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SENIORS

LGBT Seniors Look to the Past to Create Heartfelt Poetry

The audience at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza sat spellbound as David Parke Epstein shared his poem recounting a horrific Thanksgiving in 1962 “when my father strangled me at noon as my stepmother shrieked, ‘Your son’s a queer!’” Epstein was one of 16 LGBT seniors who shared their deeply personal writings at the My Life is Poetry reading on October 26 which was the...

CyberCenter Connects Seniors

Herbie Taylor uses one of the 12 computers at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s David Bohnett CyberCenter at least three times a week to check email and to print out song lyrics for his upcoming gigs. “My WiFi is up and down at home,” Taylor explains as he takes a break in the courtyard of the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza. “Sometimes I’m there two or three hours and sometimes I lose track and...

LGBT Seniors Bring Disco Back at Senior Prom

For a few hours on the last Saturday night in June, Pickwick Gardens, a popular event venue in Burbank, became a time machine that transported hundreds of LGBT seniors back to the halcyon days of the late 1970s, when dance music divas such as Donna Summer and Sylvester ruled the airwaves and disco balls hung from the ceiling of every nightclub. The occasion was the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 20th...

LGBT Seniors Share Stories for ‘Heroic Lives’

Members from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services program recently turned West Hollywood Council Chambers into a cabaret venue for a two-night run of NewStages’ Heroic Lives show. At 91, Janet Devaney was the oldest of the 18 cast members whose five minutes of storytelling and songs focused on heroic figures in their lives. Devaney shared with the audience the joy she experienced in...

LGBT Seniors Go for the Laughs

After she finished her stand-up comedy routine in front of an audience of about 50 people, Mimi Schneider seemed to borrow from Sally Field’s infamous 1985 Oscars speech to describe her feelings about the experience. “They liked me!” the retired school teacher said after her five-minute set. “It was so gratifying that people liked what I said.” The Advocate and Gochis Gallery at the Los...

From Tap to Juggle: LGBT Seniors Find Creative Ways to Stay Active in Life and Laughter

To commemorate National Health and Fitness Day, held each year on May 30, we checked in with clients from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services to see what they do to stay active and engaged. The Center offers more than 100 different activities and events each month for LGBT seniors, including support groups, health and fitness classes, and various cultural workshops. Classes this month...

For Seniors, Masks Tell Stories of Survival

A diverse group of LGBT seniors whose lives have been touched by cancer, HIV, or other health challenges came together at the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a mask-making workshop designed to help them heal emotionally. They unveiled the masks they lovingly labored over and told the stories behind them during a special reception at the Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries. “I’m not an artist....

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...

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...