Without Place?: A Dispersed Queer Community’s Response to Gentrification

Authors: Rachael Cofield*, Florida State University
Topics: Sexuality, Urban Geography, Gender
Keywords: queer, gentrification, urban, culture, LGBTQ
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 31
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Queer persons have been seen as both the gentrifiers and more recently as victims in a continued gentrification in many cities in the United States. In the context of Atlanta, Georgia this is clearly demonstrated with the gay gentrifiers of Midtown and the subsequent out-pricing and family-friendly policies that spearheaded the decline of queer culture in the city. Considering the city’s urban sprawl and high cost of rent there is a definitive dispersion of queer persons outside of the Perimeter, and outward to more suburban areas. In this paper I trace both the historical lineage of this dispersion and provide insights into how members of the LGBTQ community make place for themselves within the constraints of an ever-increasing cost of living and without accessible physical locations to exist within.

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