From the shadowy walls of Weep to the twisting alleys of Ketterdam to the sleek penthouses of NYC 2118, there are dozens of intriguing settings in YA lit—and we can’t get enough. Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor’s newest epic fantasy, features her best world-building yet—so, in honor of its release, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite mysterious cities of YA.
Martin J. Walsh, Boston: “To
anyone who feels threatened today, or vulnerable, you are safe in
Boston. We will do everything
lawful in our powerful to protect you. If necessary, we will use City
Hall itself to shelter and protect anyone who’s targeted unjustly. They
can use my office, they can use any office in this building. They’ll be able to use this building as a safe space.”
Bill de Blasio, New York: “We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status.”
Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: “I want to be clear: We’re going to stay a sanctuary city. There is no
stranger among us. Whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether
you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or
Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as
you pursue the American dream.”
Ed Lee, San Francisco, with Sam Liccardo (San Jose) and Libby Schaaf (Oakland): “We will not give in to threats, or political grandstanding. Together, the Bay Area will stay true to our values of
inclusiveness, compassion and equality, and united against any and all
efforts to divide our residents, our cities, and our country.”
I wanna travel with you. I wanna lay and walk with you on the beach, watching the sunset, kiss you and hear the sound of waves. I wanna visit hand in hand cities with you. I wanna take 1000 pictures with you at the prettiest places of the world.
The HRC’s 2016 Municipal Equality Index ranked 506 cities across the country on criteria which included whether or not they have non-discrimination laws, the inclusiveness of city services and city law enforcement, including the reporting of hate crimes.
Of the 506 cities evaluated, 60 scored a perfect 100 on the HRC’s index — including some cities that were passing laws to protect LGBTQ communities even as their state legislators worked to enact anti-LGBTQ legislation.
Here are the 60 cities and municipalities, listed by state, offering LGBTQ people the most legal protections and inclusion, according to the HRC’s 2016 rankings:
Arizona: Phoenix, Tempe, Tuscon
California: Cathedral City, Guerneville (Sonoma County), Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood