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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...

Chef Susan Feniger to LGBT Youth: Cooking is Nurturing For Your Soul

There’s a reason celebrity chef and restauranteur Susan Feniger was so eager to show young people from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center how to make dishes from produce they had grown themselves. “I think food, eating and gardening is very nurturing to the soul and all of us need nurturing,” she explained. So Feniger, a member of the Center’s board of directors, recently set up a...

Learn About AIDS/LifeCycle at Open House

Have you ever considered taking part in AIDS/LifeCycle? You can get answers to all your questions regarding the annual 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles at an Open House on Thursday, August 31 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. This year’s ride had 2,800 participants from nearly every state in the union and 17 countries who raised an...

Coco Peru Tames Tension in New Show

Coco Peru is feeling the tension these days and she’s not afraid to talk about it in her latest solo show; a show that nearly caused the drag legend to have a breakdown during its development. “We are living in some pretty tense times right now,” Peru tells Vanguard. “I was writing it during the presidential election process and everyone was so on edge. I’m addressing things that make me tense...

25 Glittery Photos from The Glitter Run

They came, they ran, they glittered. Thousands filled the streets of Hollywood on Sunday morning for the inaugural Glitter Run, a fun event to celebrate the power and beauty of diversity during a politically divisive time in our nation.

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...

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....