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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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Cultural Archipelagos

Cultural Archipelagos

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There Goes the Gayborhood?

Amin Ghaziani

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how gayborhoods can persist in the present and how they will live on into the future. It is unrealistic to think that gayborhoods have always been around, that they will remain stable in their character and composition, or that they will never change. All neighborhoods, along with the cities that surround them, are organic, continually evolving places. However, it is equally naive to declare the death of the gayborhood. The chapter first considers demographic trends based on the 2000 and 2010 U.S. censuses before discussing the many different ways that our sexuality continues to direct the decisions we make about where to put down our roots. It shows that gayborhoods can reform from one place to another. This is evident in Chicago, where gays and lesbians have moved steadily north for more than a century now, colonizing one neighborhood after the next.

Keywords:   gayborhoods, neighborhoods, demographic trends, sexuality, Chicago, gays, lesbians

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