gentrification

gayborhoods, guns, and the mainstream homosexual

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges which guaranteed the right of all same sex couples in the nation to marry.  While many viewed this as the victorious culmination of a movement which began on Christopher Street nearly fifty years ago, others criticized the single-mindedness with which our community pursed this one goal: gay marriage.  Some believed that funneling our resources towards the right to marry came at the expense of other, more pressing concerns in our community such as equal protection for transgender people, or promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.  Gay political powerhouses like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) became targets for those who believed that the capital-G Gay civil rights movement had diluted what was once a vibrant queer identity in exchange for a more white-washed and palatable one, often leaving our most vulnerable behind.  Even Bernie Sanders once labeled the HRC as “establishment.”  It was as if white, middle class gay men had transformed our movement from “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it” to “We’re just like everyone else.”

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Down here in New Orleans, as memories from the dark days of Hurricane Katrina recede with increasing velocity into the past, the city barrels toward its new normal.   (more…)

Requiem for The Country Club

Once upon a time, an intoxicated orgy at The Country Club which you struggled to piece together the following day was the sign of a highly successful visit.  Not anymore.

WWL-TV proudly announced on Tuesday that – thanks to its sleuthing! – The Country Club was ending its well-known “clothing optional” policy following allegations that a woman was drugged and sexually assaulted by men at the iconic Bywater pool.  The Country Club once attracted an almost exclusively gay (and very frisky) clientele.  When it reopened under new ownership following Hurricane Katrina, the crowd grew increasingly straight while the neighborhood around it gentrified.  Along with more heterosexuals came more rules, more regulations, and a slow death of the “anything goes” culture that its gay clientele enjoyed. (more…)