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** Subverted in San Antonio, Texas, despite the claims of any neighborhood with more than one gay bar. The city's general attitude towards LGBT people and culture changed practically overnight, so by the time San Antonio was ready for a gayborhood, there wasn't a need for one. A few neighborhoods try to capitalize on this trope, but there isn't really a gayest place in the city.

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** Subverted in San Antonio, Texas, despite the claims of any neighborhood with more than one gay bar. The military-heavy city's general attitude towards LGBT people and culture changed practically overnight, so by the time San Antonio was ready for a gayborhood, there wasn't a much need for one. A few neighborhoods try to capitalize on this trope, but there isn't really a gayest place in the city.


** Subverted in San Antonio, Texas, despite the claims of any neighborhood with two or more adjacent gay bars. The city's general attitude towards LGBT people and culture changed practically overnight, so by the time San Antonio was ready for a gayborhood, there wasn't a need for one. A few neighborhoods try to capitalize on this trope, but there isn't really a gayest place in the city.

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** Subverted in San Antonio, Texas, despite the claims of any neighborhood with two or more adjacent than one gay bars.bar. The city's general attitude towards LGBT people and culture changed practically overnight, so by the time San Antonio was ready for a gayborhood, there wasn't a need for one. A few neighborhoods try to capitalize on this trope, but there isn't really a gayest place in the city.


** Subverted in San Antonio, Texas, despite the claims of any neighborhood with two or more adjacent gay bars. The city's general attitude towards LGBT people and culture changed practically overnight, so by the time a gayborhood was feasible, there wasn't a need for one. A few neighborhoods try to capitalize on this trope, but there isn't really a gayest place in the city.

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** Subverted in San Antonio, Texas, despite the claims of any neighborhood with two or more adjacent gay bars. The city's general attitude towards LGBT people and culture changed practically overnight, so by the time a gayborhood San Antonio was feasible, ready for a gayborhood, there wasn't a need for one. A few neighborhoods try to capitalize on this trope, but there isn't really a gayest place in the city.


In real life, gayborhoods got started under the threat of homophobia. Gays were motivated to live close to each other so they could have a community that wouldn't judge them. Many also wanted to minimize interaction with hostile police departments. For example, West Hollywood became a gayborhood because it used to be unincorporated territory under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who at the time was much less homophobic than the LAPD. In other cities, gayborhoods are either upscale parts of town where gay couples with two incomes and no kids could settle and make their lives, or working-class neighborhoods neither expensive nor crime-ridden, where gays would renovate the houses and open businesses, gentrifying the area over time until it ''became'' upscale, for better or for worse.

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In real life, gayborhoods got started under the threat of homophobia. Gays were motivated to live close to each other so they could have a community that wouldn't judge them. Many also wanted to minimize interaction with hostile police departments. For example, West Hollywood became a gayborhood because it used to be unincorporated territory under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Department, who at the time was much less homophobic than the LAPD. In other cities, gayborhoods are either upscale parts of town where gay couples with two incomes and no kids could settle and make their lives, or working-class neighborhoods neither expensive nor crime-ridden, where gays would renovate the houses and open businesses, gentrifying the area over time until it ''became'' upscale, for better or for worse.


** The one in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}--the area from Broad to 9th, Market to Spruce, forming an approximate square immediately southeast of City Hall--is ''usually'' called "the Gayborhood." Its "proper" name is "Washington Square West", but most natives will laugh in your face if you use that name.[[note]]Technically, Washington Square West includes some bits that aren't Gayborhood, but nobody cares about those areas unless they’re in the market for high-end real estate. If you’re giving directions to or describing the location of somewhere in the non-Gayborhood parts of WSW you usually just give the cross streets or say “near the Gayborhood”.[[/note]] Tourists often stumble upon it by accident as it's in Center City ("downtown") between the Independence Mall (where Independence Hall and all that touristy [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary]] stuff are) and the main business district surrounding City Hall, and are surprised to find that even the ''street signs'' have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:13th_Gayborhood.jpg rainbow theme]].

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** The one in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}--the area from Broad 11th to 9th, Market Broad, Walnut to Spruce, Pine, forming an approximate square immediately southeast of City Hall--is Hall, centered somewhere around the 1200 block of Locust Street--is ''usually'' called "the Gayborhood." Its "proper" name is "Washington Square West", but most natives will laugh in your face if you use that name.[[note]]Technically, Washington Square West includes some bits that aren't Gayborhood, but nobody cares about those areas unless they’re in the market for high-end real estate. If you’re giving directions to or describing the location of somewhere in the non-Gayborhood parts of WSW you usually just give the cross streets or say “near the Gayborhood”.[[/note]] Tourists often stumble upon it by accident as it's in Center City ("downtown") between the Independence Mall (where Independence Hall and all that touristy [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary]] stuff are) and the main business district surrounding City Hall, and are surprised to find that even the ''street signs'' have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:13th_Gayborhood.jpg rainbow theme]].


** The one in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}--the area from Broad to 9th, Market to Spruce, forming an approximate square immediately southeast of City Hall--is ''usually'' called "the Gayborhood." Its "proper" name is "Washington Square West", but most natives will laugh in your face if you use that name.[[note]]Technically, Washington Square West includes some bits that aren't Gayborhood, but nobody cares about those areas unless they’re in the market for high-end real estate. If you’re giving directions to somewhere in the non-Gayborhood parts of WSW you usually just give the cross streets or say “near the Gayborhood”.[[/note]]. Tourists often stumble upon it by accident as it's in Center City ("downtown") between the Independence Mall (where Independence Hall and all that touristy [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary]] stuff are) and the main business district surrounding City Hall, and are surprised to find that even the ''street signs'' have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:13th_Gayborhood.jpg rainbow theme]].

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** The one in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}--the area from Broad to 9th, Market to Spruce, forming an approximate square immediately southeast of City Hall--is ''usually'' called "the Gayborhood." Its "proper" name is "Washington Square West", but most natives will laugh in your face if you use that name.[[note]]Technically, Washington Square West includes some bits that aren't Gayborhood, but nobody cares about those areas unless they’re in the market for high-end real estate. If you’re giving directions to or describing the location of somewhere in the non-Gayborhood parts of WSW you usually just give the cross streets or say “near the Gayborhood”.[[/note]]. [[/note]] Tourists often stumble upon it by accident as it's in Center City ("downtown") between the Independence Mall (where Independence Hall and all that touristy [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary]] stuff are) and the main business district surrounding City Hall, and are surprised to find that even the ''street signs'' have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:13th_Gayborhood.jpg rainbow theme]].


** UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} is also a good contender for the title of the South's Gayborhood, though that largely depends on whether you think Miami is Southern as opposed to New York's Sixth Borough. Within the Miami area itself, Miami Beach especially has this reputation, hence why the [[Film/TheBirdcage 1996 American remake]] of ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'' moved the setting there; the gay community is often credited for sparking Miami Beach's revitalization after the drug wars of TheEighties gave the whole of South Florida a reputation as [[TheCartel Cartel Country]]. Wilton Manors, a city just north of Fort Lauderdale, also has rainbow flags flying above every other storefront, especially with Miami Beach growing increasingly gentrified.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} is also a good contender for the title of the South's Gayborhood, though that largely depends on whether you think Miami is Southern as opposed to New York's Sixth Borough.Borough (or the seventeenth province of Cuba or the eleventh department of Haiti or the capital of the Caribbean). Within the Miami area itself, Miami Beach especially has this reputation, hence why the [[Film/TheBirdcage 1996 American remake]] of ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'' moved the setting there; the gay community is often credited for sparking Miami Beach's revitalization after the drug wars of TheEighties gave the whole of South Florida a reputation as [[TheCartel Cartel Country]]. Wilton Manors, a city just north of Fort Lauderdale, also has rainbow flags flying above every other storefront, especially with Miami Beach growing increasingly gentrified.


A CastFullOfGay in real life. It's the part of a major city that a good portion of its LGBT+ community calls home. Rainbow flags hang from the streetlights, and the streets are lined with [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay bars]], boutiques, trendy cafes, and overpriced housing. You're likely to run into any of the QueerAsTropes archetypes and their [[FagHag friends]], see two men hold hands without fear of retribution, and meet {{butch lesbian}}s and {{manly gay}}s who'll beat the ass of anyone who dares try.

Due to gentrification, the Gayborhood is often an upscale district, feeding the stereotype that all gay people have money out the yinyang. [[TheFundamentalist Religious fundamentalists]] often preach about the evils of "''that'' part of town," seeing it as a modern-day [[Literature/TheBible Sodom and Gomorrah]], where prostitution and drug abuse run rampant, [[DepravedHomosexual depraved homosexuals]] have bare buttsecks out of seedy bathhouses, and where one can't so much as bend over to pick up change without having a {{Leatherman}} on top of him like white on rice ([[ArmoredClosetGay how they know]] [[ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge all of this is]] [[YouAreWhatYouHate a different story]]).

The more touristy gayborhoods are often known as "gay meccas," as in, someplace every gay person (...who makes enough money to leisurely travel and has enough interest in the scene) should visit at least once. These areas might be separate from a big city, and quite affluent due to the tourism. Stories based here tend to feed stereotypes that gay people (particularly the men) do nothing but lounge around pools and have sex all day.

Stories with a predominantly-gay cast are often based in this setting. [[TheTwink Twinks]] in the midst of their ComingOutStory will visit the bars here on their first taste of the night life. Straight characters who come here for the first time are often in a state of wonder or paranoia towards the locals. The Gayborhood will often [[{{Socalization}} visually resemble San Francisco's world-famous Castro district]], even if no other part of the city has a streetcar (and the famous cable cars don't actually run [[RealityIsUnrealistic anywhere near the Castro]]). However, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_village real-life gayborhoods]] are as diverse as the cities they're based in.

In real life, gayborhoods got started under the threat of homophobia. Gays were motivated to live close to each other so they could have a community that wouldn't judge them. Many also wanted to minimize interaction with hostile police departments. For example, West Hollywood became a gayborhood because it used to be unincorporated territory under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who at the time were much less homophobic than the LAPD. In other cities, gayborhoods are either upscale parts of town where gay couples with two incomes and no kids could settle and make their lives, or working-class neighborhoods neither expensive nor crime-ridden, where gays would renovate the houses and open businesses, gentrifying the area over time until it ''became'' upscale, for better or for worse.

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A CastFullOfGay in real life. It's the part of a major city that a good portion of its LGBT+ community calls home. Rainbow flags hang from the streetlights, and the streets are lined with [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay bars]], boutiques, trendy cafes, and overpriced housing. You're likely to run into any of the QueerAsTropes archetypes and their [[FagHag friends]], see two men hold hands without fear of retribution, retribution and meet {{butch lesbian}}s and {{manly gay}}s who'll beat the ass of anyone who dares try.

Due to gentrification, the Gayborhood is often an upscale district, feeding the stereotype that all gay people have money out the yinyang.yin-yang. [[TheFundamentalist Religious fundamentalists]] often preach about the evils of "''that'' part of town," seeing it as a modern-day [[Literature/TheBible Sodom and Gomorrah]], where prostitution and drug abuse run rampant, [[DepravedHomosexual depraved homosexuals]] have bare buttsecks out of seedy bathhouses, and where one can't so much as bend over to pick up change without having a {{Leatherman}} on top of him like white on rice ([[ArmoredClosetGay how they know]] [[ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge all of this is]] [[YouAreWhatYouHate a different story]]).

The more touristy gayborhoods are often known as "gay meccas," as in, someplace every gay person (...who makes enough money to leisurely travel and has enough interest in the scene) should visit at least once. These areas might be separate from a big city, and quite affluent due to the tourism. Stories based here tend to feed stereotypes that gay people (particularly the men) do nothing but lounge around pools and have sex all day.

Stories with a predominantly-gay cast are often based in this setting. [[TheTwink Twinks]] in the midst of their ComingOutStory will visit the bars here on their first taste of the night life.nightlife. Straight characters who come here for the first time are often in a state of wonder or paranoia towards the locals. The Gayborhood will often [[{{Socalization}} visually resemble San Francisco's world-famous Castro district]], even if no other part of the city has a streetcar (and the famous cable cars don't actually run [[RealityIsUnrealistic anywhere near the Castro]]). However, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_village real-life gayborhoods]] are as diverse as the cities they're based in.

In real life, gayborhoods got started under the threat of homophobia. Gays were motivated to live close to each other so they could have a community that wouldn't judge them. Many also wanted to minimize interaction with hostile police departments. For example, West Hollywood became a gayborhood because it used to be unincorporated territory under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Department who at the time were was much less homophobic than the LAPD. In other cities, gayborhoods are either upscale parts of town where gay couples with two incomes and no kids could settle and make their lives, or working-class neighborhoods neither expensive nor crime-ridden, where gays would renovate the houses and open businesses, gentrifying the area over time until it ''became'' upscale, for better or for worse.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has even ''islands'' full with homosexuals. Amazon Lily is an all-women island where reproduction only happens outside of it. All women are in love with Empress Boa Hancock, and many of them admire the other Boa sisters, too, Sandersonia and Marigold. And Okama Kingdom is a island where everyone is either a transgender woman or a transvestite.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has even ''islands'' full with homosexuals. Amazon Lily is an all-women island where reproduction only happens outside of it. All women are in love with Empress Boa Hancock, and many of them admire the other Boa sisters, too, Sandersonia and Marigold. And Okama Kingdom is a an island where everyone is either a transgender woman or a transvestite.



--> '''Val''': Um, Dad, could we hire a, say, a straight maid for tonight?
--> '''Armand:''' There are no straight maids in South Beach.

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--> '''Val''': -->'''Val''': Um, Dad, could we hire a, say, a straight maid for tonight?
--> '''Armand:''' -->'''Armand:''' There are no straight maids in South Beach.



** Likewise the fictioanlized film ''Milk''.

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** Likewise the fictioanlized fictionalized film ''Milk''.



* Brendon Burns had a bit which provided the former page quote for DiscriminateAndSwitch. He is talking about a particular upscale Gayborhood, and mentions that he saw a lot of gay men living there but very few lesbians ([[GirlOnGirlIsHot and felt ripped off because of it]]). He theorizes that, in general, lesbians can't afford to live there, while gay men can, because they usually have a lot of money. "Why is that, you ask? BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A FRIGGIN' [[GoldDigger GIRLFRIEND]]! That's right, at first it seemed like I was going to be homophobic, turns out I'm just sexist."

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* Brendon Burns had a bit which provided the former page quote for DiscriminateAndSwitch. He is talking about a particular upscale Gayborhood, Gayborhood and mentions that he saw a lot of gay men living there but very few lesbians ([[GirlOnGirlIsHot and felt ripped off because of it]]). He theorizes that, in general, lesbians can't afford to live there, while gay men can, can because they usually have a lot of money. "Why is that, you ask? BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A FRIGGIN' [[GoldDigger GIRLFRIEND]]! That's right, at first it seemed like I was going to be homophobic, turns out I'm just sexist."



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has the Queens district in San Fierro, based on the Castro and San Francisco, respectively. It was a pleasant surprise to see the area treated with no more derision than usual for GTA. That is, there's no "Rampage" mission and it's treated as another one of the three cities' cultural districts. Still, there's not much to actually ''do'' there besides play a RhythmGame in [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame Gaydar Station]].

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has the Queens district in San Fierro, based on the Castro and San Francisco, respectively. It was a pleasant surprise to see the area treated with no more derision than usual for GTA. That is, there's no "Rampage" mission and it's treated as another one of the three cities' cultural districts. Still, there's not much to actually ''do'' there besides play playing a RhythmGame in [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame Gaydar Station]].



** Not to mention the time the Simpsons were being taken on a tour around town by a gay aquaintance and ran into Mr Smithers in one of these.

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** Not to mention the time the Simpsons were being taken on a tour around town by a gay aquaintance acquaintance and ran into Mr Mr. Smithers in one of these.



** UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} has Shadyside, and ''not'' Liberty Avenue as depicted on ''Queer as Folk''.[[note]]In reality that's the main downtown strip. While Liberty does have a couple gay bars, hosts the annual Pride festival, and has a reputation for transgender prostitutes, these have more to do with its central location than a queer populace.[[/note]] But since Shadyside is also one of the most ''expensive'' parts of town, gays have spilled into the entire East Side. Altogether, Pittsburgh's LGBT community is much less centralized than in other cities.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} has Shadyside, and ''not'' Liberty Avenue as depicted on ''Queer as Folk''.[[note]]In reality that's the main downtown strip. While Liberty does have a couple of gay bars, hosts the annual Pride festival, and has a reputation for transgender prostitutes, these have more to do with its central location than a queer populace.[[/note]] But since Shadyside is also one of the most ''expensive'' parts of town, gays have spilled into the entire East Side. Altogether, Pittsburgh's LGBT community is much less centralized than in other cities.



** The stereotype is that Brighton is the Gayborhood for the whole of the UK - in reality it has one of its own in Kemptown.
** Manchester's Canal Street (more than one vandal tried scraping the C off the road signs), the setting of the UK ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. The whole region surrounding it is referred to as the gay village so often that it's almost the official name of the distract. Often called "The village" for short.

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** The stereotype is that Brighton is the Gayborhood for the whole of the UK - in reality reality, it has one of its own in Kemptown.
** Manchester's Canal Street (more than one vandal tried scraping the C off the road signs), the setting of the UK ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. The whole region surrounding it is referred to as the gay village so often that it's almost the official name of the distract.district. Often called "The village" for short.



** The Glockenbach Viertel (Glockenbach neighborhood) in Munich, Germany used to be this. Nowadays it is still to a certain extent, but due to gentrification and a lot of clubs it has grown beyond the stereotype.

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** The Glockenbach Viertel (Glockenbach neighborhood) in Munich, Germany used to be this. Nowadays it is still to a certain extent, but due to gentrification and a lot of clubs clubs, it has grown beyond the stereotype.



** Toronto has Church Street, so called because it has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a big church on it]]. St. Michael's Cathedral is probably the origin of the name, though there are also a couple other large ones in the area. Strangely enough, not Queen Street ([[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation lame joke]]).[[note]]Queen Street is named after ''[[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria the]]'' Queen for most of Toronto's time as a young city, and is the baseline for surveying in the surrounding region; it runs right through downtown.[[/note]] While the two do intersect, the Gay Village peters out around that area and it gets kinda ghetto.

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** Toronto has Church Street, so called because it has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a big church on it]]. St. Michael's Cathedral is probably the origin of the name, though there are also a couple of other large ones in the area. Strangely enough, not Queen Street ([[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation lame joke]]).[[note]]Queen Street is named after ''[[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria the]]'' Queen for most of Toronto's time as a young city, and is the baseline for surveying in the surrounding region; it runs right through downtown.[[/note]] While the two do intersect, the Gay Village peters out around that area and it gets kinda ghetto.



** UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}'s Gay Village is centered on the eastern part of the Rue Sainte-Catherine, which is the main artery through Downtown. Montreal is actually really weird in this respect, because not only is the gay village on the main drag near the heart of Downtown, but so are a shit-ton of (straight) strip clubs. Of course, Montreal is weird in general. Awesome, but weird.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}'s Gay Village is centered on the eastern part of the Rue Sainte-Catherine, which is the main artery through Downtown. Montreal is actually really weird in this respect, because not only is the gay village on the main drag near the heart of Downtown, Downtown but so are a shit-ton of (straight) strip clubs. Of course, Montreal is weird in general. Awesome, but weird.



* Tel Aviv is, to some extent, trying to market itself as such, and it is indeed one of the most gay friendly parts of UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, if not the most friendly (this, of course, exludes the poorer parts of Tel Aviv, namely southern Tel Aviv).
** It's certainly the most gay-friendly city in the Middle East, but that isn't saying very much--even within Israel.

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* Tel Aviv is, to some extent, trying to market itself as such, and it is indeed one of the most gay friendly gay-friendly parts of UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, if not the most friendly (this, of course, exludes excludes the poorer parts of Tel Aviv, namely southern Tel Aviv).
** It's certainly the most gay-friendly city in the Middle East, but that isn't saying very much--even much -- even within Israel.
Israel.


*** The whole of Paris is sometimes {{Flanderized}} as this for the whole of France, although mentioning "le Marais" is as explicit (even outside of Paris, and among straight people) as mentioning "Castro Street" in the US.

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*** The whole of Paris is sometimes {{Flanderized}} as this for the whole of France, although mentioning "le Marais" is as explicit (even outside of Paris, and among straight people) as mentioning "Castro Street" "The Castro District" in the US.


** Toronto has Church Street, so called because it has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a big church on it]]. St. Michael's Cathedral is probably the origin of the name, though there are also a couple other large ones in the area. Strangely enough, not Queen Street ([[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation lame joke]]).[[note]]Queen Street is named after ''[[UsefulNotes/QueenVicky the]]'' Queen for most of Toronto's time as a young city, and is the baseline for surveying in the surrounding region; it runs right through downtown.[[/note]] While the two do intersect, the Gay Village peters out around that area and it gets kinda ghetto.

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** Toronto has Church Street, so called because it has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a big church on it]]. St. Michael's Cathedral is probably the origin of the name, though there are also a couple other large ones in the area. Strangely enough, not Queen Street ([[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation lame joke]]).[[note]]Queen Street is named after ''[[UsefulNotes/QueenVicky ''[[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria the]]'' Queen for most of Toronto's time as a young city, and is the baseline for surveying in the surrounding region; it runs right through downtown.[[/note]] While the two do intersect, the Gay Village peters out around that area and it gets kinda ghetto.


** As noted in the description, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco's Castro District. Famous enough that it often gets conflated with the entire city in popular culture; many people consider all of San Francisco to be America's gayborhood. And as a bit of TruthInTelevision it really is rather upscale these days and you probably can't afford to live there. No matter who you fancy. Gentrification, and then the general Bay Area housing crisis, combined with the success of the gay rights movement, have led to this trope dying out in the Bay Area. As gay people receive more acceptance from mainstream society, there's less need to live in a special part of town for protection or to find partners. Bay Area news reports are full of how gay-oriented businesses in the Castro are dying, and how high-class clubs are causing long time residents to be angry at the drunks hanging around Sunday at noon.

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** As noted in the description, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco's Castro District. Famous enough that it often gets conflated with the entire city in popular culture; many people consider all of San Francisco to be America's gayborhood. And as a bit of TruthInTelevision TruthInTelevision, it really is rather upscale these days and you probably can't afford to live there. No matter who you fancy. Gentrification, and then the general Bay Area Area's housing crisis, combined with and the success of the gay rights movement, movement have all led to this trope dying out in the Bay Area. As gay people receive more acceptance from mainstream society, there's less need to live in a special part of town for protection or to find partners. Bay Area news reports are full of how gay-oriented businesses in the Castro are dying, and how high-class clubs are causing long time longtime residents to be angry at the drunks hanging around Sunday at noon.



** Fire Island is a popular getaway for NYC's gay community. In one story, Creator/DavidSedaris talks about a guy whose apartment he once cleaned used references to Fire Island to signal that he wanted to have sex with Sedaris, not realizing that he had mixed up Sedaris--who actually cleaned apartments--with a gay "house cleaning" service that actually...well...[[TheOldestProfession they didn't so much clean your house as "clean your house"]].
** Provincetown (for the boys) and Northampton (for the girls), Massachusetts. Boston also has the South End (which, incidentally, should never be confused with [[{{Southies}} South Boston]] if you value your life), though Jamaica Plain has been seeing its share of runoff in the face of mounting gentrification in the South End. P-town, ironically, is where [[TheFundamentalist the Pilgrims]] first arrived in America; they signed the famous Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor and sailed to the West End of Cape Cod (where they would found Plymouth) shortly thereafter.

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** Fire Island is a popular getaway for NYC's gay community. In one story, Creator/DavidSedaris talks about a guy whose apartment he once cleaned used references to Fire Island to signal that he wanted to have sex with Sedaris, not realizing that he had mixed up Sedaris--who actually cleaned apartments--with a gay "house cleaning" service that actually...well... well... [[TheOldestProfession they didn't so much clean your house as "clean your house"]].
house".]]
** Provincetown (for the boys) and Northampton (for the girls), Massachusetts.Massachusetts, the former located at the tip of Cape Cod and the latter sitting on the other end of the state at the foothills of the Berkshires. Boston also has the South End (which, incidentally, should never be confused with [[{{Southies}} South Boston]] if you value your life), though Jamaica Plain has been seeing its share of runoff in the face of mounting gentrification in the South End. P-town, ironically, is where [[TheFundamentalist the Pilgrims]] first arrived in America; they signed the famous Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor and sailed to the West End of Cape Cod (where they would found Plymouth) shortly thereafter.



** [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} The Windy City]] has Boystown, with Halsted St. as the focal point. Wiki/TheOtherWiki even mentions that it is the ''original'' Gayborhood
** Wilton Manors, near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has rainbow flags flying above every other storefront. South Beach and Wilton Manors near Miami and Key West also have Gayborhood elements to them.

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** [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} The Windy City]] has Boystown, with Halsted St. as the focal point. Wiki/TheOtherWiki even mentions that it is the ''original'' Gayborhood
Gayborhood.
** UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} is also a good contender for the title of the South's Gayborhood, though that largely depends on whether you think Miami is Southern as opposed to New York's Sixth Borough. Within the Miami area itself, Miami Beach especially has this reputation, hence why the [[Film/TheBirdcage 1996 American remake]] of ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'' moved the setting there; the gay community is often credited for sparking Miami Beach's revitalization after the drug wars of TheEighties gave the whole of South Florida a reputation as [[TheCartel Cartel Country]]. Wilton Manors, near Ft. a city just north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, also has rainbow flags flying above every other storefront. South storefront, especially with Miami Beach and Wilton Manors near Miami and Key West also have Gayborhood elements to them. growing increasingly gentrified.



** UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} has Shadyside and ''not'' Liberty Avenue as depicted on ''Queer as Folk''[[note]]In reality that's the main downtown strip. While Liberty does have a couple gay bars, hosts the annual Pride festival, and has a reputation for transgender prostitutes, these have more to do with its central location than a queer populace[[/note]]. But since Shadyside is also one of the most ''expensive'' parts of town, gays have spilled into the entire East Side. Altogether, Pittsburgh's LGBT community is much less centralized than in other cities.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} has Shadyside Shadyside, and ''not'' Liberty Avenue as depicted on ''Queer as Folk''[[note]]In Folk''.[[note]]In reality that's the main downtown strip. While Liberty does have a couple gay bars, hosts the annual Pride festival, and has a reputation for transgender prostitutes, these have more to do with its central location than a queer populace[[/note]]. populace.[[/note]] But since Shadyside is also one of the most ''expensive'' parts of town, gays have spilled into the entire East Side. Altogether, Pittsburgh's LGBT community is much less centralized than in other cities.



** Asbury Park, UsefulNotes/NewJersey is this for the Jersey Shore. Hometown hero Music/BruceSpringsteen approves.

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** Asbury Park, UsefulNotes/NewJersey is became this for the Jersey Shore.Shore once gentrification hit Greenwich Village. Hometown hero Music/BruceSpringsteen approves.



** In New Orleans, the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods just downriver from the French Quarter are famously gay. The French Quarter itself has been said to be the world's only entertainment district where both the straights and gays party right next to each other. When you cross St. Anne street (The "Lavender Line" or the "Suck-sum Dicksum Line") the bars and clubs suddenly change over from straight to gay. The French Quarter itself is at least partially a gayborhood, for the more well-heeled confirmed bachelors. (For a snapshot in the development of the French Quarter's relationship with the LGBT community, read ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'', listed in "Literature" above.)
** UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, Maryland has the neighborhood of Mount Vernon. Mt Vernon is also a designated National Landmark Historic District.

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** In New Orleans, the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods just downriver from the French Quarter are famously gay. The French Quarter itself has been said to be the world's only entertainment district where both the straights and gays party right next to each other. When you cross St. Anne street (The Street (the "Lavender Line" or the "Suck-sum Dicksum Line") Line"), the bars and clubs suddenly change over from straight to gay. The French Quarter itself is at least partially a gayborhood, for the more well-heeled confirmed bachelors. (For a snapshot in the development of the French Quarter's relationship with the LGBT community, read ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'', listed in "Literature" above.)
** UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, Maryland has the neighborhood of Mount Vernon. Mt Vernon Vernon, which is also a designated National Landmark Historic District.



** Gay activists in 1970 announced plans to turn an entire ''county'' into a gayborhood. Alpine County, Califoria had a population of about 430. Activists announced plans to move several hundred people to the county, recall the county government and replace it with an all-gay board. After a bit of a hubbub from straight people plans were abandoned after about a year and there has since been the suggestion that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

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** Gay activists in 1970 announced plans to turn an entire ''county'' into a gayborhood. Alpine County, Califoria California, south of Lake Tahoe, had a population of about 430. Activists announced plans to move several hundred people to the county, recall the county government government, and replace it with an all-gay board. After a bit of a hubbub from straight people people, plans were abandoned after about a year year, and there has since been the suggestion that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.



** The area around Nollendorfplatz in Berlin.

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** The area around Nollendorfplatz in Berlin.UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}}. During the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic, Berlin as a whole was seen as this for not just Germany but for Europe in general, being the home of numerous gay, lesbian, and even transgender nightclubs and Magnus Hirschfeld's ''Institut für Sexualwissenschaft'', one of the first major LGBT rights groups in the world, all more or less permitted by police who turned a mostly blind eye. In short, it was this trope combined with FreestateAmsterdam. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] clamped down hard on all of this when they took power, driving the city's gay culture into exile or underground.



** Manchester's Canal Street (more than one vandal tried scraping the C off the road signs), the setting of the UK ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. The whole region surrounding it is referred to as the gay village so often that it's almost the official name of the distract. Often called "The village" for short

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** Manchester's Canal Street (more than one vandal tried scraping the C off the road signs), the setting of the UK ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. The whole region surrounding it is referred to as the gay village so often that it's almost the official name of the distract. Often called "The village" for shortshort.



** Nice on the French Riviera seems to have a fairly consistent reputation as gay mecca although oddly enough it's also quite conservative, the Riviera being to France what Florida is to the US.

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** Nice on the French Riviera seems to have a fairly consistent reputation as gay mecca although mecca, though oddly enough it's also quite conservative, the Riviera being to France what Florida is to the US.


** UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's Greenwich Village. Made famous by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots Stonewall riots]], which are often viewed as the event that started the gay rights movement. In the past few decades, it has expanded to Chelsea as well as Hell's Kitchen, which has been aptly named 'Hellsea'

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** UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's Greenwich Village. Made famous by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots Stonewall riots]], which are often viewed as the event that started the gay rights movement. In the past few decades, it has expanded to Chelsea as well as Hell's Kitchen, which has been aptly named 'Hellsea''Hellsea'.


In real life, gayborhoods got started under the threat of homophobia. Gays were motivated to live close to each other so they could have a community that wouldn't judge them. Many also wanted to minimize interaction with hostile police departments. For example, West Hollywood became a gayborhood because it used to be unincorporated territory under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who at the time were much less homophobic than the LAPD. In other cities, gayborhoods are either upscale parts of town where gay couples with two incomes and no kids could settle and make their lives, or working-class neighborhoods neither expensive nor crime-ridden, where gays would renovate the houses and open businesses, gentrifying the area over time until it ''became'' upscale, for better or for worse. But now that gay tolerance is becoming more mainstream (in the western world at least), there's less motivation for gay people to move to the nearest gayborhood. Some people are worried that widespread tolerance, though obviously a good thing overall, will [[http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/scotus-same-sex-marriage-gay-culture.html reduce]] the population and uniqueness of the gayborhoods and their associated culture. Indeed, thanks to this effect, gentrification, or both, some gayborhoods have become TheThemeParkVersion of their former selves.

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In real life, gayborhoods got started under the threat of homophobia. Gays were motivated to live close to each other so they could have a community that wouldn't judge them. Many also wanted to minimize interaction with hostile police departments. For example, West Hollywood became a gayborhood because it used to be unincorporated territory under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who at the time were much less homophobic than the LAPD. In other cities, gayborhoods are either upscale parts of town where gay couples with two incomes and no kids could settle and make their lives, or working-class neighborhoods neither expensive nor crime-ridden, where gays would renovate the houses and open businesses, gentrifying the area over time until it ''became'' upscale, for better or for worse. But now that gay

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tolerance is becoming more mainstream (in in many parts of the western world at least), world, there's less motivation for gay queer people to move to the nearest gayborhood. Some people are worried that widespread tolerance, though obviously a good thing overall, will [[http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/scotus-same-sex-marriage-gay-culture.html reduce]] the population and uniqueness of the gayborhoods and their associated culture. Indeed, thanks to this effect, gentrification, or both, some gayborhoods have become TheThemeParkVersion of their former selves.

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* ''Fanfic/TheJoyousOne'' [[spoiler: has a trans equivalent in Beldúno.]]


** The one in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}--the area from Broad to 9th, Market to Spruce, forming an approximate square immediately southeast of City Hall--is ''usually'' called "the Gayborhood." Its "proper" name is "Washington Square West", but most natives will laugh in your face if you use that name.[[note]]Technically, Washington Square West includes some bits that aren't Gayborhood, but nobody cares about those areas.[[/note]]. Tourists often stumble upon it by accident as it's in Center City ("downtown") between the Independence Mall (where Independence Hall and all that touristy [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary]] stuff are) and the main business district surrounding City Hall, and are surprised to find that even the ''street signs'' have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:13th_Gayborhood.jpg rainbow theme]].

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** The one in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}--the area from Broad to 9th, Market to Spruce, forming an approximate square immediately southeast of City Hall--is ''usually'' called "the Gayborhood." Its "proper" name is "Washington Square West", but most natives will laugh in your face if you use that name.[[note]]Technically, Washington Square West includes some bits that aren't Gayborhood, but nobody cares about those areas.areas unless they’re in the market for high-end real estate. If you’re giving directions to somewhere in the non-Gayborhood parts of WSW you usually just give the cross streets or say “near the Gayborhood”.[[/note]]. Tourists often stumble upon it by accident as it's in Center City ("downtown") between the Independence Mall (where Independence Hall and all that touristy [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary]] stuff are) and the main business district surrounding City Hall, and are surprised to find that even the ''street signs'' have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:13th_Gayborhood.jpg rainbow theme]].

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