Comprehensive catalog of gay neighborhoods in major international locations
Sheds new light on the assumptions underlying neighborhood change
Intersects sociological trends of the millennial generation as an emerging demographic with traditional understandings of residential location preference
Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)
Table of contents (17 chapters)
Identity and Evolution
Co-Relation and Dialectic
Signifiying Meaning and Memory Across Generations
About this book
This open access book examines the significance of gay neighborhoods (or ‘gayborhoods’) from critical periods of formation during the gay liberation and freedom movements of the 1960s and 1970s, to proven durability through the HIV/AIDS pandemic during the 1980s and 1990s, to a mature plateau since 2000. The book provides a framework for contemplating the future form and function of gay neighborhoods. Social and cultural shifts within gay neighborhoods are used as a framework for understanding the decades-long struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.
Resulting from gentrification, weakening social stigma, and enhanced rights for LGBTQ+ people, gay neighborhoods have recently become “less gay,” following a 50-year period of resilience. Meanwhile, other neighborhoods are becoming “more gay,” due to changing preferences of LGBTQ+ individuals and a propensity for LGBTQ+ families to form community in areas away from established gayborhoods. The current ‘plateau’ in the evolution of gay neighborhoods is characterized by generational differences—between Baby Boom pioneers and Millennials who favour broad inclusivity—signaling various possible trajectories for the future ‘afterlife’ of these important LGBTQ+ urban spaces.
The complicating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic provides a point of comparison for lessons learned from gay neighborhoods and the LGBTQ+ community that bravely endured the onset of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars in various disciplines—including sociology, social work, anthropology, gender and sexuality, LGTBQ+ and queer studies, as well as urban geography, architecture, and city planning—and to policymakers and advocates concerned with LGBTQ+ rights and social justice.
- Neighbourhood Planning
- Urban Change
- Generational Change
- Urban Planning
- Open Access
- landscape/regional and urban planning
- gender and sexuality
“The volume is a stimulating and enjoyable anthology, which is on the whole well written and richly illustrated. Notably, it remains low on jargon and thus accessible to audiences beyond academia or the professional realm. … The Life and Afterlife of Gay Neighborhoods will find-and reward-multiple audiences, a process aided by its democratizing open-access availability.” (Manish Chalana, Journal of the American Planning Association, June 9, 2022)
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Architecture and Design, Alfred State University of New York, New York, USA
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
Daniel Baldwin Hess
About the editors
Alex Bitterman, MArch, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Architecture and Design at Alfred State University of New York in Alfred, New York and a fellow of the New York State Council for the Humanities. Bitterman is founding editor of Multi: The Journal of Diversity in Design and a member of the editorial board of Critical Studies in Men's Fashion, published by Intellect.
Daniel Baldwin Hess, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is co-editor of the journal Town Planning Review and is co-editor of Housing Estates in Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Segregation, and Policy Challenges (Springer, 2018) and Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries: The Legacy of Central Planning in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (Springer, 2019).
Together, the two co-editors have expertise in urban geography, city planning, architecture, urban identity, morphology and design, social exclusion, segregation, and inequity. Hess and Bitterman are authors of more than a dozen articles about gay neighborhoods including: “Effects of Gentrification and Real Estate Market Escalation on Lesbian and Gay Neighborhoods” (Hess, 2018, Town Planning Review); “Rainbow diaspora: the emerging renaissance of gay neighbourhoods.” Bitterman, 2020, Town Planning Review); “Gay Ghettoes Growing Gray: Transformation of gay urban districts across North America reflects generational change” (Bitterman and Hess, 2016, Journal of American Culture); “For Many Gay Men, the Current Pandemic Is Triggering HIV/AIDS Trauma” (Bitterman, 2020, The Advocate); “Will Gay and Lesbian Neighborhoods Resurge?” (Bitterman and Hess, 2016, Washington Blade); “The Queer-normative Influence Towards an Inclusive and Multisthetic Transformation in Men’s Fashion” and “Getting Beyond the Fear of Queer: The transition from gender-specific fashion to inclusive style” (Bitterman, 2016, Critical Studies in Men's Fashion).
Book Title: The Life and Afterlife of Gay Neighborhoods
Book Subtitle: Renaissance and Resurgence
Editors: Alex Bitterman, Daniel Baldwin Hess
Series Title: The Urban Book Series
Publisher: Springer Cham
eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-66072-7Published: 20 March 2021
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-66075-8Published: 12 May 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-66073-4Published: 19 March 2021
Series ISSN: 2365-757X
Series E-ISSN: 2365-7588
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXIII, 427
Number of Illustrations: 14 b/w illustrations, 92 illustrations in colour
Topics: Human Geography, Sociocultural Anthropology, Urban Economics