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By the Community, For the Community: L.A.’s Trans Wellness Center Opens

The Trans Wellness Center (TWC) officially opened its doors in Los Angeles this week as a first-of-its-kind  first facility that brings together comprehensive services and resources for transgender and non-binary people under one roof. “It’s not only historic for our city, it’s historic for our nation,” Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said during an April 24 press conference at...

Trans* Fair Does Its Job

Ally Moeller looked around the room during the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Transgender Job and Resource Fair and liked what she saw. There were more than 50 potential employers who had set up booths inside West Hollywood Park Auditorium on November 9 to chat with potential job applicants. There was also an area for resume advice and a photo booth complete with a volunteer make-up...

Celeb Hairstylist Brings Trans Cosmetic Donation Effort to The Center

Famed hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons spent his 30th birthday on Monday with some of his famous friends to launch a trans cosmetic donation effort. Fitzsimons, who has styled Adele’s hair and is the personal hairdresser for Kourtney Kardashian, is teaming with the Los Angeles LGBT Center to give brands, stylists, influencers and celebrities the opportunity to donate unused personal hygiene and...

Community Vows to Fight Trump’s Trans Military Ban

Emotions were running deep in the courtyard of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza the evening President Donald Trump tweeted his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the US military. “I’m just sickened by the whole thing,” said Deb Smith, the openly gay principal at Daniel Pearl Magnet School in Los Angeles. She was one of more than 100 people who attended the...

Transgender soldier speaks out against Trump’s military ban: “My heart dropped"

The plan by President Donald Trump to ban transgender people from all branches of the U.S. military is “very personal” to Los Angeles LGBT Center employee Rudy Akbarian. The 27 year old, who has served in the military for more than five years, got wind of Trump’s announcement shortly after arriving today at his job helping homeless LGBTQ youth find employment. “At first I didn’t believe it,”...

Trump blasted for pushing a ‘despicable reversal’ of military transgender policy

President Donald Trump was blasted at a Los Angeles LGBT Center press conference today after announcing via Twitter that he wants to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. “President Trump’s despicable reversal of the Pentagon’s policy allowing transgender people to openly serve in the military is beneath contempt,” CEO Lorri L. Jean told reporters gathered at the Center’s...

Los Angeles LGBT Center Is Vandalized with Anti-LGBT Slurs

When employees and volunteers of the Los Angeles LGBT Center arrived for work this morning they found anti-LGBT slurs spray-painted across the entire side of one wall of a Center facility in Hollywood. The slurs painted on The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, near Santa Monica Blvd. and Highland Ave., included “Fuck trannies” and “Fuck all yall.” “It happened sometime between 9 and 10 pm last night,”...

California’s Congressional Reps Urge Gov. Brown to Quickly Sign SB 524, Protect Thousands of Youth

September 15, 2016—Ten members of California’s Congressional delegation have signed a letter written by U.S. Rep Adam Schiff that urges California Governor Jerry Brown to sign SB 524, a bill that would finally regulate the rogue industry of residential programs that claim to help “troubled” youth. These facilities are known for abusing and even torturing young people, including those who are...

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...