Sociologist Finds Gay Neighborhoods Are Getting Straighter

Traditionally LGBT neighborhoods, including Chicago's Boystown, have fewer same-sex couples than they did 10 years ago

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    Boystown, a traditionally same-sex neighborhood, now has fewer same-sex couples than it did 10 years ago, according to a new book.

    America's same-sex neighborhoods are starting to become more "straight." 

    According to a new book "There Goes the Gayborhood," by University of British Columbia sociologist Amin Ghaziani, fewer same-sex couples live in historically LGBT neighborhoods in comparison to 10 years ago. 
    Chicago's Boystown is mentioned in the book, along with other gay neighborhoods such New York's Chelsea and San Francisco's Castro districts. 
    According to Ghaziani's findings, the number of gay men living in LGBT neighborhoods declined 8 percent, and the number of lesbians decreased 13 percent. Approximately 93 percent of U.S. counties have same-sex households.
    The study cites other demographic shifts including groups of same-sex parents residing near good schools in traditionally heterosexual neighborhoods and the rise of districts for LGBT minorities.
    Ghaziani says gentrification, changing attitudes among gays and lesbians and growing acceptance of same-sex couples could be reasons for the change.