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One Year Later: Signs of Hope at the Center

It was just over a year ago that Dave Garcia was put in charge of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s election night party to celebrate, in part, what seemed certain to be a Hillary Clinton presidential victory. Garcia, the Center’s director of policy and community building, now describes it as “the most disappointing evening of our lives.” “But a year later, we are fighting back,” Garcia said...

LA LGBT Center Slams Trump Admin for "Repugnant" Reversal of Trans Worker Protections

The Los Angeles LGBT Center describes the Trump administration’s reversal of a federal civil rights law protecting transgender people from discrimination in the workplace as “shameful” and “morally repugnant.” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday sent a two-page memo to federal attorneys and agency directors reversing the Obama administration’s decision in 2014 to include gender...

Valerie Jarrett Laments “Shocking” LGBT Setbacks Under Trump

Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama, is keenly aware that the honor she’s receiving from the Los Angeles LGBT Center at its 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on Saturday, Sept. 23, is coming at a perilous time in American history, particularly for LGBT people. “I know people are scared and feeling very vulnerable and under attack,” she tells the Los Angeles Blade in an...

Gay British MP Stewart McDonald Says “No” to Trump Visit

Stewart McDonald, an openly gay Member of Parliament (MP), tells Vanguard during a tour of the Los Angeles LGBT Center that now is not the time for U.S. President Donald Trump to pay an official visit to the United Kingdom. “A whole series of things have called into question whether or not we should be rolling out an official state visit,” McDonald said. “Whether it’s the ban on transgender...

Center Blasts Trump For Signing Ban on Transgender Military Personnel

The Los Angeles LGBT Center blasted President Donald Trump on Friday for signing a directive aimed at banning transgender people from serving in the US military. It was just last year that then-President Barack Obama’s administration announced that transgender people could serve openly. Trump last month tweeted his intention to halt that plan. Trump’s signing came on the same day he pardoned...

LGBT Conservatives, Progressives Find Common Ground at Politicon

There was no name calling or chair throwing during this session. At Politicon 2017, a panel comprised of LGBT conservatives and progressives signaled that in this era of Trump, the two sides may be more open than ever to working together. “Everything in the media right now is conservative versus liberal, Republican versus Democrat. I hate that. It is so dumb,” said Alex Mohajer, co-founder of...

An Open Letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The Los Angeles LGBT Center, as a member of the Global Equality Council, signed onto a letter that was sent to our Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The letter calls on the Secretary to immediately take all steps within his power to stop the atrocious abuses happening to LGBT Chechens. Further, we call on this administration to once again promote human rights as one of our countries fundamental...

L.A. Pride Stories

Robin Amussen “One day, we will have these same kind of Pride events in China. We are working every day so people can be who they truly are. To me, Pride is about accepting yourself fully.” Judy Zhu “One day, we will have these same kind of Pride events in China. We are working every day so people can be who they truly are. To me, Pride is about accepting yourself fully.”

Remembering Black Cat

In the 1960s, romantic and sexual relations between men were deemed illegal in the United States. The severe consequences of sodomy laws and related policing efforts extended beyond gay men, as the criminalization and stigmatization of homosexuality was widespread — affecting LGBT people across the spectrum of queer and trans identities. Public disapproval, disenfranchisement, and...

Gay.com Has New Home with the Center

Ownership of the popular internet domain Gay.com has been transferred to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The domain, estimated to be worth millions of...

Michael Ausiello’s Heartbreakingly Funny New...

A new memoir by a former Los Angeles LGBT Center staffer, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, has been receiving unabashed social media praise from such...

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Center’s Anniv Gala...

Jimmy Kimmel has twice hosted the Emmys and earlier this year he hosted one of the most memorable Oscars telecasts in history. So what is Kimmel...