For the past two years, in anticipation of Capital Pride, we’ve asked readers, “Where’s DC’s Gay Neighborhood?” 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.
Click here to take survey: Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood in 2012? We will share the results with you next week.
We ask the question because DC’s gay population has been shifting eastward and northward from the one-time center around Dupont Circle. In fact, in the 1980s it began shifting to 17th Street, on the eastern end of Dupont — after being centered along Connecticut Avenue and P Street NW west of Dupont Circle.
One might ask, “Does DC still have a single gay neighborhood?” Is the LGBT population spreading out across the city at a slow but steady pace?
In the 2010 and 2011 Borderstan reader polls, the top choice of readers was Logan Circle: 34% in 2011 said Logan Circle was not the city’s primary gay neighborhood, with 12% naming Dupont Circle and 8% checking U Street on the poll. In 2010, 38% of readers said Logan Circle and 14% said Dupont Circle while 6% said the U Street area.
Interestingly, in 2011, 22% said the DC gay neighborhood was “Everywhere and Nowhere” and 17% checked “This is such a 1970’s question.” The number of people who picked these options in the 2010 poll were about the same.
Today 17th Street is still pretty much recognized as D.C.’s “gay Main Street” — only a few blocks from the Logan Circle neighborhood. But, overall, 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?