There is some contention surrounding whether Bulger originated the term and the subculture's conventions. Archived from the original on February 19, Are We Conscious Automata? Retrieved 14 February Such areas may represent a LGBTQ-friendly oasis in an otherwise hostile city, or may simply have a high concentration of gay residents and businesses. Hundreds attend procession in support of city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community". Saturdays,
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Some areas are often associated with being "gay" cities or resorts, due to their image and acceptance of the gay community.