While new research shows Boystown is becoming a more fragmented LGBT community, Lakeview officials say the “gayborhood” is most certainly here to stay. The analysis is detailed in “There Goes the Gayborhood?” written by suburban Chicago native Amin Ghaziani, now an associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. It looks at things like census data, public opinion polls and interviews about Boystown from 1970 to 2010. His consensus? Gays are leaving Boystown, the Chicago gayborhood.
“Existing visible gay neighborhoods like Boystown or The Castro (in San Francisco) are in fact deconcentrating,” Ghaziani told the Chicago Tribune. “Fewer same-sex households lived in them in 2010 than in 2000. If we stop the conversation there, we might be tempted to conclude that gayborhoods are in danger of disappearing. If people move out, where do they go next?”
Lakeview officials, however, are telling ChicagoPride.com this is one “gayborhood” that’s here to stay. Rather than gays leaving Boystown, which is the nation’s first officially recognized gay village, leaders at area chambers of commerce and the alderman’s office say its simply becoming more inclusive.
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