As equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community slowly becomes the norm across the nation, a beautiful by-product has emerged: There are more places than ever for people of all sexual preferences to come together and party. Here in L.A., queer nightlife has long been a primary source for joyful revelry and creative expression, and promoters and owners alike keep evolving, growing and “(gay)me-changing” beyond social stereotypes, with new hot spots in new parts of town.
Faultline: From butch to bears, drag to divas, variety vamps up the Faultline this days. The lusty (mostly) leather bar offers parties with names like Take It Off Thursdays and Ma-Donna Summer (melding the Material Girl and the disco bad girl), attracting colorful crowds for dancing, drinking and cruising. (Gay)me-changer: The bar’s legendary beer busts on Sundays make for the most bodacious bash you’ll find to close out the weekend. 4216 Melrose Ave., East Hollywood; (323) 660-0889. faultlinebar.com.