Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

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 said during her passionate speech. “This year, of all years, I’ve felt the pressure to fulfill that expectation.
And no president or administration has ever given me as much material.”

But instead of delivering the “angry and damning” speech she had first drafted, Jean reminded the crowd of some fundamental truths: “We are a humane, moral and determined people.”

“We can survive the worst and even thrive in the midst of great oppression,” Jean said.  “We can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
When we’ve expected and demanded more, we’ve achieved more. We must never give up, no matter the challenges ahead.

She added: “The most important lesson of all: Change doesn’t happen on its own, at least, not at a speed that anyone can see. Change happens because we make it happen.

Watch Jean’s entire speech below:


Published September 27, 2017

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