Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

IMMIGRATION

U.S. Policy Change Will Threaten Lives of LGBT Asylum Seekers

Transgender human rights activist Raiza Aparicio feared for her life when she fled El Salvador last year after being physically assaulted by four police officers in her home.   Like many other LGBT asylum seekers who are victims of sexual or gender-based violence, Aparicio’s destination was the United States. She made it through Guatemala and Mexico by crossing rivers and hitching a ride...

Rallying for DACA as Appeals Court Holds Hearing

A vocal contingent chanted “If they don’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep!” during a rally at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena on Tuesday (May 15) in support of preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The rally took place outside as appellate judges inside the courthouse were due to hear arguments in a DACA case (Regents of University of...

May Day in LA: Immigration is an LGBT Issue

Rainbow pride flags large and small could be seen waving throughout the crowd of thousands who gathered in downtown Los Angeles on May 1 for the annual May Day rally and march. Gloomy, drizzly skies resulted in a smaller crowd than in years past, but there was no shortage of passion among advocates, union leaders, and workers when it came to standing up for immigrant, worker, and LGBT...

Taking to the Streets for DACA, DREAMers

The Los Angeles LGBT Center joined more than 400 people for a passionate yet peaceful “Keep the Dream Act Alive March” on February 3. “They will go after all of those who are marginalized but we will not let them,” the Center’s policy and operations manager Maria Melo told the crowd after they marched about two miles from Westwood Village near UCLA to the Wilshire Federal Building. The Center...

Take Action Now: Wrongly Deported Gay Man Quickly Running Out of HIV Drugs in Mexico

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 know was taking place. Since the HIV-positive refugee was quickly deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without notice, he is now hiding out in a hotel in Mexico with a dwindling supply of HIV medications. His attorneys and family have...

Please Help Us: LGBT DREAMers Step Forward to Fight for their Lives

Albert Donjuan doesn’t speak very loudly and is the first to admit he lacks confidence. But with his future on the line, Donjuan was among the undocumented LGBT people who bravely stepped before microphones at a press conference this week to urge the U.S. Congress to pass the DREAM Act of 2017 (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). “As loudly and as confidently as I can say it,...

Center Condemns Trump’s Termination of DACA as “Un-American”

President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being condemned as “un-American” by the The Los Angeles LGBT Center. An estimated 36,000 DACA participants are LGBT and the Center is calling on the U.S. Congress to take immediate action to reverse the policy change. “It is a clear message to the LGBT community that we are...

Mexico to LGBT Community: We’re Here for You

In her role as a Mexican Consulate Official, Dulce Flores never expected to be marching in an LGBT Pride event, so she was as surprised as those who saw her on June 11, marching with the unprecedented encouragement of the Mexican government. “It was one of the most favorite days of my life – definitely,” says Flores, 33, an out lesbian who has worked at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles for...

They Can Delay Us, But They Cannot Stop Us.

Full remarks from Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff at Center's Post-Election Community Gathering on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Center's The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Los Angeles.

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...

Why World’s Largest, Free LGBT Youth Conference...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Models of Pride conference on Oct. 29, presented by Toyota Financial Services, is themed Together We Rise for...