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Community Invited to Celebrate Grand Opening of LGBT Center South



LOS ANGELES — On the heels of its momentous 50th anniversary, the Los Angeles LGBT Center rings in the new year with the grand opening of its newest facility in the Leimert Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Saturday, January 11, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

The 5,500-square-foot community space, to be known as Center South, is located at 2313 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and will include HIV testing; access to PrEP and PEP services; housing case management; mental health services; a computer lab; drop-in safe space; and more.

With grant support from Los Angeles County, Center South earmarks the Center’s first-ever expansion into the South Los Angeles neighborhood and long-term commitment to care for LGBT people living throughout the city.

Additionally, Center South is made possible by four local organizations—Bienestar Human Services, Black AIDS Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and The Wall Las Memorias Project—that have joined forces with the Center to address the societal and health needs of LGBT people of color living in South Los Angeles.

“Thanks to our coalition of four partners and Los Angeles County, Center South will be a welcoming space for those who seek essential services and compassionate care so that they may thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “As part of the South Los Angeles community, we will be able to expand on our 50-year-plus history of caring for the LGBT community throughout Los Angeles.”

All of Center South’s programs and services will be provided for free or at low cost to everyone, with a focus on serving the needs of young gay and bisexual men of color ages 12 to 29. According to the 2017 Los Angeles County Annual HIV Surveillance Report, South Los Angeles had the second highest rate of HIV diagnoses in the county. The rate continues to rise among young Black and Latino gay and bisexual men.

Scheduled to speak at the ceremony are Center CEO Lorri L. Jean and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director – Division of HIV and STD Programs Mario J. Pérez. More speakers to be announced soon.

Following the ceremony, the community is invited to take self-guided tours of Center South and participate in the daylong celebration which will include food, giveaways, a resource fair, and entertainment. RSVP for the free event at lalgbtcenter.

Due to the large attendance expected at the celebration, guests are highly encouraged to use public transportation or a rideshare service. Street parking only, where available. There will be no parking provided on site.

Grand Opening Community Celebration of Center South
Join the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a daylong festivity commemorating its newest facility which will offer comprehensive programs and services to LGBT residents in South Los Angeles.

Saturday, January 11 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Event Schedule:
11 a.m.:  Doors open and media check-in
11:30 a.m.:  Remarks and ribbon cutting ceremony
12–3 p.m.: Community celebration and self-guided tours

Lorri L. Jean, CEO, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Mario J. Pérez, Director – Division of HIV and STD Programs, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Additional speakers to be announced

Los Angeles LGBT Center
Center South
2313 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Los Angeles 90008

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WeHo Calendar: Changes to City’s Upcoming Scheduled Events



photo by Kimberly Farmer

WEST HOLLYWOOD– The city has announced that due to safety concerns, a number of events sponsored by WeHo will be cancelled until further notice. The City urges people to practice social distancing as much as possible, keeping exposure to crowds to a minimum.

Sunday, March 15

2:00 PM (Cancelled) NOW- Hollywood Chapter presents ‘The TransVagina Diaries’ by Lindsey Deaton

2:00 PM (Cancelled) REVIVING THE REVOLUTION: Empowered Lesbians and Queer Women of Color Read and Discuss Their Written Works

Monday, March 16

9:00 AM (Cancelled) Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market

6:30 PM City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 17

6:30 PM (Cancelled) 5th Annual Hollywood NOW Herstory Awards & Reception

7:00 PM (Cancelled) Russian Advisory Board

Wednesday, March 18

6:00 PM (Cancelled) Wednesday Night Social Club

6:30 PM (Cancelled) Transportation Commission

Thursday, March 19

2:00 PM (Cancelled) beWellWeHo: UCLA Memory Training

5:00 PM (Cancelled) Urban Art Subcommittee Meeting

5:30 PM (Cancelled) Long Range Planning Projects Subcommittee – Special Meeting

6:30 PM Planning Commission – Special Meeting

Friday, March 20

No events scheduled

Saturday, March 21

9:00 AM (Cancelled) Annual Arbor Day Celebration

11:30 AM (Cancelled) “Play Ball” Skills Clinics and Home Run Derby

For a look at the entire month visit our website calendar.

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WeHo JFS Service Changes For Seniors and Others Due to Virus



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well being to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The City is getting the word out about updates regarding services for seniors at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park and services available from Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS)

  • JFS has immediately cancelled all activities at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park until April 10, 2020 as a precaution to safeguard health and safety and JFS will make assessments as the situation evolves;
  • The JFS meal site will provide a frozen meal for each client coming to its meal sites on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and the organization anticipates providing additional meals for clients in order to minimize client contact and support recommendations for social distancing;
  • Additionally, SOVA, the JFS food pantry, located on Pico and Robertson Boulevards, continues to remain open for community members.

The JFS West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center remains a vital resource for seniors and people with disabilities and it will continue to be operational at this time. Operated by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), funded in large part by the City of West Hollywood, and located in the community center at Plummer Park, the Center is a one-stop source of support and assistance.

In response to concerns about coronavirus, JFS requests that community members contact the Center by phone instead of in person. Currently, case managers are reaching out to connect with clients and assess needs. For more information, please call (323) 851-8202.

For additional information about social services in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6510.

The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website at The City is updating its calendar and information will be available at

For updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about Coronavirus, please visit

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Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation – Mar 24



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation is an active on-going program for residents.

It offers activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood community.

Refreshments will be served. Presented by the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board.

Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not necessary.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6403 or or Valentina Aleksandrova at (323) 876-1717 or

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