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LA LGBT Center's 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards – 9/24


Los Angeles LGBT Center Expands Gala into Three Day Celebration Presented by HBO 


Tickets and Weekend Passes Now Available at 

WHAT:                 The Los Angeles LGBT Center is thrilled to announce major changes to the 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. For the first time, the Gala will take place at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood as part of a three day celebration including a Launch Party at Hamilton-Selway Fine Art and a Brunch at The Abbey in West Hollywood.


One of the nation’s premier LGBT charity events, the Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards will bring together more than 1,200 of the region’s most important leaders in the civic, corporate, entertainment and philanthropic communities to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, while celebrating inspirational honorees who exemplify courage, compassion, and a relentless tenacity for creating positive change in the world. The evening also features an extensive silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.

This year’s honorees will be announced in the coming weeks. Past honorees include the late Senator Edward Kennedy, Sir Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda; presenters have included Elizabeth Taylor, Tipper Gore, Shirley MacLaine, Nathan Lane, and a host of other leading figures.

Gala tickets and weekend passes to attend all of the events are available at To request media credentials, please let us know by Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 5:00 PM PT. 

WHEN:                 Saturday, September 24, 2016


47th Anniversary Vanguard Awards Gala

                               7:15 – 8:30pm    Red Carpet Arrivals


8:45 – 10:45pm  Alumni Medal Presentation and Tribute Show    

WHERE:               Pacific Design Center


8687 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90067 

MORE:                  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 more than 500 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 can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at

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