Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

10 Memorable Quotes from LA LGBT Center Gala by Jimmy Kimmel and Others

Vanguard has compiled some of the more memorable quotes from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, held at The Beverly Hilton.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the event honored Ariel Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME | IMG and former Senior Advisor to President, Obama Valerie Jarrett. Presenters included MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, comedian Jermaine Fowler and soccer star Robbie Rogers.

Jimmy Kimmel: “The president, of course, is an advocate for traditional marriage,  which is a union between one wealthy man and one terrified Slovenian immigrant. Just as Jesus intended.”

Kimmel: “I’m just going to say this on behalf of the straight community: The name of your organization is getting a little bit unwieldly. It’s starting to feel like you pulled a bunch of tiles out of the (Scrabble) tile bag and we’re confused, okay? So we may need a primer on this sort of thing.”

Kimmel: “Please welcome Donald Trump’s second least-favorite O’Donnell, Lawrence O’Donnell.”

Lawrence O’Donnell: “Ari (Amanuel) is my brother from a Jewish mother. It’s not like Ari is like family to me. Ari is family to me.”

Center CEO Lorri L. Jean: “At this event,
I normally never worry about who I have to follow. But Jimmy Kimmel? Lawrence O’Donnell?  Thank god they’re not lesbians; at least I have that going for me.”

Jean: “To put it in Tweet language, our country is now led by a lying sociopath.”

Valerie Jarrett: “We know we’re in challenging times. I’m so happy to have Jimmy Kimmel here. Drop the mic for you!”

20170923-GalaGettyImages-0162.jpg

Ariel Emanuel: “We all need those trailblazers to tell their stories and tell them proudly. Because otherwise it’s villains like Anita Bryant who have the megaphone...
or hacks like the current Vice President, who are out there hawking conversion therapy and giving employers and businesses a license to discriminate.”

Jermaine Fowler: ”I love it here. There’s so much happiness and so much heart in this room. It’s just beautiful.”

Robbie Rogers: “In today’s political climate and the world that we live in, I think it’s extremely important for athletes to be mentors and just be bright lights … it makes a big difference.”

Published September 27, 2017

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...

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...

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...

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...

’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...