At one of the oldest LGBT bars in Montrose, the regulars were sharing a laugh over what they had seen the night before: a group of straight women celebrating a bachelorette party. Do we call this a sign of progress, or is this our doom as Non- LGBT people move into the ‘Gayborhood’ as they “de-gaying” or “straightening” of the gay enclaves.
In the midst of more than 20 straight wins in federal courts for same-sex marriage and polling that demonstrates Americans’ growing acceptance of LGBT people, scholars and demographers say there are signs that the draw of the so-called gayborhood is fading away.
Understanding the extent of the gay and lesbian migration from gayborhoods with precision is difficult, since the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t ask all individuals about their sexuality. But the bureau does collect data on same-sex couple households, providing the best, albeit incomplete, account of the USA’s LGBT population. By that measure, the number of gay men who live in ‘gayborhoods’ nationwide has declined 8.1% while the number of lesbians has dropped 13.6% over the last decade.
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