No one is proud to be gay in LA?

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    May 18, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    I went to my first pride event last year at LA pride. It was ok in all, but my friend who took me said it really sucked compared to last year. I also have a couple of friends who say it has been going down over the years. I I wondered why.. I think I know. No one is proud to be gay in LA

    I all the time hear online and in person it is hard to be gay in LA. Its very superficial and phony, but where in LA isn't it lol. Anyway I think Pride has been going down because no one is proud do have to be part of this mess that is West Hollywood. My friend she ran away from home in the 80's because her parents disowned her for being gay. She ran away to Weho. She told me it has changed so much that is wasn't this bad. I mean does anyone like to be compared to the people who are in Weho all the time? It is almost used as an insult now.

    This is just an idea. Anyone else know why pride has been going down?
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    May 18, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    Mayhap they are busy making sure they keep their jobs?
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    May 18, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Ramshackle saidMayhap they are busy making sure they keep their jobs?


    If you mean because of the recession last year in June barely anyone knew that the recession was coming or going on. This has been a gradual decline in the Pride events too form what I hear

    If you mean because they are not out of the closet? If that was the case people wouldn't say Long Beach is way better. LB and Orange County is much more conservative
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    May 18, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    although I'm not 100% sure, I do believe its happening everywhere, sydneys Mardigras has been declining year after year here, there was a point when it wasn't going to happen because they just didn't have the money to put on the event..

    I think they've enough funding but from what I've heard its nothing like it used to be.

    I think as society comes to accept GBLT cause that this will continue to happen because, it was once a time to show the world you were here and we weren't going to be swept under the rug..

    maybe they aren't needed so much anymore? or maybe we need a new avenue to go down.
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    May 18, 2009 5:49 AM GMT
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    Ramshackle saidMayhap they are busy making sure they keep their jobs?


    If you mean because of the recession last year in June barely anyone knew that the recession was coming or going on. This has been a gradual decline in the Pride events too form what I hear

    If you mean because they are not out of the closet? If that was the case people wouldn't say Long Beach is way better. LB and Orange County is much more conservative



    yeah, Long Beach and OC are much more conservative, I know this for a fact, I grew up in OC, which is probably why I left - I live in SF now. Back to your LA post, I live there for a couple of years, West Hollywood is an okay town, it has its moment, I went to LA pride '07 & '08 ! and it just seem the same old thing - out of town people walking around, half-naked guys walking everywhere. They turned the Abbey and Rage plus a couple other clubs into like a Magic Disco Stage theme. There are some few genuine gay men in LA but I mean - the city is so huge, it's even hard just to drive and visit them. I think now, West Hollywood is still a gay town but it has more Celeb-Culture vibe and the Abbey has a more straight/mixed crowd, the last time I was in LA was around April of this year, I was there for like a couple of weeks, trying to catch up with peeps, it seems like most people have left bc of the economy/recession, so many renting signs. Let's face it, LA is still an expensive town to live in, at least in the West Side Part of town anyway. icon_cool.gif
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    May 18, 2009 7:37 AM GMT
    I think it's because some/most gays are over it. They way I see it, it's like going to Disneyland. You go once or twice, and you really don't care to go again because you've been on all the rides and there's nothing new. The only time you go again is when you have a friend come visiting from out of town, and you want to show him a good time.

    And besides, why should one be proud only one time a year? You should be proud to be gay everyday. icon_cool.gif
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    May 18, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    maybe because our sexuality is accepted by non-gay Los Angeles to a greater degree than where the rest of ya'll live and therefore we feel less need to scream out our "pride". and what does "going down hill" specifically refer to? there there weren't enough dykes on bikes?
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    May 18, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    I think as younger generations grow up and mature we will see less and less of these types of functions. The reason being that we will be more accepted by the public.

    There wont be a need to throw it in everyones face and let them know how proud we are because we will be more accepted for who we are and be able to be proud of ourselves as well as our friends.

    The same is happening to gay bars around here. 10-15 years ago there would be a line around the building, it was open every wed, fri sat and sun.

    Now they are only open on fri-sun and friday nights are dying fast! I went not long ago on a sat nite and it was absolutely horrible. Music was bad, It wasnt even packed and I just left.

    They say because of the "will and grace" generation that alot of gays are going to straight clubs, cruises and etc because they are accepted there as well and hang out with their straight friends. But then the gay clubs seem like its half straight people anymore to! haha live and let live!!
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    May 18, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    1. The Prop 8 battle may have exhausted & depressed the gay community in California.
    2. Some gays see the excesses of certain gay pride events (but not all, as I have argued here) as contributing to a negative gay image that helped in the passage of Prop 8.
    3. The economy.
    4. Younger gays have grown up in a more open & accepting environment than previous generations, Prop 8 notwithstanding, and so fail to see the relevance of gay pride to them.
  • metta

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    May 18, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    The people that I know that normally go, did not go this year because their schedules were just too busy this year. They made it to the knott's event but were not able to go to Long Beach. They will go next year.

    I have not been in so many years but it is really not my thing. I don't go to clubs either. I don't drink, do any drugs, hookup or want to show off my body. I just don't feel like I fit in those places so I don't go.

    I'm sure that the economy did play a role in less people as everything else this year. The economy was much slower last year as well.

    That being said, it is not just pride festivals, many bars all around the country have closed.