For over 100 years, Laguna Beach has been a welcome home to gays and lesbians. But now that legacy is at risk.
In late 2005, the landmark Boom Boom Room dance club and the adjoining Coast Inn were sold to make way for an 11-room hotel and restaurant.
Laguna Beach has no shortage of hotel space, but the Boom is a historical treasure. Housed inside the city's second-oldest hotel, it is the oldest gay bar in the western United States and an anchor of Laguna's gay community. If the Boom were demolished, an important local institution would be lost forever.