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The other night, I was in a cab on the way to meet some friends at the corner of 10th and Piedmont in Atlanta. 10th and Piedmont is also known colloquially as “the corner of gay and gay,” because it’s the historical center of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community: there are gay bars lining the streets, pride flags hanging high above the buildings, and lines for brunch that you wouldn’t believe.

There are very few people in Atlanta – and even the South – who don’t know the area’s historic reputation. People rarely name a specific bar or restaurant when they go out there – they’ll just say they’re “going to 10th and Piedmont.” It’s been the center of the LGBTQ community for decades.

That’s why it was so awkward when my cab driver told me, unprompted, that he hoped I’d find “a hot young girl” to take home as we made our way through the neighborhood. I didn’t respond with much more than a mumbled “oh, okay.”

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