Los Angeles LGBT Center

Coordinates: 34°06′02″N 118°19′58″W / 34.100528°N 118.332728°W / 34.100528; -118.332728
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Los Angeles LGBT Center
Formation1969; 55 years ago (1969)
FounderDon Kilhefner, Morris Kight
TypeNonprofit organization
Legal status501(c)(3)[1]
Coordinates34°06′02″N 118°19′58″W / 34.100528°N 118.332728°W / 34.100528; -118.332728
Joe Hollendoner[2][3]
Susan Feniger[3]
Frank D. Pond[3]
SubsidiariesMcCadden Campus LLC,
AMR Campus QALICB Inc[4]
Employees (2021)
Volunteers (2021)
Formerly called
The Gay Community Services Center,
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center (previously known as the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center) is a provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The organization's work spans four categories, including health, social services, housing, and leadership and advocacy. The center is the largest facility in the world providing services to LGBT people.[5]


The center was founded in 1969, by gay and lesbian rights activists Morris Kight and Don Kilhefner, along with other activists.[6][7] Originally called The Gay Community Services Center, the original center was located in an old Victorian house on Wilshire Boulevard and was the first nonprofit organization in America to have the word "gay" in its name.[8] In 1998, the organization named its library the Judith Light Library after one of its benefactors, actress Judith Light.[9] The current chief executive officer is Joe Hollendoner.[3]

On October 2, 2010, the center became the recipient of a $13.3 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children 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.[10][11]

In 2016, Holly Woodlawn's estate founded the Holly Woodlawn Memorial Fund for Transgender Youth at the center, in order to benefit some of the center's programs, including Trans Pride L.A., Trans* Lounge, Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, and trans health care services.[12] Woodlawn was transgender herself.[12]

As a crowd of more than 200 gathered outside a June 2023 Glendale Unified School District Board of Education meeting, the Los Angeles LGBT Center joined organizations such as GALAS LGBTQ+ Armenian Society, the Armenian American Action Network, Southern California Armenian Democrats in voicing support for the school district's LGBTQ+ policies.[13]


The center's website lists services, programs and activities they offer. These include youth, senior, transgender, survivor, medical, legal and housing services. They provide a number a programs including community & support groups, trainings and vocational programs, and they host various arts and events.[14]


The Los Angeles LGBT Center operates facilities in various Los Angeles locations:

  • Anita May Rosenstein Campus – Santa Monica Blvd at McCadden Place (new HQ in 2019)[15]
  • McDonald/Wright Building – 1625 N. Schrader Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213
  • The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (including Renberg Theater) - 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038
  • The Center Weho – 8745 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • Triangle Square – 1602 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Mi Centro – 553 S. Clarence Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
  • Trans Wellness Center – 3055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 360, Los Angeles, CA 90010


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  1. ^ a b "Los Angeles Lgbt Center". Tax Exempt Organization Search. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved November 4, 2023.
  2. ^ "Los Angeles LGBT Center Announces Selection of New Chief Executive Officer".
  3. ^ a b c d "Staff". Los Angeles LGBT Center. Retrieved November 4, 2023.
  4. ^ a b c "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Los Angeles LGBT Center. June 30, 2022.
  5. ^ Albo, Mike (June 17, 2019). "The Biggest LGBT Center In The World Just Got Bigger — And Better". HuffPost. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  6. ^ Morris Kight Papers, 1975-1993 at UCLA Special Collections
  7. ^ "Morris Kight, 83; Gay Rights Pioneer in the Southland". Los Angeles Times. 20 January 2003. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Los Angeles LGBT Center making more history visually". 30 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Judith Light". Faith in America. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  10. ^ "L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center wins $13M grant to help foster youths". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. October 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center gets unprecedented grant". Washington Blade. October 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Warhol Muse Holly Woodlawn Endows Fund for Trans Youth". 15 February 2016.
  13. ^ Harter, Clara (June 6, 2023). "LGBTQ protections and gender policy sparks Glendale school board war". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  14. ^ "Los Angeles LGBT Center". Los Angeles LGBT Center. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  15. ^ "LA LGBT Center's ambitious Anita May Rosenstein Campus opens". Los Angeles Blade: LGBT News, Rights, Politics, Entertainment. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  16. ^ "Locations". Los Angeles LGBT Center. Retrieved 24 January 2024.

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