There is evidence both in my research and the research that other sociologists have conducted that some lesbians like to live in their own areas because they perceive gay neighbourhoods as unwelcoming. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter.
Mollies Urnings. District of Columbia. In the s, the Church Street Community Centre became the meeting place for numerous social and political groups and became well known as an LGBT friendly space. Retrieved April 30,
Neighbourhoods like Church and Wellesley were centred on gay-friendly bars, Kinsman says. Category Portal. The Short North in downtown Columbus, Ohio is primarily known as an art district, but has a strong gay community and a high concentration of gay-oriented clubs and bars.
Sociologists call this homophily.
RmhermenMar 3, UTC. I assume "named" is in the title to limit the scope to avoid adding that little area down on 5th street between Elm and Main that everyone knows is populated by Poles but doesn't have a real "name". For example, Boystown in Chicago is a very well-defined gay village situated within the larger Lakeview neighborhood.
There's also an emerging trend to creating LGBT retirement communities in many cities where there's a need to create something like a gaybourhood for an aging demographic. Glancing at it, entire cities are listed, when only a district within them is an enclave.
This designation is well-deserved — and long overdue. This transition "from the bars to the streets, from nightlife to daytime, from 'sexual deviance' to an alternative lifestyle" was the critical moment in the development of the gay community.
As a sociology professor, I have studied the cultural, political, and spatial expressions of sexuality my entire career.