Straight Outta Weho: Real L’s Romi Launches Rap Career With “Gay in LA”

So. This is a thing that happened today on the internet. I kinda like it, actually.

Courtesy of, directed by Daniel Ainsworth and featuring Romi Klinger and Shay from Love Darling.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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      • being a foreigner forced me to actually google “drapes”.
        after finding out what it means I needed a moment to actually get whatcha talkin about….

        being ‘lost in translation’ makes my commenting mostly innocently and G-Rated (and also grammatical suspect)…so noo I’m just talking about a dead bird and her head hair :D

  1. i really love it when people can laugh at themselves and/or not take things too seriously. a great vid imo :)

    • I agree. Since I read Romi’s Autostraddle Interview I started liking her, now this video shows me that she has a sense of humor. Plus she has good taste in girlfriends (Kelsey)
      And the song is catchy, I am still humming “its good to be gay in LA in LA”

  2. romi in the beginning with a lollipop in the middle of the bar not talking to anyone is how i feel like i probably look every time i’m carted to a lesbian party

  3. awesome. strap-on and dreds. dead parrot earring…. Romi: forever the fashion guru.

    but, who was the hottie running on the treadmill in the gym?

    • I was here and I watched this video…

      30 minutes ago and all I can hear in my head still is “it’s gooooood, to be gayyyyy, in elll-ayyy, in elll-ayyy”…

  4. If that was any longer than three minutes, I wouldn’t have been able to make it through that.

    I get it, you had sex on the tv. It was a while ago. Can we talk about something else?

    relatedly, why did I watch that. (because i’m procrastinating is the answer)

    • I watched it, I will usually give anything a chance that someone takes their time for us to put on the site. Half way through I thought, why? Not why am I watching, just… why?

    • I expected these to be my feelings, but then I found it hilarious. Like, really really hilarious.

      But it also somehow made me never want to live in LA. IDK.

  5. So, I guess the jewelry thing didn’t work out. This is a much better use of her um…creativity. Yeah.

  6. I want a dead parrot earring.

    also I’ve never even watched TRLW, and I know Romi’s taken some heat, but I like her. it seems like she handles herself in the spotlight pretty well, she has cool style, plus she was an as calendar girl. all of them get bonus points.

  7. I wonder how much of this song is a direct response to the AS recaps………………

    Riese, you’re a muse.

  8. “This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! He’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! He’s a stiff! Bereft of life! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!”

    • “If you hadn’t nailed him to the perch he’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now history! He’s off the twig! He’s kicked the bucket, he’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!”

  9. Okay, so I never watched the Real L-Word because:

    1) I don’t do reality shows, for the most part
    2) After season 4 of The L-Word I was fed up with Chaiken.

    So, my only pop-culture exposure to Romi is this site… and this seemed pretty funny. But then I didn’t see her get banged on TV, so I imagine I might roll my eyes more if I had.

  10. Before I watch it, let me clarify:
    This is a JOKE video, right?
    Like a spoof, piss take, LOLOLOL vid,NOT a serious move for Romi into the world of rap music?

    I need to know before I can procceed, as my cringe reflex is so strong that watching a genuine alternative lifestyle BRAPPWIKKAWIKKA could be dangerous.

  11. I genuinely liked it… I don’t want to know what that says about me. My favorite part is her on the treadmill…. that look she gives the girl next to her is priceless. ;)

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