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Politically mobilized gay communities, which tend to have more access to the means of governance than the communities they have displaced, are sometimes able to pass zoning regulations that stave off some of the changes. However, these sorts of transformations have occurred in such centers of gay urban life as San Francisco's Castro and Manhattan's West Village. In the face of the second wave gentrification of gay neighborhoods, gay residents often move on to gentrify a new neighborhood, as has happened in Manhattan's Meatpacking District and Lower East Side

Fighting Gentrification

The glbtq people who are involved in gentrification often emphasize the positive effects that their presence has on neighborhoods in terms of cultural development, increased property values for residents who want to sell, and reduced litter and crime. However, because of the imagined bond between glbtq people and other oppressed minorities, the gentrifiers are often unwilling to admit that there are also negative aspects to the process, and thus fail to embrace policies that would allow gentrification to occur in a controlled manner, without displacing older residents. Such policies often include rent control, eviction protections, zoning regulations, and the creation of community spaces.

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Some glbtq people work to combat the negative effects of gentrification. These include organizations such as Queer to the Left (Q2L) and Gay Shame. Such organizations attempt to work in coalition with other marginalized groups to maintain the sensitivity to oppression once inherent in gay and lesbian politics.

Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur

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