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Changing Nature of West Hollywood, Long a Gay Haven, Becomes an Election Issue
New York Times ^ | March 6, 2011 | Ian Lovett

Posted on 03/06/2011 7:28:33 PM PST by lbryce

Since its beginning, West Hollywood has offered the country’s closest approximation of a gay city. It was founded by gay activists over 26 years ago, most of its City Council members are gay, and the community is famous for its concentration of gay residents and nightlife.

But an uncommonly bitter election has exposed a growing divide over what West Hollywood should represent, with prosperity and urban development pitted against the city’s history as a countercultural haven.

The six challengers in Tuesday’s City Council election — all of them gay men — are seeking to oust three incumbents by running on platforms invoking concerns about development and gentrification pushing out younger gay residents and the edgier elements that have long distinguished West Hollywood.

“I believe we’re at risk of being in a situation where West Hollywood is no different than Beverly Hills or Calabasas,” said Scott Schmidt, one of the challengers. “West Hollywood has a special place in the heart of the gay and lesbian community, and people want to make sure we retain what makes us special.”

West Hollywood’s story is a familiar one for gay neighborhoods across the country. From the Castro in San Francisco to the West Village in New York, bathhouses and bars catering to gay men and women have been replaced with designer retail shops, high-priced apartments and playgrounds. Many lament that this gentrification has forced young gay residents into other neighborhoods in search of cheaper rent.

But the fight over whether traditional gay neighborhoods should be preserved has taken on special significance here, because West Hollywood is not just a neighborhood — it is a city of 35,000 people with its own government, which repaves roads, builds public libraries and holds elections every two years.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: abhorrent; bluezones; deviant; gay; gays; hollywood; homosexualagenda; westhollywood
The six challengers in Tuesday’s City Council election — all of them gay men — are seeking to oust three incumbents by running on platforms invoking concerns about development and gentrification pushing out younger gay residents and the edgier elements that have long distinguished West Hollywood.

...concerns about development and gentrification pushing out younger gay residents....

There you have it, folks, couldn't have been expressed any clearer, the very raison d'etre for all, everything it means to be gay, the utter irony of which, not even so much as Freudian slip,they just don't get.

1 posted on 03/06/2011 7:28:39 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

One man’s haven is another’s bath house.

Hahaha, gay gentification, you have to laugh.


2 posted on 03/06/2011 7:39:49 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

GentrifiGAYtion?


3 posted on 03/06/2011 7:56:21 PM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: lbryce
Somethings not right here. The old fag hags are pushing out the younger recruits? Come on.

It's about real estate and how the older homos are cashing out their once edgy investments to more stable purchasers, like hetero families.

4 posted on 03/06/2011 7:58:19 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: lbryce

Isn’t it interesting that it was OK for them to change the culture of the city when they did it, but not OK for the new arrivals to do that!


5 posted on 03/06/2011 7:58:30 PM PST by aquila48
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To: lbryce

They’re worried about “edgier elements” being pushed out of West Hollywood? They’d better be careful what they wish for.

As the world gets uglier, and people’s inner barbarians begin to surface, they’re going to see more “edgy” than they ever bargained for.


6 posted on 03/06/2011 8:00:24 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

No, the old fags want to maintain the the city’s gayness while the three straight incumbents want otherwise.


7 posted on 03/06/2011 8:05:52 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

Wow.. Here I thought San Fransicko was the infected boil on the anus of California.
Obviously, there is more than one.


8 posted on 03/06/2011 8:09:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: lbryce

Well then, who is selling the properties to the families and changing the nature of the neighborhood?


9 posted on 03/06/2011 8:10:49 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: lbryce

Unfortunately, our film office is located in fudgepacker central: West Hollywood. You want militant gays? This is it. Every caricature u could think of: white, Dem, Jew, liberal and gay, this is your place. These fags basically run the city.

Also the same city where they burned an effigy of sarah palin in 2008. Tolerance is just an afterthought to these degenerates.


10 posted on 03/06/2011 8:12:30 PM PST by max americana
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To: lbryce
"people want to make sure we retain what makes us special.”

Well isn't that thpecial.

11 posted on 03/06/2011 8:19:27 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: lbryce

...and everyone wonders why we’re losing the War on Terror....


12 posted on 03/06/2011 8:20:32 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: lbryce
“In every city I’ve been to, I hear people say, ‘I wish this neighborhood was what it used to be,’ ” Mr. Reuter said, adding, “But at the same time, the gay community was asking for acceptance, and what they’ve gotten is acceptance.”

They don't really want acceptance. They LIKE being outsiders -- freaks. ...and to shove their freakiness in society's face. And now that (much of) society doesn't blink, they're depressed about it.

13 posted on 03/06/2011 8:26:26 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: lbryce

A modern day Sodom and Gemorrah. Let the sodomites have their fun now, Eternity is a very long time.


14 posted on 03/06/2011 8:52:24 PM PST by NWFLConservative
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To: lbryce
Jared Loughner Gays of West Hollywood:

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15 posted on 03/06/2011 9:20:22 PM PST by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama, then try him for treason.)
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To: lbryce

“traditional gay neighborhoods”...are they claiming, like, native american type rights or what?

is it sexual discrimination to have an all-gay neighborhood?


16 posted on 03/06/2011 9:23:11 PM PST by blueplum
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To: lbryce

Homosexuals reject diversity.


17 posted on 03/06/2011 9:34:55 PM PST by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama, then try him for treason. / Homosexuals reject diversity.)
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To: NoLibZone

Not only that, all the milk sold there is homogenized.


18 posted on 03/06/2011 9:59:25 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Odd, but I never had to ask, "Who, or what exactly is Dwight Eisenhower?")
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To: lbryce

The local short form for West Hollywood is WeHo. They even have t-shirts printed like that.


19 posted on 03/07/2011 12:39:46 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: tet68

If they so gay why does so many of them seem so sad as to kill themselves so often? If they so gay why cant they just smiles and be happy?


20 posted on 03/07/2011 4:00:01 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: lbryce

Oh, oh... cat fight!!


21 posted on 03/07/2011 9:45:55 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: StonyBurk
If they so gay why cant they just smiles and be happy?

Pretending you've met the love of your life after a 3 minute encounter in a public restroom is a delusion that makes for frowns and unhappiness.

22 posted on 03/07/2011 12:53:09 PM PST by jimt
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To: jimt

Sadly my son and his friend (whose name and personality seem the very reverse of a Revolutionary war Officer) have met many such loves during their “committed” relationship. They can’t figure out why I can’t accept their “union” and I can’t figure out why they refuse to believe the truth-death is not the best resolution to their choice of lifestyle-but it is a sure bet the result of such unless they repent.


23 posted on 03/08/2011 5:43:37 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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