Leading with the apocalyptic news of this year’s cancellation of the Castro’s legendary Halloween Parade, The New York Times delves into the continuing erosion of neighborhoods which once identified as “gay”–and with which the gay community once identified itself.
These are wrenching times for San Francisco’s historic gay village,” Times reporter Patricia Leigh Brown writes. “With population shifts, booming development, and a waning sense of belonging that is also being felt in gay enclaves across the nation, from Key West, Fla., to West Hollywood, as they struggle to maintain cultural relevance in the face of gentrification.”
The piece goes on to quote Don F. Reuter, a New York author currently writing a book chronicling the rise and fall of the U.S. gayborhood: “Claiming physical territory was a powerful act, but the gay neighborhood is becoming a past-tense idea.”
“Gay Enclaves Face Prospect of Being Passe” [New York Times]