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; and Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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.org/CenterSouth

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.

WHAT:
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.

WHEN:
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

WHO:
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
Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Councilmember - District 8

Additional speakers to be announced

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

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