The Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrated its 50th anniversary and five decades of the fight for LGBT equality with two celebrations on Sept. 21.
The festivities kicked off with the Gold Anniversary Vanguard Celebration, an elegant dinner among friends and supporters, followed by a Hearts of Gold concert and multimedia show with a rainbow carpet arrivals line starring Sia, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Karamo Brown and Bobby Berk of “Queer Eye,” Melissa Etheridge and more at the Greek Theatre.
The A-list entertainment included performers Sia (pop icon), Wainwright (singer-songwriter/composer), Ty Herndon (country artist), Jenifer Lewis (actress, “Black-ish”), Valentina (“RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars,” FOX’s “Rent: Live”), Thelma Houston (singer/actor) and Etheridge. Presenters included Tomlin (actor/activist, “Grace and Frankie”), Fonda (actor/activist, “Grace and Frankie”), Kathy Griffin (comedian/activist), Frankie Grander (dancer/YouTube personality), Brown (“Queer Eye), Hayley Kiyoko (recording artist), Nico Santos (actor/comedian, “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Superstore”), Zeke Smith (“Survivor”), Tig Notaro (comedian), Bruce Vilanch (comedian/writer), the cast of “Good Trouble” and pre-produced segment with Margaret Cho (comedian).
Before the concert, over 1,000 of the region’s most important leaders and influences in the civic, corporate, entertainment and philanthropic communities attended the Gold Anniversary Vanguard Celebration sit-down dinner to celebrate the center’s achievements over the past 50 years. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a live auction, performance by recording artist LP and remarks by Griffin, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean.
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