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Welcome to the first of hopefully many in our Queer Girl City Guides 2. This Los Angeles City Guide has been a massive group effort, building off a city guide co-authored two years ago by two incredible Autostraddle readers, Jill and Al. Image: The all-female automotive team at a gas station in Hollywood,
When it comes to letting off steam in the steam, Los Angeles offers a smorgasbord of venues to release your inner devil. A handful of bath houses still exist within the city and underground parties with tempting darkrooms are becoming more commonplace. This makes the Los Angeles gay cruising scene a popular attraction for those looking for something a little kinky in this Californian city.
Soon after moving to Silver Lake last year, Keith Farr realized the daytime serenity of his neighborhood was deceptive. Once he awoke to the sounds of police making an arrest in his yard. Another night, he came home to find two men engaged in sex on the stairs to his second-floor duplex.
Myriam Gurba lives and works in Long Beach, California. She wrote the short story collection "Painting their Portraits in Winter. This guidebook, like all guidebooks, was written for the hungry.
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The combination of testosterone and walls lined with gay adult books, magazines, DVDs, sex toys and lubricants among other novelties makes for a particularly sexually charged environment, otherwise known as ground zero for cruising. In addition to this WeHo mainstay, there's also a Silver Lake outpost. The fact that both stores are within stumbling distance of popular gay hot spots like Akbar Silver Lake and Fubar WeHo only adds to their allure.
Photo by Freek Zonderland via Stocksy. A favorite of those seeking a thrill in the early Internet age, as well as more than a few closet cases, the site has long been home to detailed information about where to seek anonymous trysts in mostly public locations—from a cruisy toilet near the Disney World monorail to a steamy locker room in the basement of a Moscow health club. To ensure the publicly horny aren't caught in a sting by law enforcement—who have historically played the part of affable co-masturbator, until they arrest you for solicitation—users were and still are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior to the site itself as a "heads up. The paradox of the site—that the publicness that made it so appealing also put its users at risk—was not lost on founder Keith "Cruisemaster" Griffith, who penned feature stories about how to avoid arrest.
This is a fair definition, but some guys would define cruising more loosely: a basic sex hunt, not something you specifically set out to do but rather something you are always doing. We do it on the subway and in the office and anywhere a handsome gentleman might lift his shirt to wipe sweat off his forehead. In our minds, we lift his shirt the rest of the way and tug on the brim of his trousers with our teeth.