Are gay neighbourhoods turning straight?

Are gay neighbourhoods turning straight?

There are 12 comments on the CBC News story from Jul 29, 2014, titled Are gay neighbourhoods turning straight?. In it, CBC News reports that:

An influx of straight residents to traditionally gay neighbourhoods is diluting the distinct cultural identity - and potentially the voting power - of these former 'gaybourhoods', according to a sociologist at the University of British Columbia.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at CBC News.

Belle Sexton

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Jul 29, 2014
yep
Rainbow Restorations

Alpharetta, GA

#3 Jul 29, 2014
This presents a new marketing opportunity for us
.
We can restore old neighborhoods and turn them into gay-themed meccas to attract straight homebuyers
.
For instance; an old 50's neighborhood could be refurbished and renamed 'Rainbow Resort' and the straight families would flock to the place in droves
.
The cobblestone gas-lit main street would be lined with nail shoppes; hairdressers; florists; masseuses; Subaru dealers; and organic health food stores to create the Ultimate Rainbow Experience
passing by

Salina, KS

#7 Jul 29, 2014
The Good Reverend wrote:
Conservapedia,'educating' complete idiots for the better part of a decade. While I realize that ripping off others is probably the limit of your intellectual capacity, it's not something that you really should be telling everybody.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#8 Jul 29, 2014
Rainbow Restorations wrote:
This presents a new marketing opportunity for us
.
We can restore old neighborhoods and turn them into gay-themed meccas to attract straight homebuyers
.
For instance; an old 50's neighborhood could be refurbished and renamed 'Rainbow Resort' and the straight families would flock to the place in droves
.
The cobblestone gas-lit main street would be lined with nail shoppes; hairdressers; florists; masseuses; Subaru dealers; and organic health food stores to create the Ultimate Rainbow Experience
Nail shoppes and hairdressers? I thought that was what white folks complain about when black folks move in.
Christsharians on the DL

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Jul 29, 2014
The people moving into these previously gay-borhoods are progressives, in the main, pro lgbt, pro women's rights, metrosexual.

The old days of highly defined areas - gay ghettos - like the West Village or Chelsea were nice, but I'm not sure they're as necessary today.

In other words, this is progress.(Except that people with moderate incomes have to move.)
Gremlin

Louisville, KY

#10 Jul 29, 2014
Straights moving into gay neighborhoods? What a disgusting thought!

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#11 Jul 29, 2014
Christsharians on the DL wrote:
The people moving into these previously gay-borhoods are progressives, in the main, pro lgbt, pro women's rights, metrosexual.
The old days of highly defined areas - gay ghettos - like the West Village or Chelsea were nice, but I'm not sure they're as necessary today.
In other words, this is progress.(Except that people with moderate incomes have to move.)
What kind of GAY people live in gay neighbourhoods nowadays? From what I can tell, at least here in Toronto, they are under-30's who want to be where the action is and some old queens who've been there for years because they think anything further out is Siberia. But really, once one has one's fill of the nightlife scene, shouldn't one remember a passage from that favourite author of our Fundie trolls, Saul of Tarsis:

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me."

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#12 Jul 29, 2014
This so called research was only done in 2 cities and that completes the results? NOT! In our neighborhood we have us and 2 other couples and a single gay guy living all within 100 feet of each other. STR8's living all around. No big deal these days.

Since: Oct 10

San Francisco

#13 Jul 29, 2014
JohnInToronto wrote:
<quoted text>
What kind of GAY people live in gay neighbourhoods nowadays? From what I can tell, at least here in Toronto, they are under-30's who want to be where the action is and some old queens who've been there for years because they think anything further out is Siberia. But really, once one has one's fill of the nightlife scene, shouldn't one remember a passage from that favourite author of our Fundie trolls, Saul of Tarsis:
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me."
Sounds like you think gay neighborhoods are only for those who would otherwise be at Disneyland or in a convalescent home. I'm neither under 30 nor an "old queen" yet I live in a gay neighborhood, as do a lot of other middle-aged people. I doubt moving out of my home would be any sign of maturity, especially if it meant doing so for someone more "appropriate."

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#14 Jul 29, 2014
Imprtnrd wrote:
This so called research was only done in 2 cities and that completes the results? NOT! In our neighborhood we have us and 2 other couples and a single gay guy living all within 100 feet of each other. STR8's living all around. No big deal these days.
And that's the point. Gays now establish themselves in neighborhoods that are not identified as gay. I would cite three major reasons: The high valuations in gay-gentrified neighborhoods; the acceptance of gays into neighborhood societies; and the end of the ghetto as a source of affirmation.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#16 Jul 29, 2014
nhjeff wrote:
<quoted text>
And that's the point. Gays now establish themselves in neighborhoods that are not identified as gay. I would cite three major reasons: The high valuations in gay-gentrified neighborhoods; the acceptance of gays into neighborhood societies; and the end of the ghetto as a source of affirmation.
That's about it in a nutshell.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#17 Jul 30, 2014
nhjeff wrote:
<quoted text>
And that's the point. Gays now establish themselves in neighborhoods that are not identified as gay. I would cite three major reasons: The high valuations in gay-gentrified neighborhoods; the acceptance of gays into neighborhood societies; and the end of the ghetto as a source of affirmation.
I think the last in your list is probably the most important. I have lived in St. Louis for all of my 70 years, and many of those years were spent in "ghettos". Usually, gays took over older areas and began fixing them up. As they did so more liberal straights began moving in and taking them over. As time passed, and we gained more and more acceptance, ghettos began to disappear. In some ways I applaud it, and in other ways I regret it. I realize assimilation is a good thing for us in many ways, but I still will miss the "sub culture" that we once had.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Gay/Lesbian Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News 'Free Kim Davis': This is just what gay rights ... (Sep '15) 10 min why 13,081
Great Gays 10 min Big Gay Fan 4
The NE Jade Twosday Thread 13 min Shorty 8
News Sanders: Don't blame Islam for Orlando shooting 20 min Frankie Rizzo 755
News Almost one year since gay marriage ruling, LGBT... 47 min Imprtnrd 38
News Obama: Notion that being armed would have saved... 1 hr WasteWater 949
News Colo. gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake (Jun '13) 1 hr GayleWood 37,347
More from around the web