wow, pretty ridiculous and inaccurate stereotype having lived in the bay area myself for 6 years on the peninsula and spending much time in the city. The mocking tone of your post of my alma-mater Stanford as having queer studies reveals a clear ignorance of that institution’s well regarded educational programs (you could only dream of attending apparently), and a hatred towards gays, but that is your problem I suppose. Besides, the Bay area ain’t all liberal, after all, particularly Stanford, home of the conservative think tank Hoover Institution where the “expert” of Russian studies, Ms Rice, spent some time acquiring her so-called expertise. Perhaps your characterization of the bay area is because you are not a professional and therefore don’t interact or know few professionals. IMO, the city is full of entrepreneurs, very interesting, dynamic, diverse and fun, and I would not hesitate to raise a family in the city or on the peninsula.