There goes the (gay) neighbourhood: Heterosexuals now increasingly call North America's 'gayborhoods' home
A University of B.C. sociologist has written a book suggesting that traditionally gay neighbourhoods in the U.S. are becoming increasingly “straight” and could be at risk of losing their distinct cultural identity.
A news release issued by UBC on Monday morning, the start of Pride Week in Vancouver, says sociologist Amin Ghaziani found, in researching his book There goes the Gayborhood!, that San Francisco’s Castro district, New York’s Chelsea, Chicago’s Boystown and other “gayborhoods” have changed in the past 10 years as growing numbers of heterosexual households join or replace gays and lesbians who are moving elsewhere.
Ghaziani said his study found the number of gay men who live in gay enclaves has declined eight per cent since 2004, while the number of lesbians has dropped 13 per cent.
The release did not prove details on how his study was conducted, but it did say Ghaziani offered several reasons for the shift, including gentrification, changing attitudes among gays and lesbians, and growing acceptance of same-sex couples.
The release also cited new demographic trends described in the book, including unexpected clusters of same-sex parents cropping up around desirable schools in traditionally straight neighbourhoods.
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