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WATCH: This Street Deep in the Heart of Texas Will Stay 'Gay' 

WATCH: This Street Deep in the Heart of Texas Will Stay 'Gay' 


Homeowners on Gay Drive launched a petition to change the street's name, saying their children felt embarrassed to live there. 

Gay doesn't just mean happy anymore and residents of North Gay Drive in Pharr, Texas, can't take it, according to KGBT.

Maria and Mel Villarreal, who have lived on the small street for 40 years, would rather live on a street named after Mel's former Tejano band, "Los Unicos" (The Uniques). So they launched a petition, gaining signatures of all but one of their neighbors, according to the station.

The lone holdout, Beatriz Gonzales, did not base her stance on support for the LGBT community. Instead, she worried for the pencil pushers. "Everybody might have to change all their paperwork, you know, all their documents," she told the station. Plus, Gonzales is still able to see joy in the word: "It used to be happy and I prefer to thing about it that way so it doesn't really bother me," she told the station.

But Villarreal is bothered by the more common interpretation. "The word 'gay' used to be a word that the meaning was being jolly, being happy, and now they've added another meaning to it and they define themselves as 'gay people,'" Mel Villarreal told the station. "I don't have anything against gay people, it's just that it has that meaning."

His wife was more blunt about it: "The reason I wanted to change it was because I don't like gay, you know. My kids never liked that name of the street, they were embarrassed of the street."

While there are no Lesbian Lanes, Homosexual Courts or Pansexual Corners, there are plenty of Gay Streets all over the United States. It's actually quite popular as a street name. There's a Gay Street in Newnan, Georgia, a Gay Street in Philadelphia and even one in Allport, Arkansas. While New York City's Gay Street may be the most famous like the others, its name does not refer to homosexuality.

City commissioners denied the couple's eleven-signature petition in a 6-1 vote, citing concerns over delivery of emergency services, but the Villarreals will press on, according to the station. "They plan to continue pursuing the name change -- even offering to settle for a combination of "Gay" and "Los Unicos," KGBT reported.

If this new combo is approved, it will hardly be the first time that "gay" is associated with being unique.

Watch the report from KGBT below.

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