daveindenver saidNope... Didn't start as a gay deal. You should go...one of the most fun things you'll ever do. ..
It was a small artists gathering, originally in SF, later moving to the desolate, flat Nevada desert, where it's still held. They build a temporary community for the event, then tear it all down until next year. Today it's so big they have full-time staff and offices in SF to plan for it.
By the 1990s it had attracted a lot of Silicone Valley people, who remain very prominent there. One of my friends with Microsoft in Redmond, WA, also started going in 1995. The latest trend has been the mega-rich, likewise mostly from the computer industry and related hi-tech fields.
Which has generated some controversy. They arrive in, or rent, luxury motorhomes, or have elaborate accommodations built for them. And engage the very expensive services of upscale travel agents. To include the use of on-site concierges they've hired, known in slang as "Sherpas". Deviating from the original artsy, under-funded, counter-culture spirit of the event. Think of Woodstock in the desert with art.
The advantage that many now enjoy and tout is that the zillionaires fund incredible, gigantic art works. And much of the infrastructure that allows it to happen so smoothly on such a huge scale.