Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host Community Wellness Celebration in South Los Angeles on December 6 in Honor of World AIDS Day - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host Community Wellness Celebration in South Los Angeles on December 6 in Honor of World AIDS Day

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

*UPDATE: DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER EXPECTED, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.*

Held during the week of World AIDS Day (December 1), the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host a community wellness celebration in South Los Angeles on Friday, December 6, at Leimert Park Plaza from 3–9 p.m. in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Watts Healthcare, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and 30 additional local service agencies. The full-day event, known as South LA Connects, will provide HIV and STI testings; resources and information about local programs and services related to mental health, medical, housing, employment, and food subsidies; free yoga and Zumba sessions; and more.

A live music concert featuring local artists will begin at 6 p.m.

“We are thrilled to partner with other local agencies and organizations serving South Los Angeles for this day of community, celebration, and education. South Los Angeles is home to two of the most vulnerable populations at highest risk for contracting HIV. If the transmission rates don’t change, one in two Black gay and bisexual men—as well as one in four Latino gay and bi men—will test positive for the disease sometime in their lives,” said Blair Ralston, program coordinator of the Center’s Community Health Programs. “We must tackle the rising number of HIV incidences with education and compassion.”

South LA Connects also serves as a kickoff to the Center’s future presence in the area. In partnership with the Department of HIV and STI Programs (DHSP), the Center will open a community space located near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 2nd Avenue. The new facility, to be known as Center South, will include a drop-in space, provide social support and mental health services, and more. The grand opening of Center South is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020. Additional details about the grand opening coming soon.

WHAT:
South LA Connects–In Honor of World AIDS Day
A community wellness expo featuring HIV and STI testings; employment, health, and wellness resources fair; free yoga and Zumba sessions; and a live music concert. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center in collaboration with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Watts Healthcare, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and 30 additional local service agencies.

WHEN:
Friday, December 6
3–5 p.m. KJLH Radio team with games, prizes, and giveaways
6–9 p.m. Live music concert

WHERE:
Leimert Park Plaza
4395 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles 90008

TICKETS:
FREE admission

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 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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