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“Tip the World on Its Side and Everything Loose will Land in Los Angeles”

Beneath the glossy veneer of L.A. lies a town steeped in gay history. Our web editor Nick Bond visited the City of Angels and unearthed some of its hidden gems...

That infamous quote came from late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who, many insist, meant it as something of a slight towards the great city of Los Angeles: a restless, urban metropolis, collecting rudderless dreamers from around the world. But talk to a native Los Angelian today – or more likely, someone who’s come from elsewhere to make L.A. their adopted home – and they’ll wear Wright’s quote as a badge of honour.

On arriving in Los Angeles for the very first time – perhaps as one of those ‘loose’ people Wright referred to, being an Aussie visiting from my new home of London – I visited the Huntington: a tranquil private art gallery, library and botanical gardens out west of the city in Pasadena that houses a collection of materials from iconic gay novelist Christopher Isherwood (A Single Man). Poring carefully over some of his rare personal documents, I arrived at a letter he sent home to his mother in 1939, shortly after he arrived in Los Angeles:

“The people are most friendly; we all live openly in the sunshine. If you appear dressed in red velvet or walking a baby puma, nobody bats an eyelid.”

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