Mission: To build a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
About the Organization: The Los Angeles LGBT Center has supported gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Los Angeles area and beyond since 1969. Today the organization provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy spanning four categories — health, social services and housing, culture and education, and leadership and advocacy.
Current Programs: The center's services in the area of health include medical services ranging from primary care to transgender health; HIV-related services such as testing, prevention, and support groups; mental health services; addiction recovery programs; and pharmacy services. The center also conducts research projects in collaboration with academic institutions focused on advancing scientific knowledge about the prevention, intervention, and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. The organization's social services and housing programs provide transitional and affordable housing for homeless youth and seniors, educational/cultural workshops and cultural competency programs for schools, groups, and other organizations; employment programs; and legal assistance. The center's programs in the area of culture and education include classes; college scholarships; performances, forums, and other events at the center's Renberg Theatre and Davidson/Valentini Theatre; and exhibitions at its Advocate & Gochis Galleries. And its programs in the area of leadership and advocacy are aimed at strengthening the global LGBT movement while educating the public about LGBT issues, mobilizing constituents, advancing policy initiatives, and promoting equality and justice for LGBT people. To that end, the organization provides comprehensive support for LGBT youth and their families, mentoring and youth development, trainings for educators and school administrators, and a Leadership LAB (Learn Act Build) that works to organize and empower communities to fight prejudice.
Visitors to the LGBT Center site can watch videos of client stories, sign up to receive e-updates, and/or check out an events calendar. They can also take action for LGBT rights, learn more about volunteering, join a networking group, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Los Angeles LGBT Center is funded by individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants, and program fees.