Revolution by Example: 50 Years of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

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.

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist; and an outspoken advocate for equality in business and government, as well as neutrality in news media.

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