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Title: The “Pink Pound” in the “Gaybourhood”? Neighbourhood Deprivation and Sexual Orientation in Scotland
Authors: Matthews, Peter
Besemer, Kirsten
Contact Email: peter.matthews@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Housing choice
Sexual orientation
Scotland
Deprived neighbourhoods
Gentrification
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Matthews P & Besemer K (2015) The “Pink Pound” in the “Gaybourhood”? Neighbourhood Deprivation and Sexual Orientation in Scotland, Housing, Theory and Society, 32 (1), pp. 84-111.
Abstract: The emergence of geographic concentrations of non-heterosexual individuals - so-called "gaybourhoods" - is often linked to housing, demographic characteristics of the non-straight population and wider discrimination. These neighbourhoods are associated with narratives of gentrification with the non-straight population acting as gentrification pioneers. In popular imagery, non-straight households are typically portrayed with higher disposable income, and more likely to live in owner-occupied apartments in affluent neighbourhoods. This paper presents data from the Scottish Health Survey showing a disproportionate concentration of non-heterosexual people in the most deprived places in Scotland. These neighbourhoods are predominantly peripheral housing estates, dominated by social housing; not gentrifying inner-city neighbourhoods. We use data from the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) to interrogate individual characteristics that might explain this spatial concentration of residence. We argue this means the narratives of LGBT gentrification and affluence should be regarded with caution given ongoing exclusion and deprivation among the non-heterosexual population.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21449
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2014.991809
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Housing, Theory and Society on 23 Jan 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14036096.2014.991809
Affiliation: Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Heriot-Watt University

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