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

by Borderstan.com June 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm 1,730 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 Is it an increasingly outdated concept for D.C?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.

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