Author: Ari Desano

Riding 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles is how the AIDS/LifeCycle community has joined together every year since 1994 to raise millions for San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. But then came COVID-19, forcing organizers of the bike journey to cancel this year’s ride scheduled for May 31 – June 6. Despite the cancellation, many participants are still raising much-needed funds through the innovative My 545 challenge launched this week. Instead of actually riding a bike outdoors, the virtual campaign gives participants the opportunity to take on a different physical…

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Despite the uncertainty being caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the LGBT community still needs to make sure it is counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. And doing so has never been easier. A Census form can be completed by mail, by phone, or online, according to Maria Melo, policy and operations manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Public Policy and Community Building department. “Given the current COVID-19 situation where resources from the federal government are being allocated to states to respond to the crisis, we are reminded now more than ever on why we need to be counted,” Melo…

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Celebrating its 51st year of helping LGBT people thrive, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has set a goal to raise $51,000 ahead of the family-friendly LA Big 5K on Saturday, March 7. This is the Center’s first time participating in the iconic run through Los Angeles, which is open to everyone of all abilities. To date, the Center’s 5K contingency—known as the Center Crew—has raised nearly $20,000. Proceeds will benefit the Center’s vital programs and services. “The new year and the new decade are in full swing, and our eyes are set on the next wave of the LGBT movement.…

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LOS ANGELES, February 3, 2020— Celebrating its 15th delectable year, the premier food and wine event in Los Angeles for LGBT people and their allies known as Simply diVine takes over the iconic Hollywood Forever on Saturday, April 18, from 6–9 p.m. Guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s best food, wines, craft beers, cocktails, juices, specialty coffees, and much more at the fascinating landmark best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth. All proceeds support the Center’s vital programs and services. “It’s just so incredible to…

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Our Resistance Squad marched at the fourth annual Los Angeles Women’s march on Saturday, January 18 where Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean fired up a crowd of more than 300,000 spectators at Los Angeles City Hall.

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On Wednesday, October 23, at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, a panel of tenured professionals from across a variety of industries will discuss the realities faced by lesbian, bisexual, and queer women in the workplace. Entitled Women’s Work: Perspectives on the Highs, Lows, and Where’d We Go?, the panel is co-sponsored by the Center and PwC and is part of a year-long celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary—one in a series of Big Queer Convo devoted to documenting the impact of LGBT people in various industries over the last half-century. The panelists include Leslie O’Harrow, Tax Partner, PwC; Marquita Thomas,…

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Held for the first time at Los Angeles City College, more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies from 200 cities and more than 250 schools nationwide are expected to attend the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 27th annual Models of Pride conference on Saturday, October 19. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Me, Celebrating Us.” As the world’s largest free conference of its kind, Models of Pride offers a full day of life-enriching programming designed to help young people build confidence and self-esteem and develop valuable life skills. Organized through the Center’s youth development program, the day…

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By Greg Hernandez It was a night worthy of gold. More than 5,000 people gathered at the Greek Theatre on September 21 to celebrate a half-century of LGBT struggles and historic victories through music, comedy, and personal stories. Pop icon Sia opened the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s star-studded Heart of Gold 50th anniversary concert and multimedia show with two of her hits The Greatest and Titanium accompanied by her troupe of dancers, among them her muse Maddy Ziegler from Lifetime’s reality show Dance Moms. Country music star Ty Herndon had some in the crowd confused when he launched into his…

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