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Are LGBTQ People Really The Cause of Gentrification?
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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.”

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