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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...

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...

Honorees Share Heartfelt Stories at LA LGBT Center Gala

As Ariel Emanuel was being honored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center at its 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, the Hollywood powerhouse’s mind was on his gay cousin who passed away from an AIDS-related illness in 1993. The Co-CEO of talent agency WME | IMG told a sell-out crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that he wanted to use his award and his platform to honor his cousin Gary’s memory by...

Host Kimmel Gets Heroes’ Welcome at Center’s Gala

Jimmy Kimmel said it best when he took the stage at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on Saturday night: “Obviously this has been a very interesting week.” The late night talk show star, who hosted the gala, received a standing ovation after guests at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were shown highlights of his very public war of words in recent days with Republican...

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Center’s Anniv Gala Vanguard Awards

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 doing for an encore? The popular late night personality is hosting the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on September 23 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.  As previously announced, the event will honor Ariel Emanuel,...

Michael Ausiello’s Heartbreakingly Funny New Book Getting A-List Buzz

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 celebrities as Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells and Andy Cohen, among others. All confessed to doing a lot of crying but also plenty of laughing as they made their way through a story of love and loss and the final year in the life of Michael Ausiello’s...

Out & About September 2017

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in Los Angeles for the month of September. There's plenty to do from the new play Exit Strategy and an outdoor rooftop screening of Moonlight to a solo show starring Sam Pancake and a musical parody of Hocus Pocus starring Marissa Jaret Vanokur. September 9,10,16,17 Coco Peru: The Taming of the Tension Renberg Theater Latest solo...

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...

Take Action Now: Wrongly Deported Gay Man...

Three days before Christmas, Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez was ordered back to Mexico by an immigration judge in San Diego during a hearing he didn’t...

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...

An Open Letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The Los Angeles LGBT Center, as a member of the Global Equality Council, signed onto a letter that was sent to our Secretary of State Rex Tillerson....