Author: Scott Schmidt

What We Learned from “What Happens at The Abbey”

If you weren’t one of the 300,000 watching What Happens at The Abbey, do not fret, because we watched all seven episodes for you!  Here are a few things we learned: Do not sleep with your co-workers, especially if there is a vertical relationship in the workplace; The gay-on-straight-predator narrative is just as offensive when it involves lesbians; It is possible to afford a $2 million West Hollywood West McMansion on a VIP Server salary. We’re kidding, of course, about the last one, even if it is something that happened in the show. With a peak in ratings at close to...

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Principles of Pride

Advertise Here This weekend was LGBT Pride across the country in places like New York, Chicago and San Francisco, and a disturbing trend emerged: those who do not fit an ideological orthodoxy were shunned, shamed and excluded from the celebration.  In Chicago, two Jewish lesbians were kicked out of the Dyke March, in North Carolina, Gays for Trump were excluded from the Pride parade and in New York, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley who spoke out against gay oppression in Iran and Russia was jeered leaving brunch during Pride. Let me propose four Principles of Pride that I hope our community can agree on...

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So, how gay must a gay bar be?

Despite their best journalistic efforts, the New York Times fails to answer the question, how gay must a gay bar be? On any given Saturday night in West Hollywood’s historic Boystown, the question becomes important to ponder.  I do not have an answer either but have some metrics and considerations to throw out there: Numbers: There is a critical mass somewhere between 60-80% of clientele that makes a place seem authentic to its identity.  Massing: Are all the straight girls huddling together in a group or are they with actual gay friends? That makes a difference.  Behavior: The percentage of gay/straight...

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The Abbey gets NY Times Close-Up

West Hollywood’s world-famous Abbey just got a little more famous by featuring in the New York Times Magazine‘s Pride edition as the Gray Lady asks, how gay does a bar have to be to be gay? “My older gay clientele were saying, ‘Gosh, there are so many straight people in here,’” said David Cooley, the bar’s owner. “My argument was, we’ve been fighting for equality for all these years. We can’t reverse-discriminate and say: ‘You’re straight. You can’t come in here.’” Well there’s also public accommodation laws too… and if you look closely, you may see yours truly with his dancing...

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Friday’s a Drag in WeHo

What will we do in WeHo without RuPaul’s Drag Race to entertain us on Friday evenings? We will have to wait until next week to find out… In the meantime, those lucky enough to attend the taping of last night’s Season 9 Finale were waiting to see whether two moments made it into the televised version… they didn’t, so here’s what you missed: At the beginning of the episode, all fourteen contestants took the stage and after a dramatic entrance RuPaul implored the contestants, declaring, “may the best woman win!” The crowd at Glendale’s Alex Theater then started chanting,...

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