Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

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...

Provocative Turning a Blind Eye Exhibit Now at the Center

Chicago-based artist Sandra Antongiorgi has filled the walls of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries with powerful pieces that delve into internal struggles. Her thought-provoking exhibit, Turning a Blind Eye, looks at such issues as childhood trauma, the systematic marginalization of women and ethnic minorities, and incarceration. It opened on July 19 and runs through...

LGBT Seniors Bring Disco Back at Senior Prom

For a few hours on the last Saturday night in June, Pickwick Gardens, a popular event venue in Burbank, became a time machine that transported hundreds of LGBT seniors back to the halcyon days of the late 1970s, when dance music divas such as Donna Summer and Sylvester ruled the airwaves and disco balls hung from the ceiling of every nightclub. The occasion was the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 20th...

Zany and un-PC, The MisMatch Game Returns to Renberg

It was more than 14 years ago that writer, filmmaker, and performer Dennis Hensley pitched The MisMatch Game as a fun way to raise some money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He had no idea it would turn out to be such a long-running hit. Since 2004, the zany game show featuring impersonations of everyone from Barack Obama and Bea Arthur to Pee-Wee Herman has been held two to three times a...

LGBT Seniors Share Stories for ‘Heroic Lives’

Members from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services program recently turned West Hollywood Council Chambers into a cabaret venue for a two-night run of NewStages’ Heroic Lives show. At 91, Janet Devaney was the oldest of the 18 cast members whose five minutes of storytelling and songs focused on heroic figures in their lives. Devaney shared with the audience the joy she experienced in...

Mayor Garcetti Visits Center to Champion HIRE LA’s Youth

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he had a very good reason for choosing the Los Angeles LGBT Center to hold this summer’s kick-off for the HIRE LA’s Youth program. “For almost a half century this place has been all about nurturing young people and a community. So it makes sense for us to gather here to commit to doing the same thing for young people throughout our city,” Garcetti said during a press...

Visibility Matters: Emerging LGBTQ Video Stars Celebrate OUTfluence

Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers finished performing their powerful anthem Can’t Break Me, shared a quick kiss, then as if on cue, Disneyland’s nightly fireworks began exploding in the sky. The married singing duo known as Bria and Chrissy were among the performers at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s inaugural OUTfluence celebration on June 21 and held at the rooftop venue The FIFTH, located across...

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...