Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Gaily News: Tampa among most tolerant cities in America

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

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Tampa eked out a spot on The Daily Beast's list of the most tolerant cities in the United States, rounding it out at number 20. The news site considered a variety of factors when compiling the list — number of reported hate crimes, the percentage of residents who support same-sex marriages, as well as state-wide statistics regarding anti-discrimination laws, gay marriage, and religious tolerance.

According to the site's findings, Tampa had just 2.8 reported hate crime incidents per 100,000 residents, and boasted 7.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

Tampa's inclusion in the top 20 shouldn't be much of a surprise, as the entire Bay area is known for being home to a vibrant, bustling, and engaged LGBT community. And Florida should be proud overall — both Orlando and Miami also made it onto the list, at numbers 16 and 4 respectively.

A handful of studies show that same-sex couples make better parents than heterosexual couples. The results of this research come after remarks made earlier this month by Rick Santorum, in which he said having a parent in prison is better for a child than having a gay parent, and by the Pope, who said same-sex unions threaten humanity.

But, says Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist who specializes in gay and lesbian parenting, gays and lesbians actually make better parents because they choose and plan to become parents. This translates to their generally being more motivated, more committed and more involved in their children's lives than straight parents.

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