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Our Vision

More than 50 years ago, a group of queer activists came together to share a dream. After fighting for equality in protests, demonstrations, and parades, they wondered: What if we created the world we’ve been waiting for?

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So they launched Liberation House—a shelter that provided a safe space for LGBTQ+ people. But as demand from the community grew, so did the dream. And now, decades later, we’ve gone from one tiny home to becoming the Los Angeles LGBT Center: the largest LGBTQ+ organization in the world.

We’re the fulfillment of their dream, innovating a holistic model of care that houses, nourishes, heals, and celebrates our people. Every single day, our doors are open—whether you’re a youth who needs a place to belong, or a senior who’s ready to live life fabulously. Then, we take what we learn on the frontlines to advocate for our community everywhere.

No matter what fight lies ahead—and we know, it’s going to be a tough one—we can always call upon our radical roots to hold us firm. Our founders’ dreams planted the seeds, and we stand among their flowers. Because everyone deserves to bloom, to shine, to love, and to live freely. That’s why we’ll always be here: to fight like hell for our right to do just that.

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Our Mission

Since 1969, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQ individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond.

Today, the Center’s nearly 800 employees provide services for more queer and trans 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, and 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 LGBTQ people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society.

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Our founders’ dreams planted the seeds—
and we stand among their flowers.

Our Values


We provide a workplace and service environment where individuality is seen as strength and all people are treated with fairness and dignity.


We dedicate ourselves to the highest quality in all our programs and services, and seek employees, volunteers, and supporters who have a passion for helping others.


We believe in the need for different perspectives and commit ourselves to representation from all members of our diverse community.


We vigorously support pioneering programs and advocacy to meet community needs.


We work together to advance the Center's mission, and we honor and apply these values in what we do and say.

Our Reach

World's Largest LGBTQ+ Nonprofit and Direct Service Provider
50+ Years of Service
500,000+ Visits to the Center Per Year
800 Team Members
10 Locations

Our Recognition

We Pride Ourselves on Standing Out. Just Like You.

Guidestar Seal of Transparency Silver Medal

Silver Seal of Transparency

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Charity Navigator
Highest rating awarded for 11 consecutive years

Learn More About Our Services

Medical Services
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Youth Services
Senior Services
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