Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center

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LA Gay & Lesbian Center, McDonald/Wright building in Hollywood, California

The Los Angeles LGBT Center (most recently known as the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) is the world's largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Dedicated to building a better world for LGBT people, the organization's work spans four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.



  • Primary medical care by providers who specialize in caring for LGBT people
  • HIV/AIDS specialty care through its Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic
  • HIV and STD testing and treatment
  • Individual/group counseling and psychiatric care
  • Crystal meth, alcohol and other drug recovery services
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Health and medical research

Social Services and Housing

  • Emergency shelter and transitional housing for youth
  • 7 day/week support services for homeless youth, including meals, clothing, showers, etc.
  • Support services and activities for seniors
  • Legal support, counsel and advocacy
  • Hate crime survivor assistance
  • Domestic violence survivor assistance
  • Youth mentoring and empowerment (LifeWorks)
  • Employment support with special programs for transgender people and youth
  • Family services and programs

Culture and Education

  • Performances and exhibitions on the Center's stages and in its galleries
  • LGBT charter high school
  • GED program
  • Continuing education and personal-enrichment program (Learning Curve)
  • David Bohnett CyberCenter and computer lab
  • Community meeting and event space

Leadership and Advocacy

  • Political and civil rights advocacy
  • Suicide prevention in schools (Project SPIN)
  • Technical support and assistance to sister organizations
  • LGBT cultural competency trainings
  • Mentoring and training emerging leaders in strategic domestic and international communities (Emerging Leaders program).


The Center was founded in 1969, in part by gay and lesbian rights activist Morris Kight.[1] In 1998, they named their library after one of their benefactors, actress Judith Light.[2] The current CEO is Lorri Jean.[3]

On October 2, 2010, the LAGLC became the recipient of a $13.3 million, five-year grant from the Federal United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration on Children, Youth and Families in order to create a model program for LGBTQ youth in foster care. It was the largest-ever grant by the federal government to an LGBT organization, and the only grant out of six total grants that did not go to a government agency or academic institution.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Morris Kight, 83; Gay Rights Pioneer in the Southland". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Judith Light". Faith in America. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Management Bios". Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center wins $13M grant to help foster youths". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. October 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center gets unprecedented grant". Washington Blade. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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