Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

PrEP is the Message on National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

PrEP may be increasingly popular among white gay and bisexual men, but the HIV prevention strategy has yet to catch on with Latinos and other LGBTQ people of color. Anthony Tielemans has been on PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) for three years and looks to National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day—observed each year on October 15—as a time to encourage other Latinos to consider starting the...

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...

Honorees Help Make Center’s Anniversary Gala a Family Affair

Love of family was a consistent theme among all of the honorees at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on September 22. Philanthropist Ariadne Getty was memorably presented with the Rand Schrader Distinguished Scholar Award by her son, August Getty, and daughter, Nats Getty, both of whom identify as LGBT. “Our mother is a beacon of...

2019 AIDS/LifeCycle Season Kicks Off With Training Ride, Skills Clinic

The 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles may be more than eight months away, but the kickoff training ride for the epic 7-day journey to raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS-related services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center will take place on Saturday, October 13. Whether you’re already signed up or just considering joining AIDS/LifeCycle, the first official...

LGBT Media Influencers to Share Expertise at OUTfluence Panel

A diverse panel of new media influencers will tackle the topic of inclusion and visibility of LGBT people in today’s entertainment media during the first installment of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “50 years of Queer” Big Queer Convo series on October 2. Social media influencer Andy Lalwani will moderate Panelists include Love, Simon actor Clark Moore, musician and content creator Sam Tsui,...

Peer Support for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault at the Center

When a male is a victim of sexual assault, it’s usually something he doesn’t want to talk about— to anyone. “There’s so much shame around being male identified and having someone overpower us,” explains Jesse Proia, co-facilitator of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (MSAS) group. “We wonder what it means to our identity. We blame our substance abuse or how we...

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...

Tony Winner Sarah Jones Brings Sell/Buy/Date to the Center

It may be a solo show, but Sarah Jones will have plenty of company in Sell/Buy/Date, which opens at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre on September 27. The Tony Award-winning performer portrays an array of multi-cultural characters—19 in all—in a show that is based on the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry.  “I feel so much gratitude to the people who...

Ricky Martin is Waiting for You!

Whether or not Ricky Martin takes home the Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, he will be walking away a winner five days later at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. The Grammy winner, philanthropist, and writer will be feted along with producer, writer, director Greg Berlanti and his producer...

U.S. Policy Change Will Threaten Lives of LGBT Asylum Seekers

Transgender human rights activist Raiza Aparicio feared for her life when she fled El Salvador last year after being physically assaulted by four police officers in her home.   Like many other LGBT asylum seekers who are victims of sexual or gender-based violence, Aparicio’s destination was the United States. She made it through Guatemala and Mexico by crossing rivers and hitching a ride...

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...