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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...

Celebrate National Dental Dam Day at Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program (ALHP) will celebrate National Dental Dam Day on October 25 with a special event at the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. Dental dams are...

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...

Top Companies Taking Part in Nov. 9 Trans Job...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair aims to make the path to employment a bit easier for transgender and gender...

How LA LGBT Center is Connecting to LA’s Eastside

Eddie Martinez won’t soon forget the day the mother of a gay teenager walked into the doors of Mi Centro in Boyle Heights looking for somebody to...

Celebrate National Dental Dam Day at Pleasure...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program (ALHP) will celebrate National Dental Dam Day on October 25 with a special event at the...

Homeless Youth Crisis called ‘Unacceptable’ at...

California state lawmakers heard firsthand about the severity of the state’s homeless youth crisis during a joint informational hearing at the...

Why PrEP Study for Trans People Needs Volunteers

PrEP may be increasingly popular among gay and bisexual men but has yet to catch on with transgender and gender non-conforming people. The Los...

LA LGBT Center Slams Trump Admin for "Repugnant"...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center describes the Trump administration’s reversal of a federal civil rights law protecting transgender people from...

Exit Strategy Promises to Make Audiences Laugh...

The acclaimed play Exit Strategy has just made its West Coast debut at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre after successful...

AIDS/LifeCycle Training Season Kickoff Event for...

The 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is more than eight months away but there’s no better time to prepare for the...

PFLAG China Leader Never Got to Come Out to Own...

Ah Qiang, executive director of PFLAG China, is passionate about helping other LGBT people in his country be out and open  with their...

Out & About October 2017

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for the month of October. There's plenty to do from the annual Best in...

Host Kimmel Gets Heroes’ Welcome at Center’s Gala

Jimmy Kimmel said it best when he took the stage at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on Saturday night:...

LA LGBT Center CEO Describes Trump as “Lying...

She didn’t even need to mention Trump by name to deliver a stinging rebuke of the president at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala...

10 Memorable Quotes from LA LGBT Center Gala by...

Vanguard has compiled some of the more memorable quotes from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, held at The...

Why China AIDS Walk Was More Important Than Ever...

After taking part in AIDS/LifeCycle, the seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2010, Xiaogang Wei returned home to China,...

Honorees Share Heartfelt Stories at LA LGBT...

As Ariel Emanuel was being honored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center at its 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, the Hollywood powerhouse’s mind was...

Foundation Donates Generously to Campus Bringing...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s ambitious Anita May Rosenstein Campus, opening in early 2019, is just the kind of project The Eisner Foundation wants...

Valerie Jarrett Laments “Shocking” LGBT Setbacks...

Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama, is keenly aware that the honor she’s receiving from the Los Angeles LGBT Center at its...

Last-Ditch GOP Senate Bill Would Deprive...

Those who celebrated the narrow and dramatic defeat of Trumpcare earlier this summer may have celebrated a bit too early. A growing group of GOP...

Michael Ausiello’s Heartbreakingly Funny New...

A new memoir by a former Los Angeles LGBT Center staffer, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, has been receiving unabashed social media praise from such...

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Center’s Anniv Gala...

Jimmy Kimmel has twice hosted the Emmys and earlier this year he hosted one of the most memorable Oscars telecasts in history. So what is Kimmel...

City Clothing Drive Will Help LGBT Youth Look...

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell went through his closet Tuesday morning and came upon two suits he never wears...

Out & About September 2017

We've compiled the best LGBT-related happenings in Los Angeles for the month of September. There's plenty to do from the new play Exit Strategy and...

Center Condemns Trump’s Termination of DACA as...

President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being condemned as...

Chef Susan Feniger to LGBT Youth: Cooking is...

There’s a reason celebrity chef and restauranteur Susan Feniger was so eager to show young people from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center...

Gay British MP Stewart McDonald Says “No” to...

Stewart McDonald, an openly gay Member of Parliament (MP), tells Vanguard during a tour of the Los Angeles LGBT Center that now is not the time for...

LGBTQ Survivors of Harvey Need Support

Among the many who have been harmed by the continuing devastation of Hurricane Harvey are thousands of LGBTQ people who sometimes don’t feel welcome...

Learn About AIDS/LifeCycle at Open House

Have you ever considered taking part in AIDS/LifeCycle? You can get answers to all your questions regarding the annual 545-mile bike ride from San...

Center Blasts Trump For Signing Ban on...

The Los Angeles LGBT Center blasted President Donald Trump on Friday for signing a directive aimed at banning transgender people from serving in the...

Mission Possible: Protecting People from STIs

If they had their own TV show, it might be called Law & Order: STI, though the work of this Los Angeles LGBT Center team of detectives never...

Coco Peru Tames Tension in New Show

Coco Peru is feeling the tension these days and she’s not afraid to talk about it in her latest solo show; a show that nearly caused the drag legend...

25 Glittery Photos from The Glitter Run

They came, they ran, they glittered. Thousands filled the streets of Hollywood on Sunday morning for the inaugural Glitter Run, a fun event to celebrate the power and beauty of diversity during a politically divisive time in our nation.

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...

Celeb Hairstylist Brings Trans Cosmetic Donation...

Famed hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons spent his 30th birthday on Monday with some of his famous friends to launch a trans cosmetic donation...

Levi Kreis: From The Apprentice to Broadway to...

The diverse career path of Levi Kreis has taken this Southern boy from the Broadway stage, to movie sets and even to NBC’s The Apprentice. On...

Transgender soldier speaks out against Trump’s...

The plan by President Donald Trump to ban transgender people from all branches of the U.S. military is “very personal” to Los Angeles LGBT Center...

DJ Joe Gauthreaux to Headline Glitter Run...

A dance floor with special lighting will showcase glimmering, glittery bodies as Joe Gauthreaux, one of the nation’s most celebrated D.J.s, provides...

Trump blasted for pushing a ‘despicable...

President Donald Trump was blasted at a Los Angeles LGBT Center press conference today after announcing via Twitter that he wants to ban transgender...

Community Vows to Fight Trump’s Trans Military Ban

Emotions were running deep in the courtyard of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza the evening President Donald Trump tweeted...

LGBT Conservatives, Progressives Find Common...

There was no name calling or chair throwing during this session. At Politicon 2017, a panel comprised of LGBT conservatives and progressives...

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...

The WALL is Getting its Glitter On

The WALL fitness studio will be a lot more colorful this weekend. The popular Sunset Boulevard studio is promoting the Center’s upcoming Glitter...

Center CEO: LGBT Homeless Youth Need Support...

There are nearly 6,000 youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County on any given night, according to The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless...

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...

Influencers Are Excitedly Preparing for The...

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...

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...

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...

Construction Begins on Los Angeles LGBT Center’s...

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...

Here’s a Clue: Lesley Ann Warren is ‘Very...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

Creating a Legacy of Hope

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has been part of Dakota Sands’ life for more than 40 years. In the late 1970s, Sands was an LGBT activist and...

Incredible $15.1 Million Raised by...

As the 2,800 participants in this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle were huddled together early in the morning on Sunday, June 4th, preparing to begin their...