West Hollywood as Symbol: The Significance of Place in the Construction of a Gay Identity

  title={West Hollywood as Symbol: The Significance of Place in the Construction of a Gay Identity},
  author={Benjamin Forest},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  pages={133 - 157}
  • B. Forest
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • Art
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
The 1984 municipal incorporation of West Hollywood, California offers an opportunity to explore two related themes: (1) the role of place in the creation of identity generally, and (2) the role of place in the creation of sexual identity in particular. Work on the second subject has largely concentrated on the political economy of gay territories, although there has been an ongoing concern with the symbolic importance of these places. Although these studies have provided valuable insights on… 

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