Why Are Both Public and Private Interests within Cities Becoming Increasingly Supporting of Creating a Gay Space?

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Why are both public and private interests within cities becoming increasingly supportive of the creation of “gay space”? Based on the public interest, “gay space” is important to support creative and high-tech industries. San Francisco, Washington, and San Diego, are all designed as high-tech areas in United States. According to Harvard University economist Edward Glaeser’s statistical analysis, gay workers do a better job than heterosexual (?) individual (Gates & Florida, 2002). Thus, creating diversity and inclusiveness within the population of high-tech industry areas can help to attract creativity and talent in a wide labor pool. For private interests, the gay space is perceived as a safer space than, say, the Granville Strip in…show more content…
‘Queer’ is a new term to describe those who do not feel that their identities fit into the gender categories of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered. However, they can experiment with intermittent gender (from female to male, male to female) through their dress and actions. The queer space is perceived as a ‘third place’ that occurs on the margins of society. The expectations for gendered behavior do not just fall on society at large; gay and lesbian communities also have their own gender roles to which they feel they need to conform. Within the gay community, it was traditionally tolerable to see female impersonators as long as their performances were clearly constrained to a certain place and time. However, people from outside of the gay community felt that gender variance was the best indication of homosexuality. This resulted in many gay and lesbian activists differentiating themselves from gender variance to gender normality after the 1969 Stonewall riots (Doan). Gender variant women and men were forced to change their dress and behaviors so that they were acceptable to mainstream society. Effeminate men were considered as deviant, weak, and wrong if they did not conform to the masculine identity, and they were marginalized from the gay community. “Early studies of gay male spaces focused on gay men’s interest in dominating urban territory (Castells, 1983) and stimulating neighborhood gentrification (Lauria & Knopp, 1985).” (Doan 2007, p. 62)
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