AN ANALYSIS OF THE LGBTT COMMUNITYS USE OF URBAN SPACES IN TERMS OF WORKING, LIVING, AND SHOPPING FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING THEIR RELATION WITH THE CITY: THE CASE OF IZMIR

Abstract

Author(s): EFE GNEY, M, AYHAN SELUK, I, ERG?N, ?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and travestite individuals (LGBTT) use certain/restricted spaces in a city. In other words, the LGBTT community’s living, working, and shopping spaces are not scattered throughout the city, but are rather concentrated in a certain section of the city. Thus, the LGBTT community has restricted urban mobility. This may be shaped as a result of their own preferences or involuntarily due to circumstances. 

This article will analyze the LGBTT community’s preferred living, working, and shopping spaces in the city, both separately and in relation to each other, and thus draw conclusions about their use of urban spaces, and make evaluations of these spaces. It will also compare the LGBTT community’s current living spaces with spaces in which they believe other LGBTTs live and in which they would like to live. The results will demonstrate the level at which LGBTTs are aware of their own community and identify which parts of the city are attractive to which sexual orientation groups. This article will also provide insight into the shopping units that are preferred by LGBTT individuals, explaining the reasons for such preferences, while discussing shopping spaces, and thus assessing the restrictions each sexual orientation group faces in everyday life. This study will contribute to the literature by specifying the characteristics of the spaces that are used by the LGBTTs in the city and evaluating these characteristics in terms of urban planning.

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