Join University of British Columbia professor of Sociology Amin Ghaziani at Unabridged Bookstore on Friday, August 29th at 7:00 pm, where he’ll be discussing his new book, There Goes the Gayborhood? A survey of the past, present and future of gay neighborhoods across the country, the book examines historically gay neighborhoods like Boystown, Andersonville. Chelsea, the Castro District, and Dupont Circle, and why rumors of their demise are premature.
The book has recently gained traction in news outlets like Yahoo! News, Queerty, and Huffington Post: Gay Voices, so meet him before he goes global! If you want a sneak preview of the book, read the introduction here. Light refreshments will be served.
“In an attempt to understand a contemporary, hot-button issue facing iconic gay neighborhoods in flux, Ghaziani mines the roots of ‘gayborhoods’ to understand where and why they began and the challenges they face. As homosexuality gains wider societal acceptance, are the ‘gay ghettos, ‘ once considered bastions of organized solidarity, sexual freedom, and safety from anti-gay bigotry and violence, feeling the pinch? In a book rich with demographical statistics of same-sex-couple households, useful charts and personal interviews, Ghaziani delivers an unbiased perspective carefully weighing the consequences and the benefits of conformity for formerly homogenous gayborhoods countrywide. . . . Encompassing more than just the diminishing homogeneity of gay ghettos, Ghaziani’s important work also demonstrates an appreciation for how the provocative past, present and future of gay culture continues to evoke impassioned rhetoric and opinion.” –Kirkus Reviews