To the editor: Ann Friedman woefully misrepresented Studio One, the location of which in West Hollywood may be demolished. For most gay men living outside West Hollywood, it represented bigotry, racism and sexism. Scott Forbes, its owner, wanted to limit the number of gay men of color and women. His doormen used every racist excuse possible to keep black gay men out, requiring two or three pieces of photo ID from African Americans and none or one piece from white men. To limit the number of women, excuses were made up on the spot based on what they were wearing, like no open-toe shoes. Rather than being a beacon of pride, countless gay community protests were held there.
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The small but bustling city of West Hollywood, which is completely encircled by the city of Los Angeles , has come to be identified as one of the world's great gay meccas. A good many of its nearly 35, residents are gay, and the city contains the greatest concentration of gay-popular hotels , restaurants, shops, and bars in greater Los Angeles. For gay visitors to L.