That has some truth to it but how many people who live in " gay Ghettos" never venture out of their area and thus expose no one to what it is to be gay( IE we are not some weird oddity ). That's to say for example person X lives in West Hollywood/ boystown, Dupont circle etc etc etc...... each day they go to their gym( happens to be in the gay area) buy their groceries( in the gay area) and walk their dog outside..... in this same area. They prob work in the gay area too as many people dont drive 40 miles to work each day etc.
Im not saying its BAD to live in ANYPLACE do what you want, just that I think the guy who is in Rural town USA/world prob has a greater effect on social change than the guy who lives in NYC and is a professional gay.
Well, of course, no one can really gayify the world more than a professional gay, other than, maybe, a gay professional.
I get what you're saying but for two points. One, gayborhoods are not that large and as they tend to be more urban, they are immediately adjacent to the rest of civilization so residents don't work just in the gayborhood. The average commute from Wilton is 22 minutes, typical of pretty much anywhere, while it doesn't take 10 minutes to ride your bike from one end of town to the other in any direction. West Hollywood the commute is 23.6 minutes. Just N of Wilton is the bedroom community of Pompano Beach, commute time average 24 minutes. And near to W Hollywd is Beverly Hills, average commute time 22.9 minutes, all per city-data.
So that's pretty much a wash.
What my 2nd counter point would be--and I not only lived in the ghetto but helped to originally establish a very successful one and later moved out--is that most people hardly even know their next door neighbors, but we do associate more so with colleagues at work.
I happen to be someone who does know not just many of my neighbors but many residents of the neighborhood where I live because I tend to get involved. I've a history of volunteering for the cities themselves and organizations within, I even plant plants for neighbors. I know their stories and they know mine. But most people don't do that.
Mostly people just come home from work, drive into their garage and you don't see them again until there's a hurricane, the neighborhood loses electric for a week and everyone's looking for water. And even that camaraderie fades.
Where as occupation is direct interaction every day, day after day. Plus the corporations have some power. A few minorities living in town might sway a few voters--assuming they're not just nice in person while voting their religion in the booth--but a corporation saying it won't come to town unless they stop discriminating, that, especially today, is where the power is.