“It would be nice to get credit,” said Lynn Segerblom, a tie-dye artist who concocted the dyeing process for the giant flags and who was then known as Faerie Argyle Rainbow.

The design and sewing of the first rainbow flag often is solely credited to the self-described “gay Betsy Ross,” Gilbert Baker — a well-known activist and drag queen who died last year — with little or no mention of the artists and volunteers who helped that summer.

Research by sociologists shows that heterosexuals are willing to extend “formal rights” to same-sex couples — policies such as family leave, hospital visitation, inheritance rights and insurance benefits. Yet they are unwilling to grant them “informal privileges” such as the freedom to express affection in public places by holding hands or sharing a kiss — or whether they can get a custom wedding cake.

As equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community slowly becomes the norm across the nation, a beautiful by-product has emerged: There are more places than ever for people of all sexual preferences to come together and party. Here in L.A., queer nightlife has long been a primary source for joyful revelry and creative expression, and promoters and owners alike keep evolving, growing and "(gay)me-changing" beyond social stereotypes, with new hot spots in new parts of town.

L.A. Pride has gotten big. Really big. On the one hand, this should definitely be celebrated. Perhaps it's grown as equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community has grown as well. Perhaps, in the age of Trump, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies want to remain powerful and be more visible. Or perhaps Pride's decision to focus more on music and booking bigger acts — which, over the years has raised concerns and charges that it's turning into "Gay-Chella" — has led to this surge. Whatever the case may be, it was clear in the streets of WeHo this weekend that Pride 2018 was one of, if not the, biggest ever — which sadly had some negative consequences as well.

Next spring the Los Angeles LGBT Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the opening of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus and a multimillion-dollar major expansion, and nobody could be giddier about it than chef and board member Susan Feniger.

The center, which has seven facilities across West Hollywood, has provided LGBT individuals and their families with health and social services, housing, and cultural and educational programs since 1969.

The organizers of this year’s Queer Biennial have focused the art event around the highest aspirations imaginable, utopian hopes and visions. “The title of this year’s Queer Biennial is ‘What If Utopia,’” curator Ruben Esparza says. “I think it’s important to have something thematic that drives a point. … The artists have been creating something beautiful the world has never seen.”

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