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In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, The Crossroads was a magnet for the city’s counterculture movements. Gays and lesbians began moving to the area, drawn to its bohemian image and picturesque architecture. More gay-owned businesses and bars followed, and by the end of the 1970’s the majority of businesses in the area catered to the LGBTQ+ community. With the onslaught of the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s, The Crossroads became not only an entertainment district, but also a place for social services and medical testing.
As the historic heart of Dallas’ LGBTQ community, The Crossroads remains the location of the oldest gay businesses in the city and as the primary gathering point for political and LGBTQ social events, including the Alan Ross Freedom Parade. The Crossroads continues to serve the neighborhood and the City of Dallas as a symbol of social, economic and political action among the LGBTQ community.