Changing Patterns in Locations of LGBTQ Businesses in Reno, Nevada, 1969-1975

Authors: John Auer*, University of Nevada - Reno
Topics: Sexuality, Cultural Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Gay, LGBTQ, Nevada, Reno
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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The wake of the Stonewall Revolution in June 1969 saw the rise of the Gay Liberation movement. One of the platforms that the movement stood for was higher visibility of LGBTQ places. After 1969 LGBTQ owned/and or patronized places in urban environments across the country exploded in number, and visibility in new ways as noted in books such as Susan Stryker’s Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pre-1969 these LGBTQ places were usually relegated to older neighborhoods where the residents did not have the political power, or voice, to have the LGBTQ establishments removed. The places before 1969 also tended to be in unincorporated areas of counties where they were not subject to intense policing by municipal police forces. Using Reno, Nevada as a case study, this paper examines the location of LGBTQ-oriented establishments with respect to high levels of growth and visibility in the metropolitan area. Results show that in 1969 the placement of LGBTQ establishments in Reno followed the pre-Stonewall example stated above, however by 1975 things had changed. During this six-year period LGBTQ-oriented establishments more than doubled and were located in highly visible parts of the city.

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