Los Angeles

Everyone knows about the entertainment capital of the world’s thrilling queer scene; Boystown in West Hollywood, where 40% of the residents are gay, is a legend in and of itself. This diverse, creative, and sophisticated city lends itself to liberal acceptance, part of why the LGBT community there is one of the largest in the world, and among the most active. Get a scope of what they’ve accomplished with a visit to some of L.A.’s most well-known queer landmarks: Pershing Square’s Millennium Biltmore Hotel, one of the first places in the region that allowed gays to gather openly; University of Southern California’s gay and lesbian archives and museum; the artistic extension of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, and its theaters and galleries; Celebration Theatre, the birthplace of Naked Boys Singing; the first exclusively gay and lesbian disco for African Americans, Jewel’s Catch One; the Mattachine Steps, where America’s first official gay organization was founded by Harry Hay; and so much more.

Of course, no visit to Tinseltown would be complete without also paying homage to its silver screen heritage. Do it at the Hollywood Museum, the Dolby Theatre®—home of the Academy Awards®—and the TCL Chinese Theater, where you’ll find the famous Walk of Fame and those stars’ impersonators. Window-ogling on Rodeo Drive is as necessary as it is on New York’s Fifth Avenue for the same reason, but watching for celebrities on Hollywood and Vine, or even a tour of their mansion neighborhoods, is just as much of a must-do. However, all of that can wait until the afternoon—mornings in this early-to-bed, early-to-rise health-conscious city are well-spent at Will Rogers State Beach, a.k.a. “Ginger Rogers Beach,” the unofficial gay beach of La La Land.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene, centered in West Hollywood (WeHo), especially Boystown
  • The Abbey in West Hollywood was voted “Best Gay Bar in the World” by MTV’s Logo TV network
  • LGBT activist and acclaimed chef Susan Feniger’s Mud Hen Tavern is a noteworthy meal
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since June 2013

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