bisexual or Lesbian, the #Masc4Masc mentality among gay men or the discrimination among one another - there are some very clear divisions that need to stop.
Additionally, the Montreal police and city administration needs to put more effort into building trusting relationships with the LGBTQ+ community, and people of colour (in general, not just LGBTQ+).
Montreal's media industry needs to increase the visibility for our gay, lesbian, trans, bi-sexual and non-binary family.
We're on the right track, but we still have a long way to go.
When I was young, Montreal held a very special place in my heart and the type of lifestyle I had always dreamt of. Now that I live here, I have wised up to the aspects of our community that we need to work on.
How do you feel about these stats? Do you find them accurate or false?
I for one am surprised that Montreal lost out on it's top spot to Toronto - but maybe that is my own ignorance.
Check out the full list of ranked cities in the world right here.