Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Statement on Caitlyn Jenner’s Visit to the Center’s Youth Center on Highland - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Statement on Caitlyn Jenner’s Visit to the Center’s Youth Center on Highland

June 10, 2015
Contact: Gil Diaz

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following statement today regarding Caitlyn Jenner’s visit to the Center’s Youth Center on Highland.

“Caitlyn Jenner visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center on Highland on Tuesday, June 9. Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings and Director of Children, Youth & Family Services Curt Shepard toured the facility with Jenner. Open 365 days a year, our Youth Center includes an emergency shelter for youth currently experiencing homelessness as well as case management support, three meals a day, clothing and laundry facilities, support groups, a charter high school, GED and college prep programs, job training and placement services, and additional youth-focused programs.

Each night, 40 percent of the 6,000 homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles identify as LGBTQ. Last year the Center served more than 81,400 meals and provided more than 23,000 bed nights to these most vulnerable members of our community. Jenner’s visit also included roundtable and one-on-one discussions with current and former clients, including some from LifeWorks, the Center’s youth development and mentoring program.

Jenner also spoke with the program manager for the Center's Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, which helps transgender women and men, who experience unemployment at twice the rate of the national population, develop professional skills, find employment with trans-friendly employers, and thrive in the workplace. The Center’s leader for transgender support groups also joined the discussion. She also dropped off a donation to the Center’s clothes closet, which youth can access for clean, gently-used clothing."

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