labladeLA Blade | Troy Masters - Energy and smarts are the first things you notice about Hay, 20, who had fun explaining his gender.
“I’m male but some of my friends be like, ‘girl,’ so I don’t really conform,” he says as he plopped down, lit a cigarette and showed off his green fingernails. “I need a manicure.”

Hay, like several of the 30 or so LGBT youth living on a sun-blistered sidewalk, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard, aged out of the foster care system and instantly wound up on the streets.

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Emotions were running deep in the courtyard of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza the evening President Donald Trump tweeted his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the US military.

“I’m just sickened by the whole thing,” said Deb Smith, the openly gay principal at Daniel Pearl Magnet School in Los Angeles. She was one of more than 100 people who attended the Center’s hastily-planned community gathering where people recorded video messages to transgender service members and wrote messages of opposition to the policy change to elected officials.

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glitter runThe WALL fitness studio will be a lot more colorful this weekend.

The popular Sunset Boulevard studio is promoting the Center’s upcoming Glitter Run in a unique and dazzling way.

“We are going to have the entire weekend sparkly and glitter-filled,” said founder Jason Wimberly. “My store is very gray and black and white and it will be fun to get it dressed up. We are encouraging everyone to get dressed up sparkly or in neon. Anything colorful.”

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laglcOwnership of the popular internet domain Gay.com has been transferred to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The domain, estimated to be worth millions of dollars, was most recently an online hub for LGBT people looking for a community. It will now direct people to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s newly launched blog, Vanguard.

This change is being made possible through a generous donation by VS Media and its flagship live cam site, Flirt4Free.

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laglcThe Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Young Professionals Council (YPC) will host a panel discussion featuring some of your favorite drag superstars for a fascinating discussion on the business of drag on Tuesday, August 15. Moderated by YPC member and celebrity fitness trainer Jason Wimberly, the free forum YPC: Queens will include Sasha Colby, Gia Gunn, Katya, Rhea Litre, Mayhem Miller, and Shokra who will discuss what it takes to step into the heels of a drag superstar.

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