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Resolution Ride: Biking Griffith Park

For those who have ever wondered what it would be like to do the seven-day AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles but weren’t quite ready to register, the Los Angeles LGBT Center created the Resolution Ride, with 15 and 35-mile routes beginning at Griffith Park on January 7. Event organizers consider the event to be a “gateway ride”; once you try it, they know you’ll want to...

Iconic Norman Rockwell painting gets LGBT makeover

To bring attention to the little-known hunger crisis in the LGBT community, the Los Angeles LGBT Center re-created Norman Rockwell’s iconic Freedom from Want painting, featuring a table full of LGBT people with drag icon Coco Peru as the matriarch holding the turkey. The picture is the cover of the Center’s quarterly membership magazine, Vanguard, which includes a cover story about the...

Freedom from Want

There is a hunger crisis in the LGBT community. One in four LGBT people are unable to afford food for themselves or their families. The true faces of hunger are all around us. Now, more than ever, visibility matters as the Center works to address this complex, often hidden threat to our community. Try to imagine the faces of LGBT hunger. It’s the gay teen who flees an unsafe home or is kicked...

First LGBT Organization to be Included in New Social Network Promoting Philanthropy Among Millennials is Los Angeles LGBT Center

Raizn Targets Untapped Giving Potential of Gen Y Raizn, a social network designed to promote philanthropy among millennials and to grow support for some of the world’s top charities, has included the Los Angeles LGBT Center among the non-profits it’s featuring when it launches today, the day before Giving Tuesday. The Center, the first LGBT organization to be promoted in the Raizn network,...

What Makes the Center’s Eastside Home So Special? Ask This Latina Mother of 4

The 50-year-old Latina mother of four was beaming with pride while standing in the doorway at Mi Centro, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Boyle Heights facility, operated in partnership with Latino Equality Alliance (LEA). She was holding a recent copy of Boyle Heights Beat. “That’s my son,” said Candelaria Medina to LEA Executive Director Eddie Martinez, pointing to her son’s name in an article...

Trans Awareness Week

From medical care to housing to the nation’s largest transgender pride festival, learn about the Center's programs and services for transgender individuals.

Uncertain How to Vote on Propositions? Los Angeles LGBT Center Shares Recommendations

Overwhelmed by the number of propositions on this year’s ballot?  We’re here to help.  The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Policy staff has made recommendations on 11 of the statewide propositions and one of the Los Angeles city measures. “If any election was proof that California’s ‘make the law by ballot measure’ system is broken, it’s this one,” says Director of Policy and Community Building Dave...

Remembering Black Cat

In the 1960s, romantic and sexual relations between men were deemed illegal in the United States. The severe consequences of sodomy laws and related policing efforts extended beyond gay men, as the criminalization and stigmatization of homosexuality was widespread — affecting LGBT people across the spectrum of queer and trans identities. Public disapproval, disenfranchisement, and...

A New Tool for LGBT People Struggling with Substance Use

Ready to seek professional help regarding drug or alcohol use? No need to leave home. With the click of a button people can now chat online—free and anonymously—with one of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s addiction specialists. The journey to recovery from substance use can begin with the click of a button from any computer or smart phone via the Center’s website at...

Los Angeles LGBT Center Mourns Death of Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Edmund Edelman

LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2016—In response to the recent passing of Edmund Edelman, who was a staunch advocate for the LGBT community while he served as Los Angeles County Supervisor, Los Angeles LGBT Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings issued the following statement: “On Monday we lost a fearless ally of the LGBT community. When thousands of gay and bisexual men were dying of AIDS in the...

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...

Construction Begins on Los Angeles LGBT Center’s...

Funds Pledged for Anita May Rosenstein Campus Top $40 Million Mark The sights and sounds across the street from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s...