At the base of the Hollywood Hills, the city of West Hollywood is the centre of LGBTQ Los Angeles. In 1984, West Hollywood became the first majority-gay municipality in the country, and ever since, its rich tradition of pride and acceptance has been enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Today, LGBTQ residents comprise more than 40 per cent of the 1.9-square-mile community, and the pedestrian crossings are painted in welcoming rainbows.
It goes without saying that the entire area is LGBTQ-friendly with excellent restaurants, hotels and shopping on every corner. As for nightlife, consider The Abbey as your first stop. One of the most famous gay bars and nightclubs in the world, The Abbey has everything from go-go dancers to high-end cocktails and surprisingly good food. Turn up the volume at Girl Bar and check out Fubar if you’re looking for an underground feel, or try The Bayou for a late-night happy-hour scene. End the weekend with drag-queen bingo nights held every Sunday at Hamburger Mary’s.
Come June, West Hollywood becomes the home base for the LA Pride Festival and Parade. The month-long celebration includes festivities around the city, but the main event is the two-day festival in West Hollywood Park, which welcomes more than 400,000 people each year. Listen to A-list musicians perform on the event’s three stages and watch the elaborate floats roll by at the Sunday parade. Additionally, One City One Pride commences in late May, showcasing LGBTQ visual and performing arts with free events around the city.