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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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Towleroad Looking for Outgoing Peeps to Help Us Out at L.A. Pride and NYC Pride

Towleroad is hiring some energetic and enthusiastic folks to help us out with our presence at L.A. Pride on June 7 and 8 and NYC Pride on June 29.

LapridePrideFest responsibilities will include manning our mobile photo booth, walking around PrideFest engaging with people, taking and sending commemorative photos and collecting emails. We're looking for social, outgoing people who are up for long days.

NycprideParade responsibilities will include carrying a Towleroad banner in the parade or operating a mobile phone booth along the parade route, dipping into the crowds, taking photos, collecting emails and then catching up with the Towleroad banner.

Please email paul@towleroad.com as soon as possible and put L.A. Pride or NYC Pride in the subject line.


Towleroad Celebrates the Black AIDS Institute Gala and Honorees: PHOTOS

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Photographer and activist Duane Cramer, Rent actress Tracie Thoms, actor Lamman Rucker and a gala guest.

On Tuesday night, Towleroad was a sponsor of the Black AIDS Institute 15th Year Anniversary (for more about the Institute click HERE) at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday night they honored three "Heroes in the Struggle" at their Gala Reception and Awards Presentation: Academy Award winning actor, comedian, and best-selling author Mo'Nique, finalist on The Voice and HIV-Positive Health Advocate Jamar Rogers, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Below, some additional photos from the elegant and energizing event.

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Cramer with Black AIDS Institute CEO/President and Founder Phill Wilson, and gala guests.

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Honoree and finalist on The Voice Jamar Rogers, and Cramer.

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Vanessa Williams (New Jack City, Soul Food), who co-hosted the evening with Alimi Ballard, and a gala guest.

Check out a few more photos from the event (sorry, no IDs), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tuesday Speed Read: Oregon, Utah, Primary Day, Los Angeles, Charles Van Sant

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

OREGON JUDGE STRIKES BAN:

McshaneOregon on Monday became the 18th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. In a 26-page ruling that shared some of his personal experience with anti-gay sentiments, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane (an Obama appointee) struck down the state’s ban as “utterly arbitrary and completely irrational” and in violation of the equal protection and due process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and his attorney general had already made clear they intended to abide by any decision striking the ban, and McShane’s order called for his decision to go into effect immediately. One of the plaintiff couples was the first to get married, just minutes after the decision was released. See full story.

FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS UTAH MARRIAGES COUNT:

UtahU.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball (Clinton appointee) granted a preliminary injunction Monday afternoon requiring that Utah recognize the marriages of an estimated 1,300 same-sex couples that took place before a U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in another district court judge’s decision in Kitchen v. Herbert, striking down the state’s ban. But Kimball, who applied heightened scrutiny in the case, Evans v. Utah, stayed his order for 21 days, to give the state time to seek an emergency stay from the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. At deadline, state officials said they were considering an appeal but had not yet made a decision. John Mejia, an attorney with the ACLU which sought the injunction, said that, while couples must still await a permanent decision, the preliminary injunction does provide same-sex couples with “the full recognition they deserve as lawfully married couples.”

GAYS IN MANY PRIMARIES TODAY:

Josh_youngAt least eight openly gay candidates are on the ballot in primaries today. Six of them are running for state House seats: Incumbents include Reps. Simone Bell and Karla Drenner of Georgia and Brian Sims of Pennsylvania; newcomers include John McCrostie in Idaho; Rob Nosse in Oregon; and Joshua Young of Pennsylvania (pictured). In Georgia, Kyle Williams is running for the state senate and Joan Garner is running for a Fulton County Commission seat.

HOT RACE FOR L.A. COUNTY BOARD:

Two openly gay candidates are among eight people running for the June 3 election for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Former California Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl is considered one of the frontrunners in the contest. She was, in 1994, the first openly gay person elected to the California Assembly and later the first to serve in the state senate. She was term-limited out of the legislature. Former West Hollywood City Council member John Duran is also running. Duran has deep ties to the LGBT community, having served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Lambda Legal, Equality California, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. They are running against Bobby Shriver, the son of the late Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver.

VansantCAUGHT ON TAPE:

Equality Florida has posted a video on its website showing Florida Republican State Rep. Charles Van Zant speaking at a right-wing conservative conference in March opposing certain education reforms proposed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR): “These people….will promote double mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.” Politifact.com, a fact-checking feature of the Miami Herald, says AIR “only provides materials on gay and lesbian issues to schools and organizations that request it….And the group does not promote the issues.”

© 2014 Keen News Service. All rights reserved.


Demi Lovato to Headline NYC Pride 'Dance on the Pier' and Serve as Grand Marshal for LA Pride Parade

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Recording artist Demi Lovato will headline this year's NYC Pride Dance on the Pier at Pier 26 in Tribeca on June 29 after serving as Grand Marshall of the LA Pride Parade on June 8, the two Pride committees announced in a joint statement this week.

Said Lovato: "It’s such an honor to be a part of both LA and NYC PRIDE celebrations this year. I have been an active advocate of the LGBT community and am wholly committed to supporting individuality and being comfortable in one’s own skin. I am thrilled to be a part of both events as they are a wonderful celebration of independence and self-confidence.”


Jay Leno Joins Protest Outside Beverly Hills Hotel Against Brunei's Anti-Gay 'Death by Stoning' Law: VIDEO

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A major protest was held on Monday outside the Beverly Hills Hotel in support of what's become a very large boycott against Dorchester Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei, over his implementation of an anti-gay law which punishes homosexual acts with death by stoning.

Jay Leno was among the celebrities attending the demonstration, Variety reports:

“What year is this? 1814? Come on people, it’s 2014,” said Jay Leno, before some four dozen protesters with banners directed at the Sultan, including one that read, “Seriously, dude?”

“Evil flourishes when good people do nothing, and that is pretty much what this is,” Leno said at the rally, adding that the issue should hardly be divisive but was a matter of “common sense.”

The paper adds:

At the rally speakers that condemned the Sultan included Leno, wife Mavis, the Feminist Majority’s Kathy Spiller and Eleanor Smeal, labor activist Dolores Huerta and Lorri Jean of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. The event was held at Will Rogers Park, just across the street from the hotel, with speakers set up before a bank of a dozen news cameras and with the hotel’s iconic logo as a backdrop.

Jean denounced religion as a justification for violence abroad and here in the U.S.

Watch her fiery speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Other high-profile figures and organizations boycotting the hotel chain are Sir Richard Branson, actor Stephen Fry, designers Peter Som and Brian Atwood , Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, director William Friedkin, and the Outgiving conference.

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