In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, researchers Vincent Jones II, the director of the Health Promotion Center at York College, and Laurie Essig, the director of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College explore why LGBTQ+ bars and venues are failing in Provincetown. They coin the phrase "hetrification", or the heteronormalizing of queer spaces. Their research shows that as LGBTQ+ people have gentrified P-Town, it has lead many affluent, straight, frequently white women to see it as a "safe haven" of their own where men won't hit on them. In their report, the researchers state, "Like gentrification, we witness a cycle of displacement where those with the least resources are left with nowhere to go. The women are displaced by rape culture and seek refuge in queer spaces, but the queers are faced with tolerating the heterosexual gaze or not showing up at all. We know the end of this story because we know how gentrification works. Follow the money. Hetrification will destroy queer spaces and maybe even queer culture itself."
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