Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

HEALTH CARE

A Perfect Fit

Each month, approximately 4,000 people get their prescriptions filled at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s pharmacy. Overseeing the bustling and recently expanded facility and its 40 full-time employees is Pharmacy Director Nicole Thibeau, who feels like she’s found her dream job on the ground floor of the Center’s McDonald/Wright Building. “I’ve always been very socially conscious and I’ve always...

The Fight Is Not Over: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Without intervention, one in two black gay and bisexual men will acquire HIV in their lifetime, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kevin, a Los Angeles-based musician in his 50s, never thought he’d be one of them. Now, six years after finding out he is HIV-positive, he desperately wants others to avoid infection. That’s why he is spreading the word about National Black...

Homeless People Get Their Periods Too: How You Can Help

People experiencing homelessness often have to resort to using such things as wadded up toilet paper, hand-drying paper towels found in public restrooms, or even one of their own T-Shirts when they are menstruating. Hygiene products like pads and tampons are rarely donated and are usually not required to be in a homeless shelter’s budget. That’s why the Los Angeles LGBT Center has launched...

‘F*ck W/Out Fear’ Best In Show

The Center’s groundbreaking F*ck w/out Fear campaign was awarded five PRism Awards by the Public Relations Society of America. The sex-positive campaign, developed with partner Weber Shandwick, was launched last January and used raw, real language to get people’s attention and spur conversation about PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis). PrEP involves taking a medicine once-daily that, if used...

Audre Lorde Health Program Focuses on Women’s Health

Angie Magaña has been faithfully working a Saturday shift at the Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program for lesbian and bi women for nearly a year now. “I just want more people to know that we’re here and that we have all these resources available for them,” said Magaña. “We really are trying to raise awareness that we have this special, safe place for women. The Center gives amazing health care....

Californians Have Until Jan. 31 to Sign Up for Insurance through ACA

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance open enrollment window for most of the country is only six weeks this year, Californians have until January 31, 2018. Open enrollment for health insurance began on November 1 nationwide and for much of the country ends on December 15. But California is one of 12 states that doesn’t use Healtcare.gov as its official ACA Marketplace and can...

Why PrEP Study for Trans People Needs Volunteers

PrEP may be increasingly popular among gay and bisexual men but has yet to catch on with transgender and gender non-conforming people. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is seeking volunteers for a study delving into the reasons why, particularly since transgender women have a high rate of HIV infection. This is the first PrEP study focusing specifically on transgender and gender non-conforming...

Last-Ditch GOP Senate Bill Would Deprive Millions of Healthcare: Action Needed

Those who celebrated the narrow and dramatic defeat of Trumpcare earlier this summer may have celebrated a bit too early. A growing group of GOP senators, led by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, are pledging support for a horrific new bill that is strongly opposed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, particularly because of its hugely disproportionate and devastating...

Mission Possible: Protecting People from STIs

If they had their own TV show, it might be called Law & Order: STI, though the work of this Los Angeles LGBT Center team of detectives never ends in arrests, just treatment. The mission of the four-person team is to encourage those who may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to get tested and treated so they're not at risk of passing the infection to...

WeHo Homeless Have a New Friend

Before making his way around the streets of West Hollywood, Jake Weinraub fills his bag with bottles of water, granola bars, hygiene kits, pairs of socks, condoms and gift cards for Subway sandwiches. “I try to carry as much as possible,” Weinraub says as he walks across West Hollywood Park looking for people experiencing homelessness who may be in need of the services of the Los Angeles LGBT...

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...

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...