Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

One Year Later: Signs of Hope at the Center

It was just over a year ago that Dave Garcia was put in charge of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s election night party to celebrate, in part, what seemed certain to be a Hillary Clinton presidential victory. Garcia, the Center’s director of policy and community building, now describes it as “the most disappointing evening of our lives.” “But a year later, we are fighting back,” Garcia said...

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....

Models of Pride Draws Record Crowd

Nearly 2,000 LGBTQ young people, parents, and other adults attended the 25th annual Models of Pride conference at the University of Southern California on October 29. Until three weeks ago, parent Keith Gregory didn’t think he’d be among them. “Our child just told us three weeks ago that she is a transgender female and we’ve been looking for some people to talk to and support groups,” Gregory...

LGBT Lives Honored During Mi Centro’s Dia de Los Muertos Gathering

More than 250 people gathered at Mi Centro in Boyle Heights for the second annual Calavera event as part of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, for a remembrance of LGBT community members who have been lost because of homophobia and transphobia. “By highlighting the presence of death in our community, we’re also highlighting the need to fight for the resources we need in order to survive,”...

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...

Out & About November

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for the month of November. There's plenty to do from the AIDS Walk Long Beach and San Fernando Valley Pride to the Outfest Stashes and Lashes fundraiser and a march on Transgender Day of Remembrance. November 3, 4, 5Arpa International Film FestivalEgyptian TheatreThis journey into the diverse universe of...

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...

Top Companies Taking Part in Nov. 9 Trans Job Fair in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair aims to make the path to employment a bit easier for transgender and gender non-conforming people. This year’s event on November 9 will have approximately 50 participating companies, agencies and non-profit organizations including the Center, Hulu, 20th Century Fox, LA County Sheriffs Department, Los Angeles Police...

Celebrate National Dental Dam Day at Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program (ALHP) will celebrate National Dental Dam Day on October 24 with a special event at the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. Dental dams are used in dentistry to isolate the area being worked on from the rest of the mouth but they can also be used as a safe sex tool to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. The event, National...

Why World’s Largest, Free LGBT Youth Conference Has Activist Bent This Year

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 good reason. From dropping guidelines to protect transgender students to allowing federal employees to discriminate against LGBT people, the administration of US President Donald Trump has severely curtailed important civil rights protections and...

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...

Michael Ausiello’s Heartbreakingly Funny New...

A new memoir by a former Los Angeles LGBT Center staffer, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, has been receiving unabashed social media praise from such...

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Center’s Anniv Gala...

Jimmy Kimmel has twice hosted the Emmys and earlier this year he hosted one of the most memorable Oscars telecasts in history. So what is Kimmel...