Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No longer mainly for gays, Provincetown courts all


PROVINCETOWN - Waiting for a whale-watch boat with his wife and 5-year-old daughter one recent morning, Brian Grunert of Buffalo marveled at this seaside community's beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere - and child-friendliness. It was a far cry, Grunert said, from the wild Provincetown he had visited in the 1970s.


"I remember coming here and it was all about alternative lifestyles," he said. "Now, it's calmer. . . . The restaurants are very kid-welcoming."


Provincetown, for decades a haven for gays, is courting a broader population these days. As gays discover broader acceptance and a wider range of travel options, tourism officials are in the midst of a massive re-branding that is packaging the town at the tip of Cape Cod as a destination for families and highlighting historical and cultural attractions to appeal to travelers far and near. (Continue Reading-Source/Boston.com)


WGB: I find this very interesting and am not feeling all warm and fuzzy about this article. I would LOVE to get comments from both my LGBT and Str8 readers on your thoughts.

Also, did you read this blog entry entitled...Ptown Family Week, some shop owners not happy...


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7 comments:

DavidEhrenstein said...

So the breeders want to take over P'town? Good. We'll go someplace else.

Anonymous said...

As long as they don't push us out like they try to do everywhere I cam okay with it. I understand it from an economic perspective but honestly can't we just have a couple all gay places just for us....what's next Fire Island? BTW, love your blog, just watched the Sordid Lives clip and the Homophobia clip, very fun!

RobbieP said...

...As gays discover broader acceptance and a wider range of travel options...

Which places might be included in that wider range of travel options? Jamaica? where sodomy is still a crime punishable by imprisonment and hard labour and where LGBT folk are routinely murdered with tacit police approval?

Anonymous said...

Forget about straights and let's ask this question instead: how DIVERSIFIED is P-town? Yeah, that's what I thought.

Anonymous said...

I was just up there this weekend and there were a good number of families staying in the West End. There was a lovely straight couple with a small child staying at my guesthouse. They came up from DC to attend a gay wedding. There were also plenty of European families. My impression is that they were there to experience the "festive" and "creative" PTown. I don't think you can create a double standard and criticize hetero families when PTown hosts "Family Week" for same sex parents. Repeat visitors will know which restaurants and areas to go to so they avoid small children.

gaynewyorker said...

Fat chance ...

Blue Gryphon said...

A group of us just finished a week in Ptown and found it outrageously fun and still quite gay. I think finding a balance between gay and straight is key to having Ptown succeed in future years, if only, as the article mentioned, because the dynamics of American society are changing. My friends and I don't live in "gay ghettos" - we live in integrated communities with single and coupled gay and straight friends of all ages. Our circle of friends also don't live on a strict diet of energy drinks, circuit parties and clubs - we also like whale-watching, browsing historic places, hiking, and good food. Ptown promoting itself as more than just a wild gay version of South Padre Island is a good thing.
That being said, Commercial St. at midday felt like a Mall at the Edge of the World sometimes, with strollers playing bumper-cars with drag queens on bicycles, toddlers dashing around hunky leather-bound bear couples, and school-age kids perusing risque postcards while slurping on snow-cones. I'm of two minds about what I experienced: on one hand, why do some parents believe that children are acceptable in every nook and cranny of daily life, and why does this usually mean sterilizing and putting foam cushions on everything; and on the other, these parents and their children, however young, are being exposed very early to different ways of living and thriving, and probably take what they see/experience in Ptown to heart for the rest of their lives, improving the world through acceptance and celebration of our differences.
Perhaps I can only hope that the drift we see is not Ptown slowly framing itself as Disneyland, but promoting itself as a truly diverse and edgy vacation destination.