FollowingRivers saidI moved from Atlanta to Dallas, TX after college to work for a consulting firm. We have a lot of offices across the US.
So, I was thinking about relocating to either NYC or LA.
But I am more set on LA.
I actually never been to LA myself, but I did visit NYC.
Just wondering what's life out there in LA as a gay (black) man and if it's easy to get acquainted.
Any advice or experience welcomed. Thanks y'all.
Message me. Los Angeles is a great town with a lot of opportunity, but not nearly all that it's cracked up to be, especially in terms of race relations in the gay community. L.A. gays tend to be, on average, much LESS inclusive and integrated than gays in other cities, I think due to the superficiality and white-is-better attitude of the fashion and entertainment industries centered here. Black and Asian gays tend to be more isolated here than in other comparable cities -- NYC, Chicago, London, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Paris etc. The gay community in L.A. is shockingly segregated and racially hostile, much more so even than the straight, Southern communities in which I grew up. If you're white (either of non-Hispanic or Hispanic descent) and decently-attractive, you'll have guys falling all over you here. Otherwise, getting a group of reliable gay friends can be tough. And there are exceptions, of course, but I'm speaking in generalities.
That said, L.A. does have its perks and many wonderful attributes -- as long as you do not get hung up on socializing in Hollywood and West Hollywood, or on impressing other people, comparing yourself to others, and looking outside yourself for validation. Message me.