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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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There Goes the Gayborhood?

Amin Ghaziani

Princeton University Press

This book has explored the enduring yet evolving relationship between sexuality and the city, the causes and consequences of urban change, the diverse and dynamic cultures of a place, the experiences of a marginalized community on the doorstep of equality, and the protean meanings and material expressions of the gayborhood in America. Gayborhoods are artifacts of urban planning, but in the coming out era, they also embodied distinct queer cultures and communities. Today, however, they are straightening and becoming mainstream. The book concludes by suggesting that the queer spirit has become more plastic and portable in a post-gay era, which helps gayborhoods to evolve in exciting ways as many different gender and sexual minorities reinvent their relationship with them, and thus the city itself, in profound ways.

Keywords:   sexuality, urban change, gayborhoods, urban planning, coming out, queer culture, post-gay era, sexual minorities

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