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Veteran Stand Down Brings Community Together

Charley Funderburg knew the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Veterans Stand Down could help his friend. So, the retired Army veteran joined more than 100 people at the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza on a recent Saturday for the twice-a-year resource fair for the LGBT veteran community organized by the Center’s Senior Services department. “I always try and look out for my friends,” Funderburg...

Going Green: Community Garden Opens at Triangle Square

Frank Gulli used to have to travel from his Triangle Square apartment to a community garden in West Hollywood to work out his green thumb. Now all he has to do is walk to the second floor patio area of Triangle Square, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s affordablehousing complex for LGBT seniors, to get his gardening fix. The Center’s Young Professional Council and the Young Alumni of USC Lambda...

LGBT Seniors Finding Fresh Food at the Center

Marlene Bronte showed up at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on a recent Tuesday afternoon ready to begin perusing over tables covered with fresh kale, lettuce, spinach, celery, onions, carrots, herbs, grapes, pears, and other organic offerings. “I have a lot of expenses and I have to keep myself healthy,” Bronte said as she took her place at the front of the line in the courtyard of The Village at...

Center Helps LGBT Seniors Navigate Section 8 Affordable Housing

A growing number of LGBT seniors in Los Angeles are struggling to find affordable housing. The estimated 65,000 LGBT individuals over the age of 64 currently living in Los Angeles are four times less likely to have family support systems, like children and grandchildren, and twice as likely to live alone. Meanwhile, the housing crisis in Los Angeles is nothing new. Since 2008, funding for...

How LA LGBT Center is Connecting to LA’s Eastside

Eddie Martinez won’t soon forget the day the mother of a gay teenager walked into the doors of Mi Centro in Boyle Heights looking for somebody to speak with. Her eyes filled with emotion, she pointed to a newspaper story about Mi Centro, the Los Angeles LGBT Center facility operated in conjunction with the Latino Equality Alliance that opened two years ago this month. “That is written by my...

21 Years Ago Today: LA LGBT Center Blasts Top Trump Advisor for Planning Anti-LGBT Congressional Hearing

Twenty-one years ago today, in full-page newspaper ads, the Los Angeles LGBT Center blasted Newt Gingrich, then the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, for planning a Congressional inquiry regarding the “promotion of homosexuality” in schools. Likening Gingrich to notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Center’s ads decried the Speaker for re-opening “one of the darkest chapters in...

A Beacon of Hope

How This Couple Is Investing In The Future Of Our Community Chris Dean and Rose Veniegas want to invest in the future. As two of the newest members of the Center’s Circle of Life, the couple has made plans to include the Center in their estate plan. “Through the Circle of Life, Rose and I are investing in the Center’s and LGBT community’s future,” said Dean. “I feel very lucky to be a part of...

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,...

Shame-Free Environment Promotes Sexual Health at Center-WeHo, Now 1 Year Old

Benefits counselor Cameron Varney doesn’t just connect uninsured clients to affordable health care at the Los Angeles LGBT Center-WeHo; he connects with them. “Part of what’s so special about the Center and Center-WeHo is that our clients see themselves reflected in our health care providers, regardless of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicity” Varney explained. “For...

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...

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...