Are LGBTQ People Really The Cause of Gentrification? Business

Are LGBTQ People Really The Cause of Gentrification?

Written by Daniel Villarreal on July 27, 2016
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“The more gay people your city attracts, the more tolerant it is likely to be… sexual tolerance in itself is not the sole factor, but a litmus test that measures a city’s ability to attract many diverse groups… This has often led to a basic assumption that LGBT residents are somehow synonymous with economic growth…

There’s also a major, obvious problem with the simple identification of LGBT people with gentrification. Namely: it takes one small, heavily publicised niche – affluent, usually white LGBTs – and presents them as representative of a whole spectrum of people. In the real world, non-straight people are, as a rule, less wealthy than average.”

  • Guardian writer Feargus O’Sullivan in his article “The ‘gaytrification’ effect: why gay neighbourhoods are being priced out.” O’Sullivan concludes that the focus on LGBTQ people as gentrfiers overstates their role and that LGBTQ people are merely “the thin end of a pretty thick wedge of gentrification” that actually starts with lesbians and bi women looking for affordable housing (since they often earn less than men). He also posits that LGBTQ often get priced out of the neighborhoods they gentrify, a process which threatens to break up queer communities sending poorer LGBTQ people to the margins and hiding them in less affluent neighborhoods.

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