After one year as the Center’s Director of Annual Giving and a long history of non-profit and corporate leadership positions, Bill McDermott has been promoted to head of the Center’s Development Department, responsible for leading the team that raises funds to support Center services. 

McDermott succeeds Bart Verry, who served as head of the department for six years.  During his tenure, Verry helped set new fundraising records for the Center and its events, including AIDS/LifeCycle, and co-founded the Young Professionals Council. He is now working as Chief Development Officer for AIDS Project Los Angeles.  

McDermott spent 14 years as a sales and marketing executive with Apple Computer, Inc. and most recently served as Director of Development for New York’s Stonewall Community Foundation. He called New York home for 25 years before moving to Los Angeles to join the Center team.

“Bill’s professionalism and passion for our mission are evident in everything he does,” says Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “I’m looking forward to working with him and our entire Development team to take our fundraising efforts to an entirely new level so that we can continue to say ‘yes!’ to the ever-growing numbers of LGBT people who are turning to us for help.”

By Stevie St. John

This year, the Center’s Simply diVine—L.A.’s premier food and wine event specifically for LGBT people and their allies—moves to an exciting new venue: the beautiful tree-lined boutique shopping nook of Melrose Place!

Simply diVine will bring together hundreds of foodies, wine connoisseurs, beer enthusiasts, and spirit lovers to experience gastronomic delights beneath the stars on Saturday, Aug. 18.

“Like in past years, Simply diVine will bring together many incredible restaurants and wineries,” says celeb chef Susan Feniger, who serves as event co-chair alongside fellow Center board member David Bailey and Wendy Melford. “It’s still an evening with decadent tastes, delightful aromas and wonderful people—but this year we’re taking over the chic, charming Melrose Place cul-de-sac to accommodate even more people.”

In addition to haute cuisine and fine wines, Simply diVine will feature more beverage offerings than ever before, including a bigger selection of craft beers and spirits. Of course, non-alcoholic drinks will be provided for those who want to indulge only on the culinary side.

Prior to the main event, an exclusive Club VIP Tasting at Marc Jacobs Collection will offer VIP guests the opportunity to sample rare and high-end wines.

Don’t miss the food and wine event of the summer; join the Center to sample and savor the good life at Simply diVine!

New Center Donors and Circle of Life Members

New Center Donors and Circle of Life Members

Marketplace

Marketplace

By Stevie St. John

One of the ways the Center’s LifeWorks program helps LGBT youth realize their full potential is by supporting their educational goals. So far the LifeWorks scholarship fund has helped more than 100 deserving LGBT youth fulfill their dream of attending college. 

“When we created this scholarship program, we knew it had the potential to change the course of young people’s lives who couldn’t otherwise attend college,” says David Bailey, Center board co-chair. “We also knew that our gifts wouldn’t come close to meeting the needs of LGBT college- bound youth who turn to the Center for help. We could not be more thrilled to see others stepping forward to expand this vital program.” 

This year the fund awarded a combined total of $37,500 in scholarships to 27 deserving LGBT youth. The recipients were selected based on financial need, academic achievement and record of community service. 

The LifeWorks Scholarship Program is made possible by the generosity of individual and corporate supporters, including: 

The Edison International Foundation, which this year contributed $25,000. 

LifeWorks donor Steven Greene and his husband, David Cruz, who endow the Felice Samuel Greene Scholarship, named in honor of Greene’s mother. This year the $2,500 scholarship was awarded to Isaias Guzman, who will attend University of California, Berkeley. 

Comcast NBCUniversal, which will contribute $10,000 for students pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.

Ever since the pioneering founders of the Center first began providing services in 1969, we’ve been a forward-looking organization. We’re not only looking forward to a brighter future, we’re working to draw closer a future when:

LGBT Youth Are Accepted for Who They Are We’re a safe place to turn for LGBT youth who are rejected by their families, bullied by their peers, and harassed at their schools. We’re also working to change schools and society for the better—so future generations won’t face the same problems.

 

Transgender People Don’t Face Workplace Discrimination Transgender women and men face workplace discrimination at an alarming rate. We’re helping many trans people brush up on job skills and find work—and we’re offering trainings for forward-looking employers who want to make their workplaces safe and welcoming for trans workers.

 

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic is Over You’ve probably heard about our leading-edge medical care for people living with HIV. We’re also fighting the spread of the virus by promoting and offering free HIV/STD testing, through clinical and behavioral research, and with innovative HIV-prevention programs that target those at greatest risk.

 

The Freedom to Marry Rings Out in Every State We’re supporting LGBT and allied activists across the country to increase the effectiveness of their community organizing, especially in places that are facing or could face LGBT issues on the ballot. In recent weeks, Center staff members have been working on the ground with activists in Minnesota to fight an anti-marriage equality measure.

 

LGBT Seniors Don’t Retreat Into the Closet We’re a safe harbor for LGBT seniors (ages 50+) who turn to us for social events, grief support groups and more. We’re also making the world better for older LGBT people by training the staff of assisted care facilities on how to make their facilities safe and welcoming for LGBT residents, who all too often encounter homophobia and retreat into the closet.

To learn more about how we’re making the future brighter in many ways, visit us at lagaycenter.org

Creativity & Fun

Writing for the Stage
An Intensive Playwriting Workshop

Through creative tools and exercises, you will learn the craft of playwriting. Discussion of each participant’s work will help you learn structure, character development, dramatic intention, conflict, motive, climax and resolution. All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor: Richard Steel
6-WEEK COURSE
Saturdays, August 4 - September 8, 1-4 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/3)

Life Drawing
Capturing the Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing her/his artistic talents. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Our instructor works with each student one-on-one to ensure you get exactly what you need to develop your talents. Each session features a live nude model.

Instructor: Ron Anderegg
4-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, July 24 - August 14, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/23)

Technology

Phreestyle Photography
Digital Photography Master Class

Part 1: Learn photography fundamentals and equipment basics for your particular camera. Part 2: Professional photography, including: portraiture, still life, printing, lighting and image manipulation.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana

5-WEEK COURSE 
Thursdays, July 26 - August 23, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/25)

Learn Adobe Photoshop Ext.
Levels I & II

Photoshop is the graphic world’s most powerful tool. You will learn how to retouch, create composites, work with layers, paint, color correct and much more. Two companion courses which may be take together or separately.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana

L1 Mondays, July 30 & August 6, 7-9:30 p.m.
L2 Mondays, August 13 & 20, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $89 ea.

COMBINE LEVELS I & II
Enrollment Fee: $149
(No Additional Discounts)
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. 7/29)

Health & Wellness

Announcement: Our Saturday morning yoga and meditation classes are now free/by donation. Attend either class and make an optional cash donation for the amount you believe the class was worth.

Deep Breath
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

For beginners and experienced alike.

Instructor: Brent Stevens
Every Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
Donation ($10 - $12 Suggested)

Get Centered
Saturday Morning Meditation Class

Instructor: Marc Caldwell
Donation ($8 - $10 Suggested)
Every Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Performance

Flamenco and Classical Guitar
Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never even held one, this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music.

Instructor: Darryl Denning

6-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, August 8 - September 12
7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/7)

Your World Premiere at the Comedy Store
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

This fun course is perfect for anyone who wants to make’em laugh. Topics include: joke-writing, character creation, improv skills and stage persona. At the end, you will perform your own comedic stand-up piece at the Comedy Store!

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt

6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, July 19 – August 23
7-9:30 p.m.
The Comedy Store performance: 8/26
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/18)

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Develop the money-making talent of your own voice. Learn to pick the right demo directors and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held at a recording studio and includes actual mic time.

Instructor: M.J. Lallo

WORKSHOP
Tuesday, July 24, 7-10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/23)
Course meets off-site.

World Traveler

Voulez-Vous Parler Francias?
Conversational French for Beginners

Learn this most romantic of languages in only six weeks. Course will focus on basic vocabulary, casual conversation, and simple grammar constructs that will be helpful to travelers and connoisseurs alike.

Instructor: Nadine Cohen

6-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, July 24 - August 28, 7:30-9 p.m.
No class on July 3rd.
Enrollment Fee: $120
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 7/23)

CREATIVITY & FUN

Writing for the Stage - An Intensive Playwriting Workshop

Through creative tools and exercises, you will learn the craft of playwriting. Discussion of each participant’s work will help you learn structure, character development, dramatic intention, conflict, motive, climax and resolution. All experience levels are welcome.

Instructor: Richard Steel
6-WEEK COURSE
Saturdays, March 3 – April 7, 1-4 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/2)

Life Drawing - Capturing The Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing his or her artistic
talents. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Each session features a live
nude model.

Instructor: Ron Anderegg
4-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, March 20 – April 10, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/19)

WORLD TRAVELER

Voulez-Vous Parler Francais? - Conversational French for Beginners

Learn this most romantic of languages in only six weeks. Course will focus on basic
vocabulary and simple grammar constructs that will be helpful to travelers and
connoisseurs alike.

Instructor: Nadine Cohen
6-WEEK COURSE
Tuesdays, March 13 – April 17, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $120
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/12)

Spanish for Everyday Life - Spanish for Beginners

Learning Curve’s popular Spanish class, known for being fun and easy, has been
updated and expanded to 10 weeks. The result is a spirited course with an intensified curriculum similar to many college-level language courses.

Instructor: Jesus Arellano
10-PART COURSE
Wednesdays, April 11 – June 13, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $199
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 4/10)

TECHNOLOGY

Phreestyle Photography - Digital Photography Master Class

Part 1: Photography fundamentals and equipment basics. Part 2: Professional
photography, including: portraiture, still life, printing, lighting and image manipulation.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
5-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, March 21 – April 18, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/20)

Learn Adobe Photoshop Ext. - Levels I & II

Photoshop is the graphic world’s most powerful tool. You will learn how to retouch,
create composites, work with layers, paint, color correct and much more.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
LEVEL 1 Mondays, March 19 & 26, 7-9:30 p.m.
LEVEL 2 Mondays, April 2 & 9, 7-9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $89 ea.
TAKE BOTH LEVELS & SAVE $29!
LEVELS 1&2 Enrollment Fee: $149
(No Additional Discounts)
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before
each level begins.)

Start Blogging Today - WordPress and the World of Blogging

WordPress is one of today’s most popular blogging software programs, and it’s totally free and easy to learn. By the end of this class you’ll have a working blog ready to share with the world.

Instructor: David Oshima
WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $39
(Enrollment closes at 5 pm on 3/23)

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Deep Breath - Kundalini Yoga & Meditation

Instructor: Brent Stevens
Every Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
$12 Each Class (at the door only)
$10 Seniors/Students (I.D. Required)

Get Centered - Saturday Morning Meditation Class

Instructor: Marc Caldwell
Every Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
$10 (at the door only)
$9 Seniors/Students (I.D. Required)

PERFORMANCE

Guitar Level 1 - Introduction to Guitar for Beginners

Learn the fundamentals, including basic scale, chord theory and open chords.
Learn to play familiar songs and how to create songs of your own. Students must
provide their own guitars.

Instructor: Mark Flores
6-WEEK COURSE
Thursdays, March 22 – April 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/21)

Voiceover Talent - Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Learn to pick the right demo directors and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held at a recording studio and includes actual mic time.

Instructor: M.J. Lallo
WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 27, 7-10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/26)
Course meets off-site.

Flamenco and Classical Guitar - Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never even held a guitar,
this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music.

Instructor: Darryl Denning
6-WEEK COURSE
Wednesdays, February 29 – April 4, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/28)
or
Wednesdays, April 11 – May 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 4/12)

Your World Premiere at The Comedy Store - Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

Topics include: joke writing, creating characters, improv skills and stage persona.
At the end, perform your own comedic stand-up piece at The Comedy Store!

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt
6-WEEK COURSE

Thursdays, March 8 – April 12, 7-9:30 p.m.
The Comedy Store performance: 4/15

Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/7)

WEALTH & SECURITY

From Work to Retirement - Realities of Planning for Retirement

Planning for your retirement is hard work. This course is perfect for anyone who can
count on no one but themselves when it comes to creating their retirement lifestyle.
Course topics include: understanding how to manage retirement income, longevity
risks, Social Security, purchasing power, long-term investments, anticipating health
care needs and so much more.

Instructor: Grant Gochin.
WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 28, 7-9 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $25
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/27)

You Can’t Take It with You - Managing Your Estate Planning Issues

The time to start planning for your future is now. Learn not only how to transfer
property at death but also how to plan for retirement, incapacity and disability.

Instructor: Christine Wilson
WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $20
(Registration closes at 5 p.m. on 3/26)

Creativity & Fun

WRITE THAT SPEC SCRIPT, NOW!
Television Writers Workshop

Every aspiring writer needs a spec script if they are going to land representation and/or that first writing job. This hands-on course was designed for the sole purpose of helping you achieve that goal. Our instructor will help and guide you to complete a half-hour or hour-long spec script that will be your calling card.

Instructor: Mark Alton Brown
6-Week Course
Wednesdays, Feb. 23 - Apr. 3, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $120
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/26)

Words & Music
Hands-on Musical Theatre Workshop

Do you have an idea for a stage musical? This fun hands-on workshop will help you transform your idea into the musical of your dreams. Topics will include story development, structure, composition, song/lyric writing and many other important elements you will need to bring your story to life.

Instructor: Mark Saltzman
6-Week Course
Wednesdays, Feb. 6 - Mar. 13, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/5)

Life Drawing
Capturing the Beautiful Human Body

This popular course is perfect for anyone interested in developing their artistic abilities. Nothing is more difficult to draw than the complexities of the human body. This fun and low-pressure course is perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike who want to develop their craft. Each session features a live model.

Instructor: Ron Anderegg
4-Week Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 19 - Mar 12, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $69
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/18)

Performance

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Unleash the vocal giant inside of you. This hands-on class will teach you tricks of the trade and how to present yourself to casting and talent agents. Held in a recording studio and includes actual mic time.

Instructor: M.J. Lallo
Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 - 10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/25)
Course meets off-site.

Guitar for Beginners
Introduction to Guitar

Learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar in a fun and easy environment. All of the basics are covered, including basic scale, chord theory and open chords. Learn to play familiar songs and how to create songs of your own. By end of this course, you will have the foundation necessary to grow into a great player. Student’s must provide their own guitars (acoustic and electric guitars are both welcome.

Instructor: Marc Flores 
6-Week Course
Wednesdays, Mar. 6 - Apr. 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 3/5)

Photography Workshop Series
Series enrollment packages are now available. Mix-n-match any courses and get discounted enrollment, free bonus classes and more. Visit lagaycenter.org/learningcurve for more information.

Camera Tech & Photography Fundamentals
Digital Photography Primer

This intense and information-filled course was specifically designed to help photographers master their cameras and begin developing a masterful creative eye.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
4-Week Course
Thursdays, Feb. 21 - Mar. 14, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
This course is free with all Package Enrollments
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/20)

Studio Shoot
Fundamentals of Studio Photography

Learn to recreate different studio set ups, most of which can be easily replicated in the comfort of your own home and without spending a lot of money on professional equipment.

Instructor: Johnny Ciotti
6-Part Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 5 - Mar. 12, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $129
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/4)

Flesh Photography
Photographing the Human Body

This fun and eye-opening course will teach you different and creative ways of capturing the beauty of the human body through the lens of your digital camera.

Instructor: Daniel Meyer
4-Part Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 25 - Mar. 18, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $129
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/24)

Product Photography
Basics of Table-Top Photography

This course will teach you how to light and photograph all types of items, big and small, dark or light and for a variety of different uses.

Instructor: Dali Sadhana
4-Part Course
Tuesdays, Feb. 19 - Mar. 12, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $109
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 2/18)