Los Angeles LGBT Center

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Los Angeles LGBT Center
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The McDonald/Wright building in Hollywood, California houses the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Formation 1969
Founder Morris Kight
CEO Lorri Jean
Website www.lalgbtcenter.org

The Los Angeles LGBT Center (previously known as the Los Angeles Gay and 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.

Services[edit]

Health
  • 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).

History[edit]

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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