On September 21st, the Los Angeles LGBT Center hosted a once-in-a-lifetime evening celebrating its momentous 50th anniversary and five decades of the fight for LGBT equality. Dubbed the Gold Anniversary Vanguard Celebration, the incredible evening began with an elegant dinner among friends and supporters followed by a star-studded Hearts of Gold concert and multimedia show at the Greek Theatre saluting a half-century of struggles and historic victories of the Center and the entire LGBT community.
Judging from the photos, LP performed at the Dinner, prior to the concert that took place at the main stage of the Greek Theatre. The Center’s Gold Anniversary Vanguard Celebration’s sit-down dinner brought together more than 1,000 of the region’s most important leaders and influencers in the civic, corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic communities to celebrate the achievements of the world’s largest LGBT organization over the past 50 years.
In the main concert, artists that performed included: pop icon Sia; singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright; Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and activist Lily Tomlin; two-time Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda; two-time Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian and activist Kathy Griffin; actress, author, and activist Jenifer Lewis; Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning country artist Ty Herndon; comedian Tig Notaro; actor and comedian Nico Santos; and comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch.
Before the event, Lorri L. Jean – an LGBT rights activist and the current CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center said:
This will be a show unlike any other, telling the story of the Center and the LGBT movement with pride, passion, and humor. Our 50th anniversary is a historic milestone in the movement for equality and justice. Join us for this singular night of storytelling, music, and entertainment that promises to be a joyous and powerful celebration of our past achievements and future vision.
About the Los Angeles LGBT Center:
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center’s nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
photo courtesy of Tish Martinez (@ouitrvl_), shared via Instagram
For photographic coverage, click here. I will update this post if more info will be shared. I had no prior knowledge about LP’s involvement in this celebration, hence no info in the calendar.