Saw this forum just a few minutes ago and wanted to respond... I have been living in LA now continuously since 2002, and it took me a while to adjust and I hated going to the bars, I thought everywhere I went was pretentious etc...
that is until I lost a lot of weight. Then it all changed lol. And finally the bf and I joined the gym together last year around this time and we started weight training. I get looks and flirted with etc. I feels great and a validation for working out.
Been out of the gym this week - both of us are sick
But anyway back to the topic, LA can be a lot of fun if you know where to go and what to do.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy going to WeHo for the bars and boy watching etc... but there is so much more to LA than people are willing to discover, however I do believe that is changing.
Downtown is becoming a haven for new places, there is Griffith park, Silverlake has a whole other side to the gay life including bars that can be quite different from the typical WeHo atmosphere, new places in Hollywood, Los Feliz, lots of Museums to check out etc...
LA is what you make of it, sure I can't stand it at times, there are times I get so intimidated at the gym that I freak out and leave (the Arclight 24 hour!) but I get over it.
I would love to go back home to SF but I have a good job and great place in Hollywood etc... so I am sticking with it for a bit more at least. Trust me, my bf would have me move the second I said lets do it.
I stayed in LA due to meeting my bf a few months before graduating college back in 2006 just as I was about to move back up north (he was here on business and thinking about moving to LA).
Make LA work for you!