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Honorees Help Make Center’s Anniversary Gala a Family Affair

Love of family was a consistent theme among all of the honorees at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on September 22. Philanthropist Ariadne Getty was memorably presented with the Rand Schrader Distinguished Scholar Award by her son, August Getty, and daughter, Nats Getty, both of whom identify as LGBT. “Our mother is a beacon of...

2019 AIDS/LifeCycle Season Kicks Off With Training Ride, Skills Clinic

The 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles may be more than eight months away, but the kickoff training ride for the epic 7-day journey to raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS-related services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center will take place on Saturday, October 13. Whether you’re already signed up or just considering joining AIDS/LifeCycle, the first official...

LGBT Media Influencers to Share Expertise at OUTfluence Panel

A diverse panel of new media influencers will tackle the topic of inclusion and visibility of LGBT people in today’s entertainment media during the first installment of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “50 years of Queer” Big Queer Convo series on October 2. Social media influencer Andy Lalwani will moderate Panelists include Love, Simon actor Clark Moore, musician and content creator Sam Tsui,...

Tony Winner Sarah Jones Brings Sell/Buy/Date to the Center

It may be a solo show, but Sarah Jones will have plenty of company in Sell/Buy/Date, which opens at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre on September 27. The Tony Award-winning performer portrays an array of multi-cultural characters—19 in all—in a show that is based on the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry.  “I feel so much gratitude to the people who...

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...

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...