WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- While about 41 percent of WeHo’ans are gay and bisexual men, lesbians and bi women account for just 5 percent of the city’s population. For that 5 percent, it can be difficult to find gathering spaces to meet one another and connect with community.
“There’s nothing lesbian in West Hollywood at all … we are trying to bring the ‘L’ into West Hollywood, into the gay Mecca,” said Lauren Costine, who pointed to the recent closing of lesbian bar The Palms, and before it the lesbian-oriented Normandie Room, a lesbian bar that closed in 2009, and Little Frida’s, a popular lesbian coffee house in the 1990s.
Costine is one of the women behind the new Lesbian Center, which she envisions as providing a safe space where L.A.-area lesbians of all ages and backgrounds can get together and develop a sense of community outside of the bar scene. The center, which is in the process of applying for nonprofit status, will have a launch party and fundraiser called “Wonder Women” at a Hancock Park residence on Saturday, Oct. 12.
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