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Montreal Gazette - Prof predicts Montreal's famed gay village will continue to thrive

Published: 3 Apr 2012

“Over the years when it came to gay villages, I mostly heard about the Castro in San Francisco and Greenwich Village in New York, but I understand why tourist guides extol the virtues of Montreal’s gay village and why tourists come here,” says McGill professor Donald W. Hinrichs.

“Over the years when it came to gay villages, I mostly heard about the Castro in San Francisco and Greenwich Village in New York, but I understand why tourist guides extol the virtues of Montreal’s gay village and why tourists come here,” says McGill professor Donald W. Hinrichs, author of the just-published book Montreal’s Gay Village: The Story of a Unique Neighbourhood through the Sociological Lens.

“I think Montreal’s gay village is much more interesting, lively and important. It is compact and offers a great many services to the community. Neither the Castro or Greenwich Village have the same vibe or spirit that Montreal has. [Quebecois playwright] Michel Tremblay commented that he thought as Montreal’s village continues to gentrify, his concern is more that working-class gay people will be pushed out of the Village as wealthier people move in. But that would still leave it gay, whereas in the Castro it is non-gay people who are moving in.”

Donald W. Hinrichs launched his book Montreal’s Gay Village: The Story of a Unique Neighbourhood through the Sociological Lens yesterday at the McGill University Bookstore.

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