Understandably, the LGBT community has created strongholds in urban environments where strength in numbers offers inhabitants a voice as well as safety. Because of this, many cities have nationally recognized gay neighborhoods where we are able to live and thrive.
But in the past decade we have noticed more and more of us moving into nontraditional neighborhoods. So we asked ourselves, what is behind this gay migration? What motivates this desire to move from a pleasant gay neighborhood to one that is rife with “straight” people and in some cases high levels of crime, and even worse, a place where no gay bars exist?
We believe there are many reasons. But one that resonates with me the most is that we no longer need to self-segregate. Instead, we can feel comfortable flourishing anywhere there are good jobs, access to education, affordable health care, and adequate transportation.
As the owners of Redline, a gay bar with plans to open in downtown Los Angeles in the fall, we took a long hard look at the DTLA crowd and determined that although gay people represent only a fraction of the total downtown population, a gay change is in the air.
Unequivocally, the answer is yes, when asked if we are nervous about opening a gay bar in DTLA. However, after looking at the trends across the nation as well as speaking with many Angelenos, we stay true to our belief that a big gay migration is on its way. We asked for social acceptance, and now it’s time to mingle!
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