Wire Magazine to New Times: South Beach Is Still a Gay Mecca
In other words, Edison, there aren't any left.
Mixed crowds are great, but let's not pussyfoot around it: South
Beach has become gentrified, gay businesses have closed shop, and many
GLBT folks have moved away. In print, Barker wrote, "the author Natalie
O'Neill knew little to nothing about gay people who call South Beach
home" and "should dig deeper into our community." (Guess what, Thomas? It's our community too.)
He had different things to say when I called him. "I think it's great that you wrote it," he gushed. "It made city officials work harder for us."
So why bash your fellow gay-lovin' weekly?
"Well, a lot people I talked to afterward just disagreed."