What’s L.A.’s Quintessential Gayborhood?

Los Angeles Gayborhood

Within the realm of gay Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Silver Lake are like the Sharks and the Jets. One is a community of party boys and twunks (the portmanteau of twink and hunk, for all you basic heterosexuals), characterized by their chiseled physiques and designer tank tops. Contrastingly, the other is an edgier, more bohemian realm that prefers tattoos and scruff over Diesel jeans and washboard abs. And, like the rival gangs of West Side Story, these two diametrically opposite social spheres have long engaged in a turf war, specifically over the mantle of L.A.’s most quintessential gay neighborhood.

For a glimpse into these opposing “gayborhoods,” one need look no further than YouTube, where a pair of current web series encapsulate their respective queer experiences. Representing WeHo and its overt aura of hedonism is Go-Go Boy Interrupted, by local comedian Jimmy Fowlie. The series chronicles the misadventures of Danny, a substance-abusing club dancer who, at 30, ages out of the only profession for which he’s qualified. As a former go-go boy, Fowlie’s comedy also contains an autobiographical aspect.

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Authored By Michael Ciriaco
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