Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Last-Ditch GOP Senate Bill Would Deprive Millions of Healthcare: Action Needed

Those who celebrated the narrow and dramatic defeat of Trumpcare earlier this summer may have celebrated a bit too early. A growing group of GOP senators, led by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, are pledging support for a horrific new bill that is strongly opposed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, particularly because of its hugely disproportionate and devastating...

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Center’s Anniv Gala Vanguard Awards

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 doing for an encore? The popular late night personality is hosting the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on September 23 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.  As previously announced, the event will honor Ariel Emanuel,...

Michael Ausiello’s Heartbreakingly Funny New Book Getting A-List Buzz

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 celebrities as Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells and Andy Cohen, among others. All confessed to doing a lot of crying but also plenty of laughing as they made their way through a story of love and loss and the final year in the life of Michael Ausiello’s...

Out & About September 2017

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in Los Angeles for the month of September. There's plenty to do from the new play Exit Strategy and an outdoor rooftop screening of Moonlight to a solo show starring Sam Pancake and a musical parody of Hocus Pocus starring Marissa Jaret Vanokur. September 9,10,16,17 Coco Peru: The Taming of the Tension Renberg Theater Latest solo...

City Clothing Drive Will Help LGBT Youth Look Sharp for Job Interviews

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell went through his closet Tuesday morning and came upon two suits he never wears anymore. O’Farrell brought them to City Hall where a month-long clothing drive has just been launched to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center. “Whoever ends up wearing (these suits) will look absolutely fabulous,” O’Farrell promised at a morning...

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...

Chef Susan Feniger to LGBT Youth: Cooking is Nurturing For Your Soul

There’s a reason celebrity chef and restauranteur Susan Feniger was so eager to show young people from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center how to make dishes from produce they had grown themselves. “I think food, eating and gardening is very nurturing to the soul and all of us need nurturing,” she explained. So Feniger, a member of the Center’s board of directors, recently set up a...

Gay British MP Stewart McDonald Says “No” to Trump Visit

Stewart McDonald, an openly gay Member of Parliament (MP), tells Vanguard during a tour of the Los Angeles LGBT Center that now is not the time for U.S. President Donald Trump to pay an official visit to the United Kingdom. “A whole series of things have called into question whether or not we should be rolling out an official state visit,” McDonald said. “Whether it’s the ban on transgender...

Learn About AIDS/LifeCycle at Open House

Have you ever considered taking part in AIDS/LifeCycle? You can get answers to all your questions regarding the annual 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles at an Open House on Thursday, August 31 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. This year’s ride had 2,800 participants from nearly every state in the union and 17 countries who raised an...

LGBTQ Survivors of Harvey Need Support

Among the many who have been harmed by the continuing devastation of Hurricane Harvey are thousands of LGBTQ people who sometimes don’t feel welcome at facilities and programs that care for survivors. The Montrose Center, Houston’s LGBTQ community center, says that it has 35,000 clients and is continuing to “learn of staff and community members who have lost everything.” The catastrophic storm...

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...

Construction Begins on Los Angeles LGBT Center’s...

Funds Pledged for Anita May Rosenstein Campus Top $40 Million Mark The sights and sounds across the street from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s...

Influencers Are Excitedly Preparing for The...

Sara Benincasa is so ready to get her glitter on. The comedian and author isn’t just participating in The Glitter Run on August 20, she’s formed an...