Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

WOMEN

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 contributor to Lesbian Tide, the nation’s first lesbian newspaper which was led by fellow lesbian activist Jeanne Cordova. During those early days of LGBT activism in Los Angeles, she eventually met Don Kilhefner and Morris Kight, two of the Center’s founders,...

The Keys to Success

New Center charter school helps LGBTQ youth earn high school diplomas. At 21, Athena V.* has discovered her love for learning because—for the first time—she is attending a school that finally accepts her: the Center’s new charter school for LGBTQ youth. “I was 16 when I stopped going to school,” she explained. “My family had just moved to a new town, and I didn’t feel safe. But here I feel so...

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...

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...

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...

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...