Los Angeles LGBT Center's Statement in Support of Bienestar Staff - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center's Statement in Support of Bienestar Staff

August 26, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

In response to the hate violence and physical mistreatment experienced by transgender and gay staff members from Bienestar at Las Perlas bar, Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement:

“The Los Angeles LGBT Center condemns the violent treatment of trans women at Las Perlas this weekend and stands in solidarity with the trans community, and particularly Bienestar, whose staff members were the targets of this violence.

"Far too often, trans women of color are the victims of violence. The incident this weekend shows that it is still acceptable, even in public spaces, to deny the humanity of trans people. Each of us has a responsibility to demand that the places we patronize treat our transgender friends, colleagues and family members with dignity and respect.”

Any victims of such violence are encouraged to contact the Center’s Anti-Violence Program, which provides comprehensive and holistic services for survivors of violence, hate crimes and discrimination. Call us for support at 323-993-7673 or Trans Wellness Center at 323-993-2900.

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. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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