Map: Detroit’s Longtime Gayborhood


WDET’s CuriosiD series recently examined the idea of the “Gayborhood” in Detroit. Many people assume that the northern suburb of Ferndale hosts the most gay-friendly establishments, but just south of 8 Mile there existed and still exists a strong gay neighborhood in Detroit’s Palmer Park area. The main difference today is the demographic shift.

I think it would be a mistake to say that Palmer Park is no longer a gay neighborhood,” says Dr. Tim Retzloff, a historian who has tracked the gay migration in Metro Detroit. “In some respects there’s still a strong gay presence in Palmer Park, it’s now just an African-American gay presence and not a White gay presence.”

Listen to the whole story on WDET.

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