Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host Groundbreaking Conference for LGBT Widows and Widowers on February 29 with Renowned Designer, Author, Advocate Nate Berkus to Give Keynote Address - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host Groundbreaking Conference for LGBT Widows and Widowers on February 29 with Renowned Designer, Author, Advocate Nate Berkus to Give Keynote Address

January 30, 2020
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

On Saturday, February 29, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host an innovative conference known as Camp Widow to serve members of the LGBT community who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The highly anticipated daylong event, to be held at the Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus, will feature workshops, discussions, and practical tools and resources produced by nonprofit organization Soaring Spirits International.

“Before marriage equality, many LGBT couples kept their relationships hidden as they endured discrimination and experienced the stigma associated with the AIDS crisis, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Senior Services Kiera Pollock, M.S.W. “What Camp Widow will bring to the Center is the validation that all widows and widowers matter, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone who has lost a partner, spouse, or significant other deserve to have a community of support to grieve—and then thrive.”

Award-winning designer, author, and advocate Nate Berkus is the keynote speaker. In 2004 Nate’s partner Fernando Bengoechea was swept away by a catastrophic tsunami in Sri Lanka during the couple’s trip. According to news reports, the tsunami, which also devastated parts of Thailand and Indonesia, killed hundreds of thousands of people—many of them still missing.

“I’m so pleased to be a part of the LGBT Camp Widow event this year. Losing someone you share your life with changes you forever, and I know firsthand how difficult that can be,” said Berkus. “I feel privileged to be sharing my experience and personal journey at this year’s conference.”

For more information or to register for Camp Widow, visit campwidow.org/camp/los-angeles.

For more information about the Center’s Senior Services, visit lalgbtcenter.org/seniors.

WHAT:
Camp Widow Los Angeles
Co-hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, this daylong conference serves members of the LGBT community who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The innovative event features workshops, discussions, and vital resources to address the unique needs of LGBT widows and widowers.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 29
7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Anita May Rosenstein Campus
1118 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles 90038

NOTE: With limited underground parking at the Anita May Rosenstein Campus, please allow extra time to find street parking or consider using a ride share service or public transportation.

COST:
$50.00 (Lunch included)

Financial assistance may be provided to income-qualified attendees.

To register, visit campwidow.org/camp/los-angeles

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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