End Of Gay Culture Watch, Ctd

by Dish Staff Elizabeth Greenspan dives into Amin Ghaziani’s There Goes The Gayborhood?, which inspired Andrew’s slightly melancholic musings on Provincetown last week: Gay bars and clubs have existed since the late nineteenth century, but Ghaziani traces the rise of the gayborhood to the Second World War, when the military discharged thousands of men and women for being gay, … Continue reading End Of Gay Culture Watch, Ctd

End Of Gay Culture Watch

A reader flags this report: New research finds that traditionally gay neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly “straight” places, and could be at risk of losing their distinct cultural identity. Fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighbourhoods compared to 10 years ago, according to one of the largest studies of sexuality in the U.S. Led by University … Continue reading End Of Gay Culture Watch

End Of Gay Culture Watch

An inquiry into the lost gay bars of San Francisco – in the era of dawning equality and Grindr. The names of the old haunts are classics: The Purple Pickle, the Elephant Walk, the Gilded Cage, the Giraffe. Peke’s Palace, Connie’s “Why Not?,” Cissy’s Saloon. Mona’s Candlelight. Paper Doll, Paradox, Old Crow, Nothing Special. A mixture of … Continue reading End Of Gay Culture Watch

The End Of Gay Culture Watch, Ctd


A reader writes:

The San Francisco ban on public nudity has nothing to do with the end of Gay Culture, no more than the recent Sit-Lie ordinance aimed at homeless individuals in Haight-Ashbury has to do with the end of Hippie Culture. What has become bourgeois is San Francisco, a tech-industry boom town where business has to be very good indeed to justify paying the price to live there.  The Castro has been gradually encroached by upscale hipster-dom and all its accoutrements, namely lavish bars selling $10 Old Fashioneds instead of bottomless mimosa crawls and erotic spas.  It has been in clear decline as a "gay" area for years.  I would suggest you look elsewhere for your bellwethers of gay culture.

And shame on the city supervisors for their hypocrisy: denying those nudists at the Castro intersection who, by and large, are just out to enjoy the weather, while allowing the Saturnalia that is Folsom Street Fair.  The latter is far more invasive, far more lewd, and most notably, far more lucrative for the city.  So much for thinking of the children.

Another writes:

I'm a Castro resident (though straight, so maybe that impacts my read on things). 

The End Of Gay Culture Watch

Saletan spots another sign: San Francisco is famous for tolerating nudity. Men in chaps, jockstraps, and sometimes less stroll around at annual festivals such as the Gay Pride Parade, the Folsom Street Fair, and the Bay-to-Breakers street run. But what used to be a confined, occasional indulgence has become a chronic nuisance. … [But now] residents of … Continue reading The End Of Gay Culture Watch

End Of Gay Culture Watch: Seattle Edition

A reader writes:

Seattle ranked pretty high in the list of "gayest cities", and I agree that we're a super gay city, but I think the criteria used to determine it aren't necessarily accurate any longer.  Drag has been dying in Seattle for years, leather has never been big and The Cuff is more frequently referred to as "The Fluff," as shirtless twinks far outnumber the leather daddies around the pool table.  I don't know how we got a point for a gay bookstore.  Beyond The Closet closed years ago.  Gay bars have closed right and left over the time I've been here and The Pink Zone, which specialized in rainbow flag crap, closed down ages ago.  WNBA games do have a lot of lesbian fans, but the only Storm fans I know are all straight women and their daughters.  

In the 15 years I've lived here, Seattle seems gayer than ever, but at the same time, aside from the political protections, less obviously gay.