Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

LGBT Seniors Go for the Laughs

After she finished her stand-up comedy routine in front of an audience of about 50 people, Mimi Schneider seemed to borrow from Sally Field’s infamous 1985 Oscars speech to describe her feelings about the experience. “They liked me!” the retired school teacher said after her five-minute set. “It was so gratifying that people liked what I said.” The Advocate and Gochis Gallery at the Los...

’I was terrified to leave the house.’ Andrea Jenkins Shares Her Powerful Journey

Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to office in the U.S. when she won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council in 2017. But there was a time when being such a public person seemed out of the question. “I was terrified to leave the house or be anyplace outside of my workplace,” Jenkins said at Big Queer Convo: An Evening with Andrea Jenkins that...

Out & About July 2018

We've compiled some the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for July. There's plenty to do from the 11-day Outfest Film Festival to the Center’s latest edition of The MisMatch Game. July 1-31Dirty Looks: On Location Various Locations The fourth annual non-profit queer film collective moves from New York to Los Angeles to offer a month-long series of screenings...

Milan Christopher Wants People to be “PrEP’d AF” Against HIV

In the early hours of June 4 at West Hollywood’s Rage nightclub, the crowd took a break from dancing to listen as openly gay music artist, actor, and model Milan Christopher took to the stage to unveil the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new “PrEP’d AF” campaign. “I just want to talk to you all about HIV infections,” said Christopher, who uses PrEP. “We have to get rid of this disease. PrEP is here...

Center Celebrates LA Pride

Classic anthems such as Born This Way by Lady Gaga and I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross blasted from stereo speakers as more than 400 people representing the Los Angeles LGBT Center made their way down Santa Monica Boulevard during the annual LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood on June 10. The parade came just days after a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of a Colorado baker who, based on a...

OUT for Safer Schools: LAUSD Commits to Support for LGBTQ Students

Following powerful testimony from students, teachers, parents, and community groups on June 12, the Los Angeles Unified School District unanimously passed a resolution that outlines ways to better serve its LGBTQ students. The Los Angeles LGBT Center was among the groups who urged the district’s board of education to take action in a wide range of areas including increased LGBTQ+ competency...

New Campus Milestone Leads to Cheers, Tears of Joy

As a crowd of more than 200 people watched, a crane hoisted the final steel beam high into the air and placed it on the northeast corner of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus on May 24. It was the key moment in an emotional topping off ceremonya traditional event held by builders when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. “It’s such a...

LGBTQ Foster Youth Find Help at the Center

In Los Angeles, one in five youth in foster care identify as LGBT or questioning. They are twice as likely to live in a group facility rather than with a family, two times as likely to report poor treatment by the foster system, and three times more likely to end up in a hospital for emotional reasons. It is also far too common for transgender and gender nonconforming youth to have social...

Justices Opened a Very Dangerous Door

"In its ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on narrow legal technicalities of the case, while reaffirming current discrimination protections for LGBT people at the state level. But at the same time, the justices opened a very dangerous door that could eventually condone legal discrimination against the LGBT community based on so-called religious grounds. "This case—and now this...

From Tap to Juggle: LGBT Seniors Find Creative Ways to Stay Active in Life and Laughter

To commemorate National Health and Fitness Day, held each year on May 30, we checked in with clients from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services to see what they do to stay active and engaged. The Center offers more than 100 different activities and events each month for LGBT seniors, including support groups, health and fitness classes, and various cultural workshops. Classes this month...

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...