Dallas’s Cedar Springs Gayborhood Evolving

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The news flew up and down Cedar Springs Road last week, and within an hour, thousands of people had shared on Facebook and through text messages that after more than 40 years in business, Richard Longstaff was closing Union Jack. The online comments reflected community members’ sorrow over the loss of a business that through the decades has stood guard over a street now synonymous with Dallas’ LGBT community.

“So sad,” commented Juan Lucero. “You were always friendly and helpful and the one constant place on the block.” And Union Jack was, if anything, constant.

In the early 1970s, Cedar Springs wasn’t the gay asphalt ribbon that had taken its place in the gay lexicon, along with Westheimer Road in Houston. In those days, it was just another Dallas street, but when Longstaff, a Brit, planted the Union Jack and marked his territory, he unknowingly began the street’s transformation into a corridor that today takes people through the heart of gay Dallas.

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Authored By David Taffet – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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