In 1971, with $35 in the bank, the all-volunteer Los Angeles LGBT Center first opened its doors as the Gay Community Services Center. The mantra of the LGBTQ community was not just to be accepted, but rather to change the world into one of equality for themselves and everyone.
It opened LGBT housing and the first lesbian health clinic. It became the first LGBTQ center to receive tax-exemption status and funding from the Federal government. It was the first organization in the nation to establish HIV testing centers, even as the Reagan Administration turned its back on recognizing the epidemic. It is the Los Angeles LGBT Center and this is its story.