Although the last decade has seen steady progress towards wider acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, LGBTQ residential and commercial areas have come under increasing pressure from gentrification and redevelopment initiatives. As a result many of these neighborhoods are losing their special character as safe havens for sexual and gender minorities. Urban planners and municipal officials have sometimes ignored the transformation of these neighborhoods and at other times been complicit in these changes.

Planning and LGBTQ Communities brings together experienced planners, administrators, and researchers in the fields of planning and geography to reflect on the evolution of urban neighborhoods in which LGBTQ populations live, work, and play.  The authors examine a variety of LGBTQ residential and commercial areas to highlight policy and planning links to the development of these neighborhoods. Each chapter explores a particular urban context and asks how the field of planning has enabled, facilitated, and/or neglected the specialized and diverse needs of the LGBTQ population.

A central theme of this book is that urban planners need to think "beyond queer space" because LGBTQ populations are more diverse and dispersed than the white gay male populations that created many of the most visible gayborhoods. The authors provide practical guidance for cities and citizens seeking to strengthen neighborhoods that have an explicit LGBTQ focus as well as other areas that are LGBTQ-friendly.  They also encourage broader awareness of the needs of this marginalized population and the need to establish more formal linkages between municipal government and a range of LGBTQ groups. Planning and LGBTQ Communities also adds useful material for graduate level courses in planning theory, urban and regional theory, planning for multicultural cities, urban geography, and geographies of gender and sexuality.

chapter 1|16 pages

Why Plan for the LGBTQ Community?

ByPetra L. Doan

part Part I|60 pages

Planning and LGBTQ Populations in Traditional Gay Neighborhoods

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part I

ByPetra L. Doan

chapter 2|18 pages

Gay Commercial Districts in Chicago and the Role of Planning 1

ByCurt Winkle

chapter 3|17 pages

The Dallas Way

Property, Politics, and Assimilation
ByAndrew H. Whittemore

chapter 4|21 pages

Fractures and Fissures in ‘Post-Mo’ Washington, D.C.

The Limits of Gayborhood Transition and Diffusion
ByNathaniel M. Lewis

part Part II|48 pages

Planning and LGBTQ Populations Outside the Gay Village

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part II

ByPetra L. Doan

chapter 6|17 pages

The Pervasiveness of Hetero-Sexism and the Experiences of Queers in Everyday Space

The Case of Cambridge, Massachusetts
BySarah P. Nusser, Katrin B. Anacker

chapter 7|14 pages

Understanding LGBTQ-Friendly Neighborhoods in the American South

The Trade-off Between Visibility and Acceptance
ByPetra L. Doan

part Part III|74 pages

Expanding Planning Horizons

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part III

ByPetra L. Doan

chapter 9|20 pages

Southern Discomfort

In Search of the LGBT-Friendly City 1
ByJoan Marshall Wesley

chapter 10|14 pages

Queer Cosmopolis

The Evolution of Jackson Heights
ByArianna Martinez

chapter 11|18 pages

Lesbian Spaces in Transition

Insights from Toronto and Sydney
ByCatherine J. Nash, Andrew Gorman-Murray

part Part IV|50 pages

Linking Planning and LGBTQ Activist Groups to Ensure Service Delivery

chapter |1 pages

Introduction to Part IV

ByPetra L. Doan

chapter 12|15 pages

Act Up Versus Straighten Up

Public Policy and Queer Community-Based Activism 1
ByGail Dubrow, Larry Knopp, Michael Brown

chapter 13|18 pages


Planning for Radical Queer Activism
ByKian Goh

chapter 14|14 pages

The Racial Politics of Precarity

Understanding Ethno-Specific AIDS Service Organizations in Neoliberal Times
ByJohn Paul Catungal

part Part V|11 pages


chapter 15|9 pages

Beyond Queer Space

Planning for Diverse and Dispersed LGBTQ Populations
ByPetra L. Doan