WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- When a college-aged Anne-Marie Williams came out, TV shows like “Will & Grace” were years in the future. Internet search engines didn’t generate a list of LGBT resources with a few keystrokes. There were no easily accessible windows into LGBT life—except by visiting the gayborhood.
“I would drive here [to West Hollywood] to see what gay people were like,” said Williams, who grew up in South Gate, near downtown L.A. “This is where I came to just observe and watch … It was nice to see people who looked like me, acted like me. It helped me figure things out.”