Is Midtown Losing its Gayness?

Atlanta ranked No. 9 gayest city in America.

Is Midtown losing its gayness?

With the of , as well as a recent article rating the country's gayest cities, we are beginning to wonder.

The Advocate this week published its third annual list of America's gayest cities. Atlanta slipped to No. 9 after scoring the No. 1 spot in 2010. Taking the gay crown is Salt Lake City, a choice that left many people scratching their heads.

What baffled us most is the description The Advocate wrote about Atlanta:

We won’t fault you for trying to forget Real Housewife Kim Zolciak’s dip into the lesbian pool — but don’t blame Atlanta if everyone there wants to sample the fun LGBTs have all over town. Lesbian businesses thrive in East Atlanta, and gay clubs go off in Mechanicsville. People coming to Atlanta like to party, and the GayTL delivers with Black Gay Pride in September and Atlanta Pride in October, and the black gay clubs’ second-busiest weekend of the year surrounds the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in January. Holla!

Where is Midtown? While there's mention of , which is held in Midtown, there's no homage to Atlanta's gay epicenter.

Are East Atlanta and Mechanicsville becoming gayer than Midtown?

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story reported the wrong year Atlanta was ranked No. 1 gayest city in America. Atlanta was ranked No. 1 in 2010.

ChadK January 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
As Midtown looses some of it's gayness, crime goes up. Gotta wonder if there's a tie in there. More gays! Fewer Muggings!
Tim January 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Of course Midtown is becoming more suburban, and yes gays are much more comfortable moving out to other areas such as East Atlanta, Newnan, North Fulton, Blue Ridge etc. However, the other side of the quesiton is how much more nightlight is going to be driven out to make room for more chain stores and chain restaurants in Midtown? It seems ther newer residents tend to prefer quiet and bland over the excitement that used to be throughout Midtown. Growth and development can be good but with this growth is the loss of uniqueness and variety in many cases. It was much safer to walk the streets when Backstreet was open with more people on the sidewalks, than now and more fun, that is for sure!
Mike January 12, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Aren't gay people to blame for Midtown losing its "gayness"??? Why did most of the bars/club close?? If people aren't patronizing them and owners are not making money, then they will close. This is exactly what has happened with Outwrite. Midtown is still "gay friendly"... you can't blame this on other people moving into the neighborhood either.
Tim January 12, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Actually most of the bars and clubs closed due to pressure from outside developers and the city, ie Backstreet, Metro, etc. Of course some were mismanaged, or just lost interest from customers too. And its not so much as Midtown losing its "gayness" but more of the rest ofhte region becoming more "gay firendly" as people move. As for Outwrite, the combo of high rent for prime space and most importantly the decline in physical book sales (see Borders) are the main reasons apparently.
DAP January 12, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Assimilation and normalcy are prevailing as desegregation enfolds. Midtown is less gay like Old Fourth Ward and other intown areas are less black. The dinks and yuppies and straight breeders are taking over, so the prevailing urban issues are access to MARTA, housing density housing, noise, and other urban issues rather than social coagulations.
midtown girl January 12, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I don't believe there is a valid link between fewer gays and higher crime rate. The biggest reason crime is up in Midtown is Fulton County has no room in their jails. The jails are like a revolving door. Criminals are admitted into the jail and out on the streets within weeks. The real prisoners are the residents of Midtown!
JonC January 12, 2012 at 09:57 PM
A couple of ideas (and btw I think the Advocate ranking is just a stunt, although it was nice when we were #1 lol). Midtown has gained a ton of straight residents in the past decade as urban living has become more desirable; the neighborhood has gotten more expensive, meaning if you're an LGBT kid looking to move to the city you'll probably have to pick a cheaper location; gays feel more comfortable living in the suburbs these days (well, not this one ;)); gay bars all over the country aren't what they used to be because the culture has changed i.e. people coming of age don't feel the need to find acceptance in bars, and the Internet has completely revolutionized how people hook up with sexual partners.
Drewboo January 14, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Midtown is definitely becoming less gay. I love the neighborhood, its features and walk-ability, so this makes me very sad. With the loss of so many previous gay business, since I have lived here, we have lost several others, and now Outwrite. I dont want to live in a "gay-friendly" neighborhood, I dont want to be tolerated to be "friendlied" with. I want to live in the same type of place that 99% of straight people live in, a place that is not "straight-friendly" but a place they get to be normal, average, expected, respected, accepted, unquestioned, assumed orientation, etc. I don't want to walk into a bar and have to guess or figure out the orientations of the people in there to determine if I can flirt or pursue. I would like to live somewhere, where I can strike up a conversation with someone in public that could lead to a romantic date. If only 5-10% of the population is gay as many scientists "think", then its already so much harder for us to build community with people like us as it is. With urban city centers becoming less gay and more mainstream/average in demographics, this ends an era where gays could live in their own ghetto or specific community. I feel this is happening in Midtown, or perhaps instead of de-gayifying Midtown, we are simply filling it with upper-middle-class gays. No longer will our community be a place of refuge for everyone regardless of class status. I dont know, there is no way to know exactly whats going on without gay census counting.
Atl30309 January 15, 2012 at 06:17 PM
This concept that Midtown is losing it's gayness is nonsense. If anything, with the availability of so many inexpensively priced condos in the last few years, i would venture that Midtown has a much larger gay population than in the past. Additionally the idea that Outwrite closing means the community is losing it's gayness is laughable. Outwrite is a case where a great location has long kept alive an otherwise failing business model operated with non customer-centric management practices. A devastating economy and a customer base that gradually has taken its business to competitors after being subject to mediocre service and non competitive offerings and pricing is the cause of Outwrite's failure in the marketplace.
CHANEL April 24, 2012 at 03:57 AM
WOW! Since when did a neighborhood NOT being known for being "gay" a bad thing? How dense can a person be to equate a person's sexuality and the neighborhood in which they live in. Atlanta's Gay Pride has already been ruined by sex-ploitation. Instead of focusing on the purpose of Gay Pride.....It's history of the Stonewall Riots.


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