WeHo Ties with Chicago’s Boystown as the Best ‘Gayborhood’

The Boystown area of West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard.

There is some good news for those West Hollywood residents who are wringing their hands in worry that the city is losing its gay identity: West Hollywood has tied with Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood as the best “gayborhood.”

WeHo’s win comes in a “Best of GayCities” poll by GayCities, an LGBTQ city guide and travel site.

San Francisco won the “gold” award as “Most Welcoming City,” followed by New Orleans and New York City. Others in the Best of GayCities ranking can be found online here.

Chicago’s Boystown district is located in Lakeview, It is the first officially recognized “gay village” in the United States.

GayCities’ announcement comes as West Hollywood’s gay community is engaged in another discussion about the future of the nightlife district on the west end of Santa Monica Boulevard known by some as Boystown. That discussion is prompted by announcements of new bars and restaurants that aren’t specifically targeting a gay clientele, the move of the Andrew Christian apparel shop to downtown Los Angeles and by the announcement yesterday that The Block Party, a well-known gay apparel shop, is leaving WeHo’s Boystown.

GayCities is a location-based social network that helps people discover LGBT-focused places and events in cities around the world. It is owned by Q.Digital, a media company targeting the LGBTQ community that also publishes Queerty, a popular entertainment site, and LGBTQ Nation, the world’s most followed LGBTQ site with more than 1.8 million social media fans.

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J Simmons
J Simmons
6 years ago

BOYSTOWN is a negative image, disinvites all other members of the LGBTQ et al Community and I’VE NEVER HEARD “BOYSTOWN” in reference to any Chicago or San Francisco Neighbourhood. It’s a slight upon our own diverse & and respectable community.

Robert Muniz
6 years ago

All the nightlife and young multi-cultural gay enthusiasm is in the downtown area these days. WeHo needs to look towards addressing the lack of diversity in it’s scene if it wants to remain relevant…

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