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Emmy-winning stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and his partner, actor and chef David Burtka, will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

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Harris and Burtka are steadfast supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, including the Center. They’ve given generously to help LifeWorks, the Center’s youth development and mentoring program, thrive.

The two have been out publicly for years, and as the proud fathers of twins they’re the perfect pair to join the Center in celebrating “40 Years of Family” at the gala.

“We’re honored to be a part of this important celebration for the Center, which offers so many important services to LGBT youth and LGBT-parented families like ours,” Harris says. “The gala raises thousands of dollars to support services like meals and housing for homeless youth, a charter school for young people bullied and harassed in traditional schools, mentoring services and much more.”

“As a couple, Neil and David are respected and loved by the LGBT community,” says Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “They are role models to many, especially our youth, for how to live openly, with honesty and integrity. And with their support over the years for many LGBT services organizations, they exemplify the Center’s mission of empowering, healing, advocating and leading in the LGBT community.”

One of the premier events for the LGBT community of Los Angeles, the gala begins with a chic cocktail reception and large silent auction featuring travel and dining packages and much more, followed by dinner and fabulous entertainment (with details to come soon at

The gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. The cocktail reception is at 6 p.m. with entertainment to follow at 8 p.m.  Tickets for the gala are $300 for general admission or $400 for a VIP ticket. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, go to

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