Montreal’s Gay Village

The Story of a Unique Urban Neighborhood through the Sociological Lens

by Donald W. Hinrichs



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/4/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781462068371
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781462068395
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 232
ISBN : 9781462068388

About the Book

The Gay Village in Montreal is a vibrant and unique neighborhood born in the 1980s. It serves as the locus of much of the social life of LGBTQ persons, and is the site of many celebrations including annual pride activities such as the Divers/Cité arts and music festival, Community Day, and the Pride parade. As a result, it has become a popular draw for tourists from around the world.

Montreal’s Gay Village explores the neighborhood from a variety of vantage points and attempts to answer many salient questions about its origins, name, residents, and more:

• When and why did the Village emerge as a gay neighborhood?
• Where did it get its name?
• Who are the residents of the Village?
• Is the Village primarily a space for gay men, or is it open to a diverse group of people?
• Is it truly a village, or is it a ghetto—and what are the differences?
• Is it a safe neighborhood to live in and visit?
• How do LGBTQ persons, tourists, the media, the city, and the tourist industry view the Village?
• Does the Village have a future as a viable gay neighborhood?

This scholarly profile explores the answer to these and many other questions regarding this unique, internationally known community.

About the Author

Donald W. Hinrichs earned a BA in sociology from McDaniel College, an MA in sociology from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in sociology from The Ohio State University. For thirty-seven years, he taught sociology and anthropology at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. In 2004, he retired to Montreal, Canada, where he now teaches urban sociology part time at McGill University. Dr. Hinrichs is the author of two other books published by iUniverse: My Life, Our Lives: Shared Experiences Through Poetry and A Lesbigay Guide to Selecting the Best-Fit College and University and Enjoying the College Years.