Hey everyone! I’m Neil Garcia your host for wehopediatv**** your online video guide to being Gay in LA, and the West Hollywood lifestyle. On this edition of Wehopedia I’ll be discussing West Hollywood which is also referred to as WeHo or BoysTown.
The total residential population of West Hollywood is just over 37,000; however, the nighttime and weekend population swells to between 80,000 and 100,000, with a high of up to 500,000 during major events such as Halloween or the Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade.
Weho covers 1.9 square miles with the epicenter being Santa Monica Boulevard. Santa Monica Blvd is home to all the best Gay bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and shops. In Weho gay or bisexual men account for 41% of the population making it home to arguably the largest gay community in the united states.
Now for some Weho history. In the 60s, a club called Ciro's held the first gay dance nights on Sundays, known as "Tea Dances" [or "T-Dances"]. Men dancing together was illegal, but as with the casinos and speakeasies that had gone before, the laws were not strictly enforced. This tolerance led to more gay clubs after Ciro's closed, as well as the end of the anti-gay laws that prohibited dancing between two persons of the same gender in Los Angeles County. The building that Ciro's occupied is now the home of The Comedy Store.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little Weho history and make sure to click on our other editions to get the down low on gay hangouts and gay terminology. Thanks for watching WEHOPEDIATV****, I’m Neil Garcia see you in Weho!