Poll: Where’s the D.C. Gay Neighborhood in 2011?

by Borderstan.com June 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm 1,130 6 Comments

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

Where’s the gay neighborhood in our city? Is it an increasingly outdated concept for D.C?

The Dupont-Logan area is the center of LGBT pride events each year, including the parade, which runs from Dupont Circle around to Thomas Circle NW.

The historically gay neighborhood in D.C. was, for decades, Dupont Circle. But the recognized center of the neighborhood within Dupont shifted over the years. Decades ago it was Connecticut Avenue and P Street west of the Circle. In the 1980s it began shifting to 17th Street, on the eastern end of Dupont.

Today 17th Street is still pretty much recognized as D.C.’s “gay Main Street” — only a few blocks from the Logan Circle neighborhood.

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? The gay neighborhood certainly seems to move a little farther east each year–and south and north as well.

Or, one might ask, “Does D.C. still have a single gay neighborhood?” Or even, “Does the D.C. gay community need one?”

Two of our 13 city council members are openly gay, we are one of the first “states” in the country to have same-sex marriage and members of the LGBT community increasingly move to all parts of the city.

What do you think?

We ran the same poll last year during Pride week and after voting closes for this year’s poll, we’ll compare the results. Here’s our 2011 poll.

  • I voted Logan, but really our community has spread throughout many neighborhoods in DC. Logan, DuPont & Shaw seem to dominate, but others are certainly very diverse – Columbia Heights & Petworth come to mind.

  • tom coumaris

    Since the gayborhood was demolished for Nat’s Stadium there’s not as much gay nightlife. Least not the fun riske type.

  • Mandy

    Where ever Ann Taylor Loft isn’t.

  • Mandy

    Don’t tell Ann that though, she’ll move there just for spite.

  • CW

    The Gay Diaspora begun just after Whole Foods got built in 2000’s….. And hasn’t stopped!

  • Mike

    The serious answer is when real estate prices in Dupont became too expensive for younger gays to even rent, they moved east….and continue to do so…into Logan, Shaw, Bloomingdale and Brookland. And into the ‘burbs.

    This coincided with more gay visibility and greater tolerance among straight folks and government entities (sorry, Cooch. Not talking about you or Crazy Bob Marshall.). The “need” for a gay ghetto for safety, community, and freedom of expression is not as great today as it was in the 70’s or 80’s.


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