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Los Angeles LGBT Center Announces Name Change, Historic Fundraising Campaign

The newly-named  Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) has launched a $25 million fundraising campaign in an expansion effort that will double the beds it provides for homeless LGBT youth, and provide 100 units of housing for LGBT seniors, as well as create new facilities to support all its efforts:

LosangeleslgbtcenterWhen finished, the new building will form a campus with the Center's arts, educational and cultural facility—known as The Village at Ed Gould Plaza—directly across the street from it and span more than one city block. It will also become the Center's new headquarters, facilitating a major expansion of health and medical services at the current headquarters (McDonald/Wright building).

Together with longtime supporter Lily Tomlin, Center CEO Lorri L. Jean announced that donors have already pledged $19 million toward the $25-million goal. Jean was joined by philanthropist Anita May Rosenstein who has pledged the lead gift of $6.5 million. The donation will be made by the Anita May Rosenstein, Wilbur May and Anita & Arnold Rosenstein Family Foundations. This is the largest gift ever given by a living person to an LGBT organization.

The early success of the campaign is also attributable to six other pledges of seven-figure gifts, including a $2 million pledge by Ariadne Getty and the Fuserna Foundation and $1 million pledges by David J. Bailey and Ron B. Shalowitz; Jacinto Hernandez & Charles Callahan; Barry McCabe; Loren S. Ostrow & Brian Newkirk; William & Cindy Shopoff.

The project, which will be the result of the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the LGBT movement, will break ground in 2016.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center talks about its services and the changes it is making in a new video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The new inclusive name is an excellent -- and overdue -- step forward.

    Congrats to everyone involved. The Center isn't perfect, but it's still the best in the world and only getting better.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 28, 2014 2:32:34 PM

  2. The new, new, new cure. Thank the funders.

    Posted by: GEB | May 28, 2014 3:19:32 PM

  3. This organization does amazing work, while keeping overhead low. Lorri L. Jean is an incredible leader, who inspires her staff and donors alike. I'm just a small fry, but this is where my donation dollars go.

    Posted by: Asher | May 28, 2014 6:21:19 PM

  4. The new alphabet name is still not all-inclusive, and doesn't emphasize what our movement was originally about -- the freedom to be.

    Still waiting for a Queer Freedom center.

    Posted by: Randy | May 28, 2014 6:33:15 PM

  5. Old lesbians are always a delight.

    Posted by: Josh | May 28, 2014 7:26:12 PM

  6. Randy: The name policing is just silly. What is important is the work being done not the name of the organization.

    Posted by: Liam | May 29, 2014 10:59:09 AM

  7. So basically the trans activists lay claim to 1/4 of real estate that they didn't purchase and 1/4 of an organization to which they don't contribute.

    Still waiting for the trans-only center in Houston to change its name. Still waiting for the National Center for Trans Equality to change its name. Still waiting for the Transgender Legal Defense Fund to change its name.

    But of course that won't happen. LGBT is used to siphon off LGB resources and direct them to trans activists. It never works the other way.

    Posted by: Phillip | May 29, 2014 4:04:59 PM

  8. Asher, Lorri Jean is an incompetent. She was a major factor in the passage of Prop 8. She was part of the executive committee for No on 8, but just weeks before the election, she went on an extended vacation to Alaska. She takes in an enormous salary with no real accountability for her performance.

    Posted by: Jermaine | May 29, 2014 4:07:55 PM

  9. I've lived in Burbank with my partner for many years. We can't claim to be major donors, but we probably average about $500/year in donations to the center for the past 5 years or so.

    With this name change, we are done. If the center is now about linking LGBs with crossdressing and gender reassignment surgery and the neutrois (part of the T community that wants to castrate themselves), then we'll keep the money or find a worthy cause to donate it to. There are plenty of good causes, including LGB causes to donate to.

    Posted by: Don Morton | May 29, 2014 4:14:35 PM

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