Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendly

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.

The Advocate and chose the "accepting, forward-thinking, progressive college town" of Bloomington ahead of four others including Ashville, N.C.; and Ann Arbor, Mich.

The magazine's list last month was good news for the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has been promoting the town as a gay-friendly tourist destination for years.

The effort began after the 2000 Census showed Bloomington was home to the fifth-largest per-capita population of same-sex couples in the nation. The sales pitch included the creation of
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