Gay Los Angeles: Hollywood

McDonald/Write Building | Photo courtesy of The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Tinseltown offers visitors and locals alike an entire rainbow of attractions and activities. Read on to find out more about Gay L.A.: the Hollywood edition.

One of Hollywood's must-sees is the world famous courtyard at TCL Chinese Theatre, where you can match your hand and footprints with those of Judy Garland or Rock Hudson. Next door, you can tour the Dolby Theatre, part of the landmark Hollywood & Highland Center and home of the Academy Awards®. Catch a flick at the historic Egyptian Theatre, a supporter of Outfest. Distinct among Hollywood’s Klieg lights is The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, featuring an extensive roster of community services and events. Melrose Avenue’s fleet of trendy shops, such as Fluevog for those with a footwear fetish, will entice even the most disciplined shopper.

When it's time to fuel up, legendary Pink’s Hot Dogs serves weenies, and you can even order a vegan variety. If dogs aren’t your dish, round the corner to swanky M Café De Chaya for scrumptious macrobiotic fare and celeb spotting. For a high-end culinary adventure at very fair prices, stay awhile at Top Chef Masters contestant Susan Feniger’s restaurant Mud Hen Tavern, inspired by cuisines from all over the world.

A visit to L.A. really wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Universal Studios Hollywood, where so much movie magic has happened. The state-of-the-art Transformers: The Ride-3D offers an experience like no other theme park ride you’ve been on. Whether you take your kids, your honey or both, it's a unique opportunity for different generations of thrillseekers to enjoy the latest and greatest from Hollywood.

Tinsletown’s LGBT nightlife reflects its diversity. TigerHeat at Avalon is a weekly Thursday night 18-plus dance party that's perfect for grooving the night away, or spice things up with L.A.'s Latin LGBT community at Arena and Circus Disco. Get down at Jewel’s Catch One, the original African-American LGBT disco, and peruse a show at Latin drag bar, La Plaza. When you finally make it out of bed in the morning, the pickin's are fresh at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers' Market, as crowds gather to check out fresh produce, food stands, flower stalls and street performers.