Monday, July 28, 2014

There Goes the Gayborhood :: Gayborhoods Turning Straight, Gays Leaving in Significant Numbers

New research finds that traditionally gay neighborhoods are becoming increasingly “straight” places, and could be at risk of losing their distinct cultural identity. Fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighborhoods compared to 10 years ago, according to one of the largest studies of sexuality in the U.S. Led by University of British Columbia sociologist Amin Ghaziani, the study found the number of gay men who live in gay enclaves has declined eight per cent while the number of lesbians has dropped 13 per cent.

Ghaziani’s research, which is collected in his new book There Goes the Gayborhood, suggests that San Francisco’s Castro district, New York’s Chelsea, Chicago’s Boystown and other “gayborhoods” are changing as growing numbers of heterosexual households join or replace gays and lesbians.

He offers several reasons for the shift, including gentrification, changing attitudes among gays and lesbians, and growing acceptance of same-sex couples. Full story here!

WGB: Do you currently live in what is considered a "gayborhood?"

US Court: Virgina Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, Also Impacts West Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, the latest in a string of decisions overturning bans across the country.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It was not immediately clear if or when the state would need to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Full story HERE and HERE!

WGB: This is excellent news and yet another step in the right direction!

Rugby Stud Ben Foden Posts Instagram Photo Grilling Shirtless

What time is dinner Ben? (And are you on the menu?)

My past wicked hot posts on Ben HERE and HERE.

Scissor Sister's Front Man Jake Shears Looking 'Filthy Gorgeous' in Swim Trunks

It looks like his ass is having a KiKi.

I am looking forward to some new material from them! One of my favorite groups.

My Latest TV Addiction :: VICIOUS on PBS

Vicious tells the story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other’s throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another. Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Ash (Iwan Rheon, “Game of Thrones”), their young, upstairs neighbor.

WGB: Have you seen this show? I absolutely love it! Check out the clip above and I dare you not to laugh.