It has some of the iconic sites of gay culture, including the Stonewall Inn, where Gay Liberation began. Plenty of gay bars, bookstores, organizations, and cultural events. Plus the best museums, art galleries, and bookstores in the world were a brief subway ride away.
Still, there was something cold about the City, something distant, something...well, almost grim. West Hollywood felt like home from the moment I arrived, but in the City I was always a stranger.
During my three years living with Edward in the East Village, I only had one real boyfriend: Joe the Regular Guy, who moved back to Pennsylvania after a year.
But I had a series of crazy hookups, dates, and sausage sightings.
2. Back in L.A. for a visit, a celebrity date with Nate Richert, who played Harvey on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I didn't know who he was at the time.
3. The Harvard boy I picked up in the Rare Book room of the Widener Library. That was in Boston, not New York.
4. Tomor the Mongolian Shaman. Ok, he was from Paris, not New York, but how often do you meet Mongolians? Who are shamans? Who are gay? And gifted beneath the belt?
5. Barry, an acolyte at a traditional but pro-gay Catholic community, who got exorcised from a homophobic demon. I think I just wanted to date him because of the exorcism.
6. The HIV Positive bondage boy: he had just gotten his positive status, and he wanted to go to the New York Bondage Club for his birthday. He had never tried BDSM before, but he figured it was safe sex.
7. Another celebrity date, with Broadway songster Andrew Lloyd Webber. Again, I didn't have the slightest idea who he was at the time. But we had tacos in a limousine.
8. Matt the Bartender, who convinced me to spend the night with him because it was the night of December 31, 1999, and the Y2K bug was making everything go crazy. At least, that's what he claimed. That was in Indianapolis, not New York.
The complete list, with nude photos, is on Tales of West Hollywood.