EDGE was founded in Boston back in 2004, and ever since, every time it has added another city to its family of local portals, it has made a point of charting the evolution of the gayborhood in that city. At the same time, EDGE has taken the longer view, questioning whether there is even a necessity for gayborhoods as gay men, lesbians and transgender individuals become more integrated into larger society.
Back in 2007, an EDGE story questioned whether gayborhoods had become victims of their own success: “For more than 30 years, most big cities have had a district either explicitly or implicitly understood to be the place to go if you were gay — the West Village and Chelsea in New York City, Washington’s Dupont Circle, Boston’s South End.
“But, the article added, “as gays and lesbians win legal rights and greater social acceptance, community activists worry these so-called “gayborhoods” are losing their relevance. Like the bedsheet-sized rainbow flag rippling majestically at the intersection marking the entrance to the Castro, they are at a historical crossroads.”
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