Los Angeles city council takes down ‘anti-gay’ U-turn signs

Los Angeles City Council members have removed seemingly innocuous traffic signs from a neighborhood, claiming that they were homophobic.

In a move that drew mockery and scorn on social media, the signs were taken down in a gesture of goodwill to the very special demographic for “Pride” month, a 30-day national celebration of homosexuality and other alternate sexual lifestyles.

The offensive signs which read “No cruising. No U-turns. Midnight to 6 am” had been put up in 1997 in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood “with the intent to curb gay men from roaming the streets to hook up,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“Los Angeles has a rich history of welcoming the LGBTQIA+ community, but there has also been real and present homophobia— which at times has been inscribed into the city’s physical spaces, as with these no-U-turn signs,” said District 4 Councilmember Nithya Raman in a statement.

According to the LA Times, “In the late 90s when the internet was still new and gay dating apps like Grindr did not exist, queer men sometimes relied on printed guidebooks that listed public areas where they could find love, sex and community without outing themselves.”

“Among those areas was West Hollywood, where anti-gay traffic signs similar to the ones removed Monday were installed in 1991 and later removed — and Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake, where Soto-Martinez and Raman’s districts now meet. The area is also where more than half a dozen bars, all within a 2-mile radius, serve a thriving queer clientele between East Hollywood and Silver Lake,” the outlet reported.

“How is a no u turn sign homophobic? What am I missing here? This is bonkers,” remarked Outkick founder and nationally syndicated talk radio host Clay Travis.

X users offered up their takes on the ceremonious removal of the road signs that hurt the feelings of the thin-skinned demographic.

“We are living in an era with where there are, annually, hundreds of bills being introduced discriminating against transgender people,” said Maebe A. Girl, a representative of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council who etched his name in the history books as the first drag queen to be elected to public office in the nation.

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And queer people are very much on the menu right now,” Girl told the Los Angeles Times.

They only wanted to be allowed get married, a wish granted by the Supreme Court which unintentionally ushered in a new era of bullying and censorship akin to an American version of the religiously intolerant Taliban.

Chris Donaldson


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