Los Angeles LGBT Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Expansion of Historic David Bohnett CyberCenter - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Expansion of Historic David Bohnett CyberCenter

November 15, 2018
Contact: Gil Diaz

The Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrated the 20th anniversary and expansion of its CyberCenter today, made possible by a David Bohnett Foundation grant totaling more than $29,000 that provided 15 new Lenovo ThinkCentre computers preloaded with Microsoft Office 2016 and a printer/scanner with which Center clients can network, communicate, and explore professional and educational opportunities.

The first CyberCenter opened its doors at the Center in 1998 (then known as the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center). The CyberCenter became an immediate hit and served as the model for similar facilities throughout the country. In addition to Los Angeles, there are currently 58 active CyberCenters funded nationwide, including those in San Francisco, New York City, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Tulsa, and Seattle. They serve as prime examples of the Foundation’s commitment to making leading-edge technology available to the traditionally underserved LGBT demographic.

“Whether it’s communicating with distant friends and family, connecting with community, or searching for a job, the David Bohnett CyberCenter is a lifeline for many LGBT people who can’t afford a computer or high-speed internet access. Nearly a quarter of LGBT seniors in Los Angeles, for example, live on less than $1,000 a month, and many transgender people remain in poverty because they experience an unemployment rate three times higher than the national average. These parts of our community—and many more—have benefited from the CyberCenter,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “Thank you to the David Bohnett Foundation for connecting LGBT people with the world for the past 20 years!”

The Center’s recent funding is part of a series of grants totaling $250,000 to CyberCenters across the country. The “refresh” program began in 2004 to keep the CyberCenters up to date. Every three to four years, each CyberCenter is supplied with brand new, state-of-the-art equipment. This year the Foundation is funding refresh grants to 15 locations.

“In establishing the CyberCenters, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett’s vision was to provide LGBT communities with a ‘wired’ hub through which its members could connect with each other and explore educational, professional, and recreational opportunities,” said Paul Moore, Director of Programs for the Bohnett Foundation. “We join with the Los Angeles LGBT Center today in celebrating the 20th anniversary and expansion of the first David Bohnett CyberCenter giving LGBT people of all ages quality internet access and providing a safe place to work and socialize.”

About the David Bohnett Foundation

Since 1999, the David Bohnett Foundation (bohnettfoundation.org) has improved society through social activism, providing funding, state-of-the-art technology and technical support to innovative organizations and institutions throughout the country. Grants totaling over $110 million to date have been given in several primary funding areas: The Fund for Los Angeles, supporting a broad spectrum of arts, educational and civic programs; LGBT-related causes; voting rights and registration initiatives; research and public policies to reduce the toll of firearm violence; and animal research and rights.

David Bohnett serves as chair of the David Bohnett Foundation as well as the head of the early stage technology fund, Baroda Ventures, and was the founder of GeoCities.com, an Internet based media and e-commerce company that was acquired by Yahoo! in 1999. His goals are improving lives, empowering individuals and building viable communities by connecting like-minded people in meaningful ways. Also central to Bohnett’s vision is a call to action to aspiring philanthropists to begin their giving by getting personally involved with causes with which they identify so that they can experience service first-hand.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 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. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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