Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Take Action Now: Wrongly Deported Gay Man Quickly Running Out of HIV Drugs in Mexico

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 know was taking place. Since the HIV-positive refugee was quickly deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without notice, he is now hiding out in a hotel in Mexico with a dwindling supply of HIV medications. His attorneys and family have...

We the People: A New Year's Dream Come True?

A year ago, we were reeling in the fear and uncertainty of what a Trump presidency and Congress controlled by conservatives would mean for our community, nation, and world. To our great dismay, many of our worst fears came true and, of course, more threats are looming. Like any bully, they went after the most vulnerable first. This Administration has left almost no community unscathed with its...

Out & About January

We've compiled some the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for the month of December. There's plenty to do, including Gay Men’s Chorus of LA’s annual holiday concert, The Trevor Project’s star-studded Trevor Live event, and the DIVAS Simply Singing! concert. Through January 13 Trans Experience: A Life of Celebration The Village at Ed Gould Plaza The Center's...

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...

Well-Strung Returns to Renberg

By the time Well-Strung performs at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre on January 21, the new season of the CBS reality competition The Amazing Race will already be underway. Half of the talented quartet are competing in the 30th season of the Emmy-winning show that has teams performing challenges around the world in pursuit of the $1 million first prize. Chris Marchant (2nd violin)...

Homeless People Get Their Periods Too: How You Can Help

People experiencing homelessness often have to resort to using such things as wadded up toilet paper, hand-drying paper towels found in public restrooms, or even one of their own T-Shirts when they are menstruating. Hygiene products like pads and tampons are rarely donated and are usually not required to be in a homeless shelter’s budget. That’s why the Los Angeles LGBT Center has launched...

’I Get Bullied for Being Trans’

“I get bulled for being trans and I want to express how I feel.” The more than 1,500 Hollywood High School students at the school’s LGBT Club special assembly fell silent. All eyes were on the teenage transgender student now standing alone and speaking center stage. “I’ve been through a lot in my life,” she continued. “It’s not right to be transphobic. I’m just trying to succeed in life and I...

Please Help Us: LGBT DREAMers Step Forward to Fight for their Lives

Albert Donjuan doesn’t speak very loudly and is the first to admit he lacks confidence. But with his future on the line, Donjuan was among the undocumented LGBT people who bravely stepped before microphones at a press conference this week to urge the U.S. Congress to pass the DREAM Act of 2017 (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). “As loudly and as confidently as I can say it,...

Out & About December

We've compiled some the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for the month of December. There's plenty to do, including Gay Men’s Chorus of LA’s annual holiday concert, The Trevor Project’s star-studded Trevor Live event, and the DIVAS Simply Singing! concert. December 2Canned Food Drive for LGBT SeniorsFlaming Saddles Join the Center’s Young Professionals...

’Tis the Season to Come OUT and Give Back

Two upcoming Center events offer an opportunity come out to enjoy come community time while helping fight hunger for LGBT seniors. Nearly one-quarter of seniors who use Center services have said they don’t have enough food to eat at least once a week. “Many of our seniors are on a really fixed income,” explains Kiera Pollock, the Center’s director of Senior services. “One bill can alter the...

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...

An Open Letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The Los Angeles LGBT Center, as a member of the Global Equality Council, signed onto a letter that was sent to our Secretary of State Rex Tillerson....

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...