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City Recognized for Being Gay Friendly

It’s official: Alexandria is fabulous.

This truism has now been immortalized by author Gregory Kompes, who included Alexandria in his new book, “50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live.” After researching more than 400 American cities, he chose Alexandria because of its high quality of life for the gay and lesbian community.

“This recognition of Alexandria’s high quality of life and the many opportunities available to all lifestyles is a confirmation of the city’s commitment as a caring community and a travel destination that appeals to many interests,” said Jo Anne Mitchell, president the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association in a written statement. “We were pleased to receive a letter from Gregory Kompes with the announcement of this new travel and relocation guide.”

Among the criteria used in selecting the top places to live were gay-friendly city policies, positive outreach programs, gay-owned businesses and an active gay community with well-sponsored activities and events. Kompes’ research included interviews with local gay residents, community leaders and business owners and cultural leaders.

“The city of Alexandria embraces diversity, both in its citizenry and visitors to the city, and we were pleased to learn that Alexandria was selected as one of the best places in the country for gay and lesbian citizens to live,” said Karen Gautney, president of the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association. “I’ve been saying this all along, but this is a great validation of that fact.”

The association will hold a special celebration in recognition of the new designation at a reception hosted by the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in partnership with the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association on April 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.