BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Is Brooklyn the lesbian capital of the Northeast? According to the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz it is!
Markowitz has said he’s been promoting this for years, but his claim got a lot of attention this week.
On Tuesday Markowitz was on the “Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC. It was a wide ranging interview but as Markowitz stressed the diversity of Brooklyn he made this claim; “We remain the lesbian capital of New York City and the Northeast.”
The twitter posts started within hours. Some saying Northampton, Massachusetts was going to put up a fight for the title.
“The first thing I thought of was Northampton or Provincetown. I think the Northeast is a big place,” Karen Morgan said.
But the Brooklyn Borough President stood by his claim Wednesday night.
“It may be that other parts of the Northeast have a greater percentage of the population that are lesbians but we have the greatest numbers. And I am proud of that. We should celebrate that diversity is the strength of Brooklyn.”
So, is there data to back this up?
According to Markowitz, “I’m not sure that I can obtain hard data but you have to give me some credit here. Not credit but rather recognition that I know Brooklyn pretty well.”
Erin Drinkwater, the director of The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, said she loves that proclamation but told PIX11 Wednesday it is hard to measure.
“In terms of data and statistics, I think that it is very hard to back up. One, it requires individuals are self-disclosing their identity,” Drinkwater said.
Over at Ginger’s Bar in Park Slope, regular patron Nikki Cerrato said the Borough President knows his stuff.
“I’m born and bred Brooklyn. I’ve been a lesbian my whole life. I’ve been calling Bay Ridge, “Gay Ridge” my whole life,” Cerrato said.
Patrons at Ginger’s said Brooklyn is a welcoming and diverse borough where people can feel free to be themselves.