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EQUALITY

Justices Opened a Very Dangerous Door

"In its ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on narrow legal technicalities of the case, while reaffirming current discrimination protections for LGBT people at the state level. But at the same time, the justices opened a very dangerous door that could eventually condone legal discrimination against the LGBT community based on so-called religious grounds. "This case—and now this...

One Year Later: Center’s Resistance Squad Going Strong

Whether it’s a phone bank, a letter writing effort, or marching in the streets, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Resistance Squad has repeatedly been called into action over the past 12 months. “I love the Resistance Squad,” member Jennifer Rivers said as squad members participated in the Keep the Dream Act Alive March in Westwood in February. “You get a call, something happens,and you’re...

One Woman Just Changed Walgreens (and the World)

What happened to Jessie Meehan on her way to LA Pride last year won’t likely be happening to anyone else in Los Angeles or at any of Walgreen’s 8,000 stores nationwide. Meehan was shopping at a Walgreens in Hollywood and when she asked to use the women’s restroom a clerk “told me I looked like a man and needed to use the men’s room.”  Humiliated and upset, an “extremely uncomfortable”...

Be the storm! #womensmarchla

Lorri L. Jean stood on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall before a crowd of more than 500,000 people on Saturday and led them in a chant: “Be the storm!” “Until we see the change we need in Washington, it is our duty, it is our obligation, to do much more than simply hunker down and weather the storm,” the Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO said during her rousing speech. “We must be the...

We the People: A New Year's Dream Come True?

A year ago, we were reeling in the fear and uncertainty of what a Trump presidency and Congress controlled by conservatives would mean for our community, nation, and world. To our great dismay, many of our worst fears came true and, of course, more threats are looming. Like any bully, they went after the most vulnerable first. This Administration has left almost no community unscathed with its...

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...

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...

Drag Divas Get Down to Business

Rupaul’s Drag Race alums and other big names in drag got together this week for a diva gabfest and shared the secrets to their success. During an...

Take Action Now: Wrongly Deported Gay Man...

Three days before Christmas, Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez was ordered back to Mexico by an immigration judge in San Diego during a hearing he didn’t...