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Gaytrification Of The Gayborhood

Decent Essays
Gaytrification and the Eviction of the Gayborhood
Introduction
In the past two decades, scholars have expressed keen interest in the gay gentrification (gaytrification) of historically well-defined gay urban neighborhoods (gayborhoods). Their studies have been comprehensive and have shed new light on the causes and effects of gentrification within these gayborhoods. In the course of their investigations, multiple forces were identified as agents of change in the gay ghetto/gay neighborhood in the 21st Century (Bitterman & Hess, 2016; Stover, 2014). Significant threats to gay and lesbian inhabitants and businesses in gentrified gay neighborhoods throughout the United States included real estate development and skyrocketing real estate prices (Moskowitz 2014, Stover 2014). Additionally, changing demographics and social acceptance seemed on track to alter the makeup, definition, and existence of the urban gay neighborhood (Bitterman & Hess, 2016). Finally, the gayborhood’s survival as a whole was thoroughly examined, as researchers argued that gays and lesbians have not only been agents of gentrification but also casualties of it (Christafore & Leguizamon, 2016; Moskowitz, 2017).
Literature Review
To understand the transition of these gayborhoods, it is essential to delve into the origins of the gayborhood and the desire for early gays and lesbians to seek sanctuary in these urban citadels (Carlsson, 1995; Ghazani, 2014). Historically, gay men and lesbian women sought refuge
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