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Ricky Martin is Waiting for You!

Whether or not Ricky Martin takes home the Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, he will be walking away a winner five days later at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. The Grammy winner, philanthropist, and writer will be feted along with producer, writer, director Greg Berlanti and his producer...

Provocative Turning a Blind Eye Exhibit Now at the Center

Chicago-based artist Sandra Antongiorgi has filled the walls of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries with powerful pieces that delve into internal struggles. Her thought-provoking exhibit, Turning a Blind Eye, looks at such issues as childhood trauma, the systematic marginalization of women and ethnic minorities, and incarceration. It opened on July 19 and runs through...

Zany and un-PC, The MisMatch Game Returns to Renberg

It was more than 14 years ago that writer, filmmaker, and performer Dennis Hensley pitched The MisMatch Game as a fun way to raise some money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He had no idea it would turn out to be such a long-running hit. Since 2004, the zany game show featuring impersonations of everyone from Barack Obama and Bea Arthur to Pee-Wee Herman has been held two to three times a...

Visibility Matters: Emerging LGBTQ Video Stars Celebrate OUTfluence

Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers finished performing their powerful anthem Can’t Break Me, shared a quick kiss, then as if on cue, Disneyland’s nightly fireworks began exploding in the sky. The married singing duo known as Bria and Chrissy were among the performers at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s inaugural OUTfluence celebration on June 21 and held at the rooftop venue The FIFTH, located across...

’I was terrified to leave the house.’ Andrea Jenkins Shares Her Powerful Journey

Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to office in the U.S. when she won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council in 2017. But there was a time when being such a public person seemed out of the question. “I was terrified to leave the house or be anyplace outside of my workplace,” Jenkins said at Big Queer Convo: An Evening with Andrea Jenkins that...

Out & About July 2018

We've compiled some the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for July. There's plenty to do from the 11-day Outfest Film Festival to the Center’s latest edition of The MisMatch Game. July 1-31Dirty Looks: On Location Various Locations The fourth annual non-profit queer film collective moves from New York to Los Angeles to offer a month-long series of screenings...

Center Celebrates LA Pride

Classic anthems such as Born This Way by Lady Gaga and I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross blasted from stereo speakers as more than 400 people representing the Los Angeles LGBT Center made their way down Santa Monica Boulevard during the annual LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood on June 10. The parade came just days after a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of a Colorado baker who, based on a...

New Campus Milestone Leads to Cheers, Tears of Joy

As a crowd of more than 200 people watched, a crane hoisted the final steel beam high into the air and placed it on the northeast corner of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus on May 24. It was the key moment in an emotional topping off ceremonya traditional event held by builders when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. “It’s such a...

Out & About June 2018

We've compiled some of the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for June. There's plenty to do, including Los Angeles Dodgers Pride Night, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’s summer concert, the LA Pride festival and parade, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s screening of Best in Show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. June 1-3 Venice Pride Venice Beach The beach...

AIDS/LifeCycle to Make Iconic DTLA Finish

It is the 25th year of riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles to end AIDS and the fundraising ride AIDS/LifeCycle continues to provide exciting new twists. For the first time, cyclists will be completing the 545-mile journey in downtown Los Angeles with the finish line at City Hall. “Los Angeles City Hall is really iconic,” says AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans. “We are really...

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...

Why World’s Largest, Free LGBT Youth Conference...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Models of Pride conference on Oct. 29, presented by Toyota Financial Services, is themed Together We Rise for...