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LGBT Lives Honored During Mi Centro’s Dia de Los Muertos Gathering

More than 250 people gathered at Mi Centro in Boyle Heights for the second annual Calavera event as part of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, for a remembrance of LGBT community members who have been lost because of homophobia and transphobia. “By highlighting the presence of death in our community, we’re also highlighting the need to fight for the resources we need in order to survive,”...

Out & About November

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for the month of November. There's plenty to do from the AIDS Walk Long Beach and San Fernando Valley Pride to the Outfest Stashes and Lashes fundraiser and a march on Transgender Day of Remembrance. November 3, 4, 5Arpa International Film FestivalEgyptian TheatreThis journey into the diverse universe of...

Top Companies Taking Part in Nov. 9 Trans Job Fair in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair aims to make the path to employment a bit easier for transgender and gender non-conforming people. This year’s event on November 9 will have approximately 50 participating companies, agencies and non-profit organizations including the Center, Hulu, 20th Century Fox, LA County Sheriffs Department, Los Angeles Police...

Celebrate National Dental Dam Day at Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program (ALHP) will celebrate National Dental Dam Day on October 24 with a special event at the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. Dental dams are used in dentistry to isolate the area being worked on from the rest of the mouth but they can also be used as a safe sex tool to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. The event, National...

Why World’s Largest, Free LGBT Youth Conference Has Activist Bent This Year

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 good reason. From dropping guidelines to protect transgender students to allowing federal employees to discriminate against LGBT people, the administration of US President Donald Trump has severely curtailed important civil rights protections and...

AIDS/LifeCycle Training Season Kickoff Event for Newbies, Veterans Alike

The 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is more than eight months away but there’s no better time to prepare for the 7-day ride than now. The first official training rides of the season will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Lake Balboa Park for people who are planning to participate in the 545-mile ride or just considering it. People of all skill levels are welcome...

Exit Strategy Promises to Make Audiences Laugh and Feel

The acclaimed play Exit Strategy has just made its West Coast debut at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre after successful runs Off-Broadway and in Chicago. The comedy-drama tells the story of a struggling urban high school in Chicago slated for closure. The fast-paced production runs 95 minutes with no intermission. “There’s something cathartic about going into a small...

Out & About October 2017

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for the month of October. There's plenty to do from the annual Best in Drag Show and Gay Days at Disneyland to AIDS Walk Los Angeles and the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. October 29 Models of PrideUniversity of Southern California Annual conference has 100+ workshops to choose from, lunch,...

Why China AIDS Walk Was More Important Than Ever This Year

After taking part in AIDS/LifeCycle, the seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2010, Xiaogang Wei returned home to China, inspired to make a difference for people living with HIV there. It was seven years ago that the dedicated activist participated in the fundraiser, produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  Two years later, Xiaogang...

LA LGBT Center CEO Describes Trump as “Lying Sociopath"

She didn’t even need to mention Trump by name to deliver a stinging rebuke of the president at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. “To put it in Tweet language, our country is now led by a lying sociopath,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean to the sold-out crowd at The Beverly Hilton on September 23. “No president in the last 25 years has escaped my critique,” Jean...

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...