Long Beach, California’s sixth largest city, once had a reputation as a gang-infested dump, with Angelenos looked down on it like New Yorkers turn their noses up at Jersey City. Partly thanks to good leadership, a plummeting crime rate, and changing neighborhoods, the bad rap slowly receded and Long Beach is now a highly desirable location for LGBTs to both live and play. Here are five other things that make LB a California destination worth your time:
Long Beach hosts a legendary Pride that many say is better than L.A.’s or San Diego’s. The event has become the third largest Pride in the nation, attracting over 80,000 people to downtown LB for two days in late May. A diverse mix of southern California that attracts all races and genders, Long Beach Pride is a reflection of the modern melting pot of the city. The most recent event, called “Reflections of Pride,” just wrapped with performances from Kelly Rowland, Cazwell, CeCe Peniston, and Alec Mapa.