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) at least have a better outside facade than they used to thanks to the revitalization going on there. I think that second floor "bathhouse" is gone now; I'm not sure which one you're referring to.
These days WSW is more diverse with more straight people moving (back) in but it is still far and away the entertainment hub for the LGBT community.
That and lesbians and gay men live all over - down in Passyunk Square, up in No Libs, out in U. Airy and Chestnut Hill, Collingswood, Lansdowne, New Hope/Lambertville, etc.
One thing I do hear from gay friends is that there is this tension/cultural divide between the older generation of gay men who had to fight for all the things that they think the younger generation takes for granted.
The older guys are the one who carved out these neighborhoods and who felt a need to stick together for safety and camaraderie.
The younger guys (and women too) grew up "out", they frown on what they think are gay cliches perpetuated by the older generation and don't feel a need to live in a gay ghetto.
I may see your point regarding the one-dimensionality.
The social totem pole seems to favor white gay males, in particular with the number of social venues.
How is it in terms of attitudes such as: plastic, fashionist, exclusivist, intellectual, simple, friendly, ephemeral, long lasting, prejudiced, etc. I want to know about general tendencies of the gay dating scene in Philly.
Simple and exclusivist best describe from your list of descriptions.
The most heard complaint(s) is the lack of a viable gay community and the one-dimensionality in terms of meeting people. I lived in DC prior, which is much smaller in terms of city size (Philly 1.5 million and DC 600,000) and the gay community there is spread out over several city blocks, is much more visible overall and friendlier despite it's "icy" reputation. It's not especially visible given the size of the city.
How is it in terms of attitudes such as: plastic, fashionist, exclusivist, intellectual, simple, friendly, ephemeral, long lasting, prejudiced, etc. It's not especially visible given the size of the city.
There is a "gay neighborhood" which occupies around 2 blocks of Center City which consists of a few sad gay bars and the usual dirty adult video stores, and a gross bathhouse.