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There Goes the Gayborhood?$
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Amin Ghaziani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158792

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158792.001.0001

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(p.102) 3 Triggers
There Goes the Gayborhood?

Amin Ghaziani

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the perspectives of Chicago residents regarding the so-called “triggers” and how they are remapping the relationship between their sexuality and the city. Sexuality does not have a singular spatial expression. This is becoming truer over time, and it is a strong indicator of assimilation. Post-gays insist that they are culturally similar to straights, and they perceive many different neighborhoods in the city as possible places to live. The chapter considers how these two familiar mechanisms work as gays and lesbians pass through certain momentous junctures in their lives. These triggers include growing older, the coming of age of a new generation, and the Internet. Thus, the “idea of all gays living in one space,” if it was ever true, is now moribund in a post-gay era. The chapter also asks why there are mixed feelings about whether gayborhoods will remain meaningful for queer youth later in their lives.

Keywords:   sexuality, Chicago, assimilation, neighborhoods, gays, lesbians, Internet, post-gay era, gayborhoods, queer youth

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