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Reader Poll: Where’s the Gay Hood Now? Dupont? Logan?

by Borderstan.com June 11, 2010 at 12:44 am 1,004 5 Comments

Luis Gomez Photos Dupont Logan dc gay pride

 2010 Capital Pride weekend decorations on 17th Street NW. Is Dupont Circle and 17th Street NW still the heart of DC’s gay neighborhood? (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Dupont-Logan-U Street area is the center of gay pride events each year, including the parade which runs from Dupont Circle around to Thomas Circle NW. The historically gay neighborhood in DC was, for decades, Dupont Circle–although not so much anymore.

Is the Logan Circle area the new Dupont Circle when it comes to all things gay? Is 17th Street NW still the city’s gay Main Street? After all, the city did just co-name a stretch of 17th for gay activist Frank Kameny on Thursday.

The gay neighborhood certainly seems to move a little farther east each year–and south and north as well. One might ask, “Does DC still have a single ‘gay neighborhood?’ ” Take the poll below: Where is DC’s gay neighborhood in 2010?

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  • Taboo

    I think 17th Street NW is still the “traditional” gay Main Street. But it’s not what it used to be. One thing that amazes me is that there is not a single gay bar on 14th Street.

    Overall, Washington is a very gay friendly city (we can get married here, after all). As a result, I think gays and lesbians feel pretty comfortable living in many neighborhoods (not all) around the city. If I had to pick just one, it would be Logan.

    • TJ

      There is at least one gay bar on 14th… 1409 Playbill Cafe.

      • Right you are; an omission here. But, surprising there are no others. There are, however, gay-owned businesses.

  • BobinDC

    The 2010 census data should give us real numbers as it will have info, for the first time, on same-sex households.

  • Connie F

    Perfect Question.

    17th Street is “Gay Destination” alright, but more kids from the burbs than the city so not a hood per se, and that may be the reality these days – B & T Gays.

    Dupont is a sweet gay memory to me, like Key West. Logan / Petworth / the Hill are Metrosexual; I can’t tell who/what/where but they are really nice places for any urban type. Perhaps Name Tags should be required, especially for the cute daddies with the strollers – LOL. Honestly I welcome the changes though, whatever it feels very nice.


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