Jul 22

By Stevie St. John

Bravo star Rachel Zoe (The Rachel Zoe Project) was recently honored at a star-studded benefit that raised more than $250,000 for the Center’s homeless youth services.

Rachel Zoe

Heather Graham, Emma Caulfield, Aaron Sorkin, and Daphne Zunigawere among the stars spotted on the red carpet at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Anne Hathaway presented the award to Zoe, and Kelly Osbourne honored Ana C., a successful and inspiring graduate of the Center’s Transitional Living Program for homeless LGBT youth.

“Ana courageously represents so many kids who have been forgotten by society, forgotten by their own families and left on the streets of Los Angeles to fend for themselves,” says Kathy Kloves, who co-hosted the event with Patrick Herning.

“Because of the Center, these kids have been given a chance; they have been given love and shown the compassion and support that every human being deserves.”

Presenting sponsors were John Goldwyn and Estee Lauder. Platinum sponsors were Saks and Decades. Gold sponsors were WME and NBCUniversal (Bravo Media). Silver sponsors were Karen Kane Design Inc. and David Brian Sanders Interior
Design. Our in-kind sponsors were Virgin America and Audi.

To see more photos from the event,
check out the Facebook gallery.

Jul 21

Big Queer Convo - May 14th

Big Queer Convo - May 14th

Jul 20

American’s Idol Crystal Bowersox to Perform at ‘Threads Of Change’ Party, Dec 8

Gil Diaz


American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox to Perform at
‘Threads of Change’ Party, Dec. 8

Athletes Jason Collins & Robbie Rogers To Donate Clothes for Homeless LGBT Youth; Iron Fist Clothing Donating $4K Worth of Clothes & Accessories

LOS ANGELES, December 2, 2013—The act of giving during the holidays will feel—and sound—so good this Sunday, December 8, at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood, when the Threads of Change clothing drive party returns for its seventh year. The event, sponsored by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Young Professionals Council (YPC), will collect gently used clothes for homeless LGBT youth served by the Center. American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox from Season 9 will perform her latest single, “Coming Out for Christmas.”

To add to the excitement, out athletes Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers will donate clothes from their closets and Iron Fist Clothing is giving $4,000 worth of clothes and accessories, which will help stock the closet at the Center’s Youth Center on Highland where staff distribute an average of 1,200 clothing items each month.

“Our homeless LGBT youth will stay warmer this season—thanks to Iron Fist and inspirational sports figures like Jason and Robbie who are making a huge difference. We just hope someone can fit into Jason’s clothes!” says YPC member and event co-chair Tommy Johnson. “And to have Crystal entertain our guests with her latest holiday hit will truly make everyone’s spirits brighter. She is ourAmerican Idol!”

Admission to the clothing drive party is free, and guests who donate a bag of gently used clothes will receive a complimentary mimosa.

Items of apparel for men and women in greatest demand are:

·      Gently used casual clothes (of all adult sizes)

·      Gently used professional attire for job interviews

·      Gently used winter coats and sweaters

·      Shoes in excellent condition

·      New socks and underwear

Guests are encouraged to post photos of their fashionable donations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to @LAGayCenter with hashtag#YPCThreads.

Those unable to attend the clothing drive and party can drop off donations at the Youth Center on Highland, 1220 N. Highland Ave., any day between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Threads of Change sponsors include Bloomingdale’s, Eleven Nightclub & Restaurant, Instinct Magazine, Iron Fist Clothing, LA Pride, Real Rock ‘n’ Roll Movers, and SoCal Social Club.

 WHAT:                       Threads of Change

The seventh annual clothing drive party hosted by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Young Professionals Council to collect apparel for homeless LGBT youth.

Those unable to attend Threads of Change can drop off donations at the Highland Annex, 1220 N. Highland Ave., any day between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHEN:                       Sunday, Dec. 8
Noon-4 p.m.

WHERE:                     Eleven Nightclub
8811 Santa Monica Blvd. 
West Hollywood, CA 90069

COST:                       FREE

For more information about Threads of Change, visit lagaycenter.org/threads.

For more information about the YPC, visit facebook.com/lagaycenterypc.

For more information about the Center’s Youth Services, visit lagaycenter.org.


About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center 
For more than 40 years, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of LGBT people. We serve more LGBT people than any other organization in the world with services ranging from LGBT specialty care to cultural arts programs; from housing homeless youth to hosting life-enriching programs for seniors. Learn more at lagaycenter.org.

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Flying High
Hang Gliding for Beginners 

Recognized as the most peaceful and exciting form of personal aviation, this class will give you a bird’s-eye view of crashing waves as you fly above and then land onto the soft warm sands of Dockweiler State Beach.

Instructors: Various

Saturday, August 25, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $139
No discounts available.

(Enrollment closes at 11:59 p.m. on 8/20)

Walk on Water
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons

Stand up paddle boarding is the hottest sport that you can learn quickly. Regardless of the season, paddle boarders are always walking on the waters of our beautiful California coasts.

Instructors: Various

Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. - Noon
(Enrollment closes at 11:59 p.m. on 7/30)
Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-Noon
(Enrollment closes at 11:59 p.m. on 9/10)
Enrollment Fee: $120
No discounts available.

Wave Riders
Surfing Lessons for Beginners

This fun and invigorating class for beginners will teach you how to ride the waves more quickly than you ever thought possible. Start by learning all the basics of longboard surfing, as well as a little history of one of humanity’s oldest sports.

Instructors: Various

Saturdays, August 18 & 25
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Enrollment Fee: $129
No discounts available.
(Enrollment closes at 11:59 p.m. on 8/13)


Flamenco and Classical Guitar
Stylized Guitar for Beginners

Whether you know how to play traditional guitar or you’ve never held a guitar in your hands, this class will teach you all the basics of creating beautiful music. Course includes a mix of classical and flamenco playing styles.

Instructor: Darryl Denning

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, stage persona and managing your performance anxiety. At the end, you will perform your own seven-minute comedic stand-up piece for your family, friends and strangers at the Comedy Store!

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt

Thursdays, August 30 - October 4
7-9:30 p.m.
The Comedy Store performance: 10/7
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/29)

Voiceover Talent
Introduction to Voiceover for Beginners

Develop the money-making talent that resides inside your mouth. 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


Tuesday, August 21, 7-10 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $49
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/20)

Introduction to Guitar
Acoustic & Electric Guitar for Beginners

Learn the fundamentals of playing acoustic or electric guitar, including basic scale, chord theory and open chords. After only a few lessons, you will learn to play familiar songs and how to create songs of your own. Students must provide their own guitars.

Instructor: Marc Flores

Thursdays, August 16 - September 20,
7-8:30 p.m.
Enrollment Fee: $99
(Enrollment closes at 5 p.m. on 8/15)