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Gay & Lesbian Center Expands HIV Testing in WeHo During Construction

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The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center—a leading provider of medical services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community—is remodeling the third floor of its McDonald/Wright headquarters building in Hollywood, including the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic, to meet the increased demand for its leading-edge medical services.

While construction is taking place, the reception area for the Goodman Clinic and medical services, including HIV/STD testing, will be temporarily relocated from the third to the first floor. HIV/STD testing capacity will also be reduced, so the Center encourages people to schedule a free appointment or make a walk-in visit to The Spot in West Hollywood, near the public library, which has extended its hours and has additional staff to meet the demand.

Free, rapid testing at the McDonald/Wright building is available Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; call 323-860-5855 to schedule an appointment or to learn the approximate wait time for walk-in visits at both facilities. Testing hours at The Spot are Monday – Friday, noon – 8 p.m. (except the first Friday of the month when it closes at 3 p.m.) Both facilities offer free, validated parking. The parking lot for the McDonald/Wright building is next to the Center and the parking lot for The Spot is at the West Hollywood City Parking Garage, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (next to the new library).

The Center is one of the few organizations that offers a free advanced test for HIV that can detect infection as early as seven days after infection. Both Center facilities also offer free screenings for the most common STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Those who test positive for any of the infections can be quickly referred to a Center medical provider for treatment.

When renovations of the Goodman Clinic and medical facilities are finished, the Center will have added four exam rooms, enlarged the waiting room and added space for additional staff, allowing for thousands of additional medical visits each year.

“More people than ever before are turning to us in need—and we don’t want to turn away a single person in need,” says Christopher Brown, Director of Health and Mental Health Services at the Center. “There will be some short-term inconveniences now, but we’ll be providing the same high-quality care as always. And in the long run, these changes will mean we can do even more to care for the health and well-being of the community.”

Brown, who joined the Center this year, oversees the Center’s growing health, medical and mental health services, leading a team of more than 125 doctors, nurses, therapists, administrators and others. The Center offers leading-edge free and low-cost medical care, including HIV specialty care, transgender specialty care, and primary care for the entire LGBT community, regardless of HIV status.

Testing Locations & Hours

The Spot
745 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hours: Noon- 8 p.m.*, Monday- Friday**
(*For STD testing only, please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing)
(**Except the first Friday of the month, when The Spot closes at 3 p.m.)

Testing is available on a walk-in basis only. STD treatment is by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. To make an appointment for STD treatment, call 323-993-7440. Free validated parking is available at the West Hollywood City Parking Garage, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (next to the new library).

McDonald/Wright Building
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday

Testing is available on a walk-in basis, or you can make an appointment for testing or STD treatment by calling 323-860-5855 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free validated parking is available at the lot next to the building.

For more information about getting tested at the Center, visit freetesting.org or call 323-860-5855.

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The Chapel at The Abbey Offer LGBTQ Lineup Weekends

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Weekends at The Chapel at The Abbey in West Hollywood have gotten a bit more inclusive and representative of the people in the LGBTQ community. 

Beginning on Thursday, March 5 9pm-2am and Friday, March 6 9pm-2am, The Chapel is launching the grand opening of Altargirl Thursdays and CLSQ Fridays.  Altargirl Thursdays, created by Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans’ Girl Bar of 30 years remains one of the few and longest running lesbian parties in the city. 

CLSQ Fridays pronounced “classic”, created by Brandon Anthony of B.A.S.H. LA, caters to the modern alternative and upscale urban contemporary people of color LGBTQ audience.

The first weekend in March at The Chapel closes out with Heavenly Bodies monthly party on Sunday, March 8 from 10pm-2am, an evening celebrating and supporting the transgender and queer community created by trans activist and model Sasha Colby. 

While identities and definitions of LGBTQ shift and change, The Chapel at The Abbey remains dedicated to being a safe space where everyone is welcomed offering some of the best night parties in town to represent all members of the LGBTQ community.

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L.A., WeHo Provide Support for Local Transgender Initiatives

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Jazzmun Nichcalo Crayton, Karina Samala, chair of the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, and APAIT Division Director Jury Candelario attended a ribbon cutting for the first publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in the county last November. (photo cred: APAIT)

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — On Feb. 18, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to allocate $180,000 for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team to run the Midnight Stroll and After Hours Café program, which offers services for the transgender community.

“This funding for the Midnight Stroll will help secure emergency shelter beds and provide critical resources to help improve the lives of transgender individuals experiencing homelessness in Hollywood and other parts of the city,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, where the program is operated.

Midnight Stroll enlists volunteers twice a month to walk Santa Monica Boulevard at night and provide food, water and clothing vouchers to transgender women experiencing homelessness or domestic violence or participating in survival sex work.

Volunteers also promote HIV testing and other services and on occasion […]

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LA LGBT Senior Services Affordable Housing Event -Feb 21

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PLUMMER PARK — The Los Angeles LGBT Center has a new development in senior housing, and are offering info and answering questions about 98 new affordable and accessible units -tomorrow at Plummer Park. The development, located at 1127 N Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90038, will be open in fall 2020, brought to us in part by Thomas Safran and Associates.

The Center’s case managers are experts at helping seniors navigate the complex world of Social Security, Medicare, affordable housing, and more. Please join them and learn about how to grab one of these apartments and what what services they offer for veteran and disabled community members.

Applications will be available Feb. 26-March 4.

More information about the housing at mccaddencampus.com

RSVP for Senior Services events through the Senior Services Portal (seniors.lalgbtcenter.org).

The Center’s website states “The LGBT Center is a safe and welcoming place where individuals of all ages can find help, as well as hope and support, when they need it the most…From housing homeless youth to providing affordable housing for seniors—and from helping transgender people find employment to providing legal support for asylum seekers—no organization serves more LGBT people than the Center.”

Check their calendar for upcoming activities and events that include:

  • Health and wellness programs
  • Enrichment classes (computer, writing, dancing, acting, photograph, etc.)
  • Monthly dinners and social networking opportunities
  • Cultural excursions (theater, opera, museums, etc.)
  • Educational seminars and workshop
  • Senior-Youth Photo Project
  • Senior-Youth Dinners

More info about the center at lalgbtcenter.org

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