Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

YOUTH

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...

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...

OneTo Celebrate Donates ‘Individualized’ Socks to LGBT Youth

Who says socks have to come in pairs? Certainly not the new sock company OneTo Celebrate which donated 150 single socks with several black-and-white designs to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The eye-catching socks are now among the items inside a clothing closet for LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. The socks were delivered stored inside two specially-designed drawers at the Center’s Youth...

Generosity Puts Sleeping Bag Coats in the Hands of LGBT Youth

Thanks to the non-profit charity The Giving Spirit, 70 Los Angeles LGBT Center youth experiencing homelessness will receive a unique coat which transforms into a sleeping bag at night. The impact of such a gift will be palpable. The Center sees approximately 300 individual youths experiencing homelessness per month but currently has only 65 beds for emergency and temporary shelter. Many are on...

Center Youth Show Off Their Inner–and Outer–Beauty

Part of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center was transformed into a hair salon this week with professional barbers and hairstylists busy trimming, coloring, and blow drying hair. Professional make-up artists were expertly applying cosmetics to fresh faces before the youth made their way across the hall to a makeshift studio for a photo session. It was all part of the Center’s annual...

’I Get Bullied for Being Trans’

“I get bulled for being trans and I want to express how I feel.” The more than 1,500 Hollywood High School students at the school’s LGBT Club special assembly fell silent. All eyes were on the teenage transgender student now standing alone and speaking center stage. “I’ve been through a lot in my life,” she continued. “It’s not right to be transphobic. I’m just trying to succeed in life and I...

Models of Pride Draws Record Crowd

Nearly 2,000 LGBTQ young people, parents, and other adults attended the 25th annual Models of Pride conference at the University of Southern California on October 29. Until three weeks ago, parent Keith Gregory didn’t think he’d be among them. “Our child just told us three weeks ago that she is a transgender female and we’ve been looking for some people to talk to and support groups,” Gregory...

Homeless Youth Crisis called ‘Unacceptable’ at Legislative Hearing

California state lawmakers heard firsthand about the severity of the state’s homeless youth crisis during a joint informational hearing at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre earlier this week. “This is a crisis. This is totally unacceptable,” testified Simon Costello, the Center’s director of Children, Youth and Family Services. “Every week between 15 and 20 new young people...

City Clothing Drive Will Help LGBT Youth Look Sharp for Job Interviews

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell went through his closet Tuesday morning and came upon two suits he never wears anymore. O’Farrell brought them to City Hall where a month-long clothing drive has just been launched to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center. “Whoever ends up wearing (these suits) will look absolutely fabulous,” O’Farrell promised at a morning...

Center CEO: LGBT Homeless Youth Need Support More Than Ever

There are nearly 6,000 youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County on any given night, according to The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. In a separate study of homeless youth in Hollywood - one of the most popular destinations for these youth - nearly 40% identified as being LGBT. Demand for the services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which been caring for homeless LGBT...

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...

Take Action Now: Wrongly Deported Gay Man...

Three days before Christmas, Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez was ordered back to Mexico by an immigration judge in San Diego during a hearing he didn’t...