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Austin is one of the most LGBT-friendly places in America

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Austin and Dallas were among the top cities for LGBT-friendliness. diogenesii.wordpress.com

A new survey ranks the most LGBT-friendly places in America, and two Texas cities made the cut. To compile its rankings, Nerdwallet.com considered the percentage of households with same-sex partners, the presence of LGBT-friendly laws, and tolerance and safety issues such as hate crimes targeting LGBT people.

 Austin ranked No. 7 on the list of the most LGBT-friendly places in America.  

 Austin ranked No. 7 on the list. It's home to the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and boasts one of the lowest rates of hate crimes against LGBT people.

Dallas came in at No. 17, just behind San Diego and ahead of Los Angeles, Phoenix and Sacramento. Both Dallas and Austin have 1.2 percent of households with same-sex partners.

On a scale of 100, Austin earned an 80.9 and Dallas scored a 72.9. Although Houston is home to one of the first openly gay mayors, Annise Parker apparently wasn't enough for H-Town to make the 20-city cut.

The No.1-ranking went to Seattle, which has 2.6 percent of residents in same-sex households and an overall score of 96.8. San Francisco and Atlanta rounded out the top three.

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