LA Blade - “You’re here to look fabulous, donate some money, and have a really good time,” shouted emcee and drag performer Ryan Ong Paolo, more popularly known as Ongina, as she implored all the guests to take out their phones and text in donations.

The August 5 DTLA Proud Gala brought 300 people to the Otium in Downtown Los Angeles, selling out for the first time. This year’s gala was not just a general fundraiser, it also helped raise funds for a new LGBTQ community center located Downtown.



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