local politics

It’s Young Gays v. Old Gays In West Hollywood’s City Council Battle

An “uncommonly bitter” city council election goes down tomorrow in West Hollywood, the place where, kids are being told, it gets better. Six challengers, all gays, want to oust three sitting councilmembers up for re-election. What’s so bad about the incumbents? They support the gentrification of the famous Los Angeles gayborhood, their opponents accuse, and would rather see the things that attract young and less economically advantaged gays (like bars and sex clubs, I guess?) get run out of town so another Marc Jacobs store can open, which the older and richer gays would love. West Hollywood, which is a distinct government entity from Los Angeles, and claims an estimated 40 percent of its 35,000 residents to be homos, no longer needs to be the gay-specific haven it once was, insists gay Mayor John Heilman: “We still have the same number of gay people, but straight people now feel comfortable going into a gay area and socializing. A lot of people are proud of their identity, but they’re not going out to bars all the time anymore. Their priorities have shifted as they’ve gotten older.” If the six challengers really wanted to draw a crowd of supporters at tomorrow’s election, they should’ve been accusing The Olds of trying to take away their annual gay pride parade, because ewww, Speeods. Nobody would’ve stood for that.