Toronto's sexual and gendered landscapes: the gay village and beyond


My primary research focuses on the emergence and evolution of Toronto’s gay village from its inception in the early 1970s to its current positioning as the centre of LGBT and queer political, social, and economic life and as a commodified neighbourhood within larger neoliberal discourses of cosmopolitanism, globalization, urban entrepreneurship, and tourism. Current research examines lesbian and queer women’s spaces, trans geographies, intergenerational transformation and the impact of new media, and is published in a wide variety of journals and books. This research has been funded through SSHRC grants as well as internal funding through Trent and Brock Universities.

Church Street, Toronto, photo by Neal Jennings, Flickr Creative Commons license