From the time it was first incorporated by a group of gay activists, West Hollywood has styled itself as America's gayest city. Throughout the '80s and '90s it was a magnet for young gay men and lesbians looking for a place where they could fit in and be accepted. It was a place of bohemian lifestyles and bold experimentation. It's a town where the American flag and the gay pride rainbow flag fly side by side.
Sam Hancock, 20, moved to Berlin 10 months ago, where he is living as part of his degree in English Literature at Warwick University. Between times working as a language assistant at a German high school, he writes his "Berlin Blog," an insightful view of the changes taking place in the German capital.