Boystown Gayborhood

How Friendly Are Our Gayborhoods, Really?

Boystown Gayborhood

Do you live in a gayborhood? You know what I’m talking about, right? A community in a metropolitan area where large numbers of LGBT people reside. Examples include Chicago’s Boystown or WEHO in Los Angeles.

If the answer is yes, you wouldn’t be alone. Many who identify as queer choose to live in such areas because they offer an affirming environment – particularly for same-sex couples.

But does living in a gayborhood mean they are discrimination free? According to a new line of research, the answer appears to be no.

As published in the journal, City and Community, researchers found that straight people living in “gayborhoods” often say they support LGBT rights in theory, but what they say and what they do are two different things.

“There is a mistaken belief that marriage equality means the struggle for gay rights is over,” said Amin Ghaziani, the study’s senior author and associate professor of sociology at UBC. “But it is far from over. Prejudice and discrimination still exist– it’s just more subtle and difficult to detect.”

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Authored By John Lannoye
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