Lifestyle Most LGBT-friendly U.S. cities: NYC ranks second, survey says Cyndi Lauper, one of the Grand Marshals at the 2012 New York Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan, blows a kiss to the thousands of people lining the streets to watch the parade. (June. 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick By REUTERS June 12, 2014 12:04 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York City ranks second on the list of U.S. cities most friendly to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, according to a newly compiled "Queer Index" released on Wednesday by an online news site. Los Angeles came in first, and San Francisco and Des Moines followed New York, said Vocativ, a site that uses its technology to mine Internet data. Los Angeles ranked especially high for couples but also has a "healthy dating pool," it said. New York remains a "mecca for gay and gender-variant youth," while San Francisco "has a queer heart that keeps on ticking." To see New York City specifics, visit vocativ.com. Calling the No. 4 ranking of Des Moines a "major jaw-dropper," Vocativ said the Iowa city earned points for an inclusive attitude toward adoption and marriage equality. Vocativ said it compiled data relevant to LGBT life in the nation's 100 most populous metropolitan areas to measure 16 factors such as same-sex marriage laws, hate crimes and hate groups, gay-friendly businesses, accessibility to adoption and hookup opportunities. "Let's face it: A great many places across America are still not that welcoming of the LGBT community," it wrote. "But there are beacons of hope - as well as cities quietly changing - and hence, the Queer Index was born." Among other cities on the list were Chattanooga, Tennessee, at No. 21 with a gay city council member and domestic partnership benefits for city employees, and Buffalo, New York, at No. 34 with a popular Pride Parade, no hate crimes and galleries and cinemas that cater to a gay population, it said. The full list of cities: 1. Los Angeles 2. New York 3. San Francisco 4. Des Moines 5. Chicago 6. Seattle 7. Albany, New York 8. Rochester, New York 9. Denver 10. Madison, Wisconsin 11. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 12. Hartford, Connecticut 13. Providence, Rhode Island 14. San Diego, California 15. Washington, D.C. 16. Portland, Oregon 17. San Jose, California 18. Boston 19. Sacramento, California 20. Minneapolis 21. Chattanooga, Tennessee 22. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 23. Honolulu 24. Riverside, California 25. Las Vegas 26. Worcester, Massachusetts 27. Fresno, California 28. Philadelphia 29. Stockton, California 30. Atlanta 31. New Haven, Connecticut 32. Syracuse, New York 33. Bakersfield, California 34. Buffalo, New York 35. Oxnard, California By REUTERS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.