Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

WeHo Businesses Raise $20K for the Center

West Hollywood business owners decided to raise $20,000 for the Los Angeles LGBT Center–and they did it all on their own. The group says they were inspired by the spirit of the LA Pride Resist March and wanted to do something that would have a direct social benefit locally. The grassroots fundraising effort was led by Larry Block, owner of The Block Party on Santa Monica Boulevard. He...

Emser Tile Gives $250,000 Gift for New Campus

Emser Tile has donated $250,000 worth of tile for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus, now under construction. Partner Sam Ghodsian made the announcement at the July 17 West Hollywood City Council meeting. “We had heard about the building as it was being designed and considered bidding on the project,” Ghodsian explains. But after hearing a speech by West Hollywood Mayor...

Mexico to LGBT Community: We’re Here for You

In her role as a Mexican Consulate Official, Dulce Flores never expected to be marching in an LGBT Pride event, so she was as surprised as those who saw her on June 11, marching with the unprecedented encouragement of the Mexican government. “It was one of the most favorite days of my life – definitely,” says Flores, 33, an out lesbian who has worked at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles for...

WeHo Homeless Have a New Friend

Before making his way around the streets of West Hollywood, Jake Weinraub fills his bag with bottles of water, granola bars, hygiene kits, pairs of socks, condoms and gift cards for Subway sandwiches. “I try to carry as much as possible,” Weinraub says as he walks across West Hollywood Park looking for people experiencing homelessness who may be in need of the services of the Los Angeles LGBT...

Construction Begins on Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Revolutionary Campus

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 Village at Ed Gould Plaza leave no doubt that construction of the organization’s revolutionary new Anita May Rosenstein Campus, spanning more than a city block, has begun. Before the heavy machinery began its work, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and...

Here’s a Clue: Lesley Ann Warren is ‘Very Excited’ About What Film Screening on Aug 11?

Lesley Ann Warren has never seen a movie in a cemetery before. That will change on Friday, August 11 when the Golden Globe Award-winning actress takes part in the screening of the 1985 cult classic Clue, outdoors at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “I’m very excited about it,” says Warren who plays Miss Scarlet in the film. The murder comedy, based on the board game of the same name, is...

Calling on Voters Before It’s Too Late

Supported by 60 volunteers, the Los Angeles LGBT Center recently expanded its efforts to defeat the U.S. Senate bill that would destroy the Affordable Care Act, cause an estimated 23 million Americans to lose insurance, and disproportionately harm LGBT people. Dedicating much of Sunday, July 9, to calling voters in key states, the volunteers not only urged constituents to contact their...

Garden Gives LGBT Youth Chance to Grow

The Mansfield Community Garden is just a few blocks from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland. It was longtime Center volunteer Shawn Kravich, an attorney with a green thumb, who saw a ripe opportunity to make a connection. For the past three months, Kravich has spent two mornings a week at the garden with groups of youth who have come to consider the space a haven. “It’s...

Influencers Are Excitedly Preparing for The Glitter Run

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 entire team to join her in getting bedazzled while celebrating diversity. ‘I think The Glitter Run is a wonderful, silly way to get some exercise, make some new friends, and acquire a fabulous costume as you make your way past some amazing...

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. The letter calls on the Secretary to immediately take all steps within his power to stop the atrocious abuses happening to LGBT Chechens. Further, we call on this administration to once again promote human rights as one of our countries fundamental...

Join the Center for #ResistMarch on June 11

Hundreds of Los Angeles LGBT Center supporters, clients, volunteers and staff will march together in the Sunday, June 11 #ResistMarch to demonstrate...

From The Shadows To A Place Of Pride

Less than six months into the Trump presidency, the man who vowed to protect LGBT people has appointed to his administration a slate of anti-LGBT,...

Why I Give: Tegan and Sara

Pride is a time to come together and celebrate the variety, vitality, and beauty of our community. It’s also a time to pay homage to our history. So...

Making Calls With No Time To Lose

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is ramping up pressure on lawmakers who might support a bill that would destroy the Affordable Care Act and it’s asking...