Can gays find London on a map?

GSN finds out if gays are better at geography than Jessie J

Can gays find London on a map?
26 October 2012

Earlier this week, bisexual popstar Jessie J let slip an embarrassing secret that despite growing up in London, she still can’t find it on a map.

The Domino singer, 24, admitted: ‘I’m intelligent but I’m not academic. I’m not someone who can work out massive sums. I got 4% in my geography exam and to this day I struggle to find London on the weather map.’

This got us at GSN thinking, are we any better at geography? To find out, we asked a number of people in London’s most famous gay bar, G-A-Y in Soho.

First, the good news. Everyone we interviewed managed to point out London on a map, although one person did place it somewhere in Yorkshire.

We also found that most gays could correctly place the more exotic locations – nearly everyone asked correctly located Rio de Janeiro and Kuala Lumpur.

When asked to locate Canberra, the capital of Australia, half of those asked correctly placed it on the east coast. The other half placed it on the south coast, and one person put it in Central Australia, in an arid desert almost devoid of life.

Cape Town also proved to be tricky – while most people correctly located it in South Africa, just as many thought it was much further north than that, nearer to Nigeria and Cameroon.

Washington DC on the east coast of the USA, was only correctly identified by less than 30% of those asked. Most people believed it to be in the west, where the state of Washington is located. 10% placed it in an area that is actually Canada.

Beijing faired worst of all the cities, as nobody guessed its correct location (it’s found in the north east).

All in all, our geography skills aren’t too bad. Unlike Jessie J, at least we can find London on a map.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Connecticut gay teen is crowned school’s Prom Queen and the students go wild

Danbury High student Nasir Fleming was cheered by his fellow students when he took out the title as Prom Queen at his school dance on Friday night – becoming the first ever male at the school to take the title
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Police arrest suspected gay killer after global manhunt

A 62-year-old man was found decomposed in a Brighton flat last July leading to a worldwide search for the last man to see him alive
No thumbnail available

Why Monica Lewinsky relates to Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutgers freshman who killed himself

Woman whose affair with Bill Clinton led to impeachment was suicidal after scandal and her mother feared she would be 'literally humiliated to death'
No thumbnail available

Gay sex still banned: India Supreme Court rejects appeal

India's Supreme Court rejected the notion it had committed a 'grave error of judgement' when it recriminalized homosexuality
No thumbnail available

EU hopefuls told to improve gay rights

European Parliament calls on Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo to tackle LGBT discrimination
No thumbnail available

The Advocate selects Pope Francis as its Person of the Year

Magazine calls the Catholic pointiff the 'single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people'
No thumbnail available

Uruguay congress starts voting on gay marriage law

The country's parliament began voting this week on 29 articles that will amend the century-old civil code to legalize same-sex marriage
No thumbnail available

Rift in largest trade union in Australia threatens gay marriage influence in the Labor Party

Members of Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) say anti-marriage-equality leaders don't speak for them
No thumbnail available

New Zealand preacher: 'Gaypower' is taking over the world

'That spirit is so powerful it’s changing political institutions'