Los Angeles LGBT Center Invites the Community to Celebrate the Star-Studded Grand Opening of Revolutionary Anita May Rosenstein Campus Hosts
Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, Wilson Cruz, Betty Who, Shangela, Nikita Dragun, Justin Tranter, Parson James, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Trans Chorus of LA, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and More to Participate in All-Day Festivities Commemorating New Intergenerational Campus
LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2019—More than 80 celebrities, dignitaries, influencers, and performers are scheduled to participate in the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s grand opening community celebration of the unprecedented Anita May Rosenstein Campus on Sunday, April 7, to which the public is invited.
The free all-day festivities include a ribbon cutting, entertainment, and self-guided tours of the two-acre complex, which broke ground two years ago and opens just in time for the Center’s 50th anniversary.
With 100 beds for homeless youth, a new Senior Community Center, Youth Drop-In Center and Youth Academy, as well as expanded programming, administrative space, and more, the Campus will enable a dramatic expansion of intergenerational services. The Campus will also serve as the Center’s flagship facility, with its current headquarters (located at the four-story McDonald/Wright Building) being transformed entirely into an LGBT health center.
Updated today, the special guests scheduled to attend, speak, or perform include Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie);Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-List); U.S. Representative Adam Schiff; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Justin Tranter; Betty Who; Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery); Alexandra Billings (Transparent); Lisa Vanderpump(Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Brian Justin Crum (America’s Got Talent); Nikita Dragun; Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnREAL); Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow); Lala Kent (Vanderpump Rules); Shira Lazar (What’s Trending);Trans Chorus of LA; Parson James; Frankie Grande; Sam Tsui; Gizzle; VINCINT; Alyson Stoner; Ashly Perez; Eugene Lee Yang; Mark Kanemura (So You Think You Can Dance); and DJ Ryan Kenney. Shangela(RuPaul’s Drag Race, A Star Is Born) is the ceremony’s emcee.
Envisioned by the Center more than a decade ago, the sprawling Campus was brought to fruition by more than 305 capital campaign donors, including the $8 million lead gift by Anita May Rosenstein and her family foundations. Design Architects were Leong Leong and Killefer Flammang Architects. Executive Architects were Killefer Flammang Architects. Swinerton Builders were the contractor. Phase II of the Campus—scheduled to open in early 2020—will include 99 units of affordable housing for seniors and 25 supportive housing apartments for youth.
Due to the huge attendance expected at the celebration, visitors and guests are highly encouraged to use public transportation or a rideshare service. There will be no parking provided on site. Street parking only, where available, in the surrounding area.
Anita May Rosenstein Campus Grand Opening Community Celebration
Join the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a free daylong block party commemorating its newest facility which offers comprehensive intergenerational services and spans nearly one full city block in the heart of Hollywood. Located directly across the street from the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, the revolutionary Campus stands as a beacon of hope for the LGBT community in Los Angeles and beyond.
Sunday, April 7
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Media Check-In
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Red Carpet Interviews
11 a.m. Gates open to the public
12 p.m. Ribbon cutting
Shangela, RuPaul’s Drag Race, A Star Is Born
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Lorri L. Jean, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO
David Bailey, Capital Campaign Chair and Center Board of Directors Co-Chair
Anita May Rosenstein, Philanthropist and lead donor
Adam Schiff, United States Representative
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
David Ryu, Los Angeles Councilmember
Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Alexandra Billings, Transparent
Brian Justin Crum, America’s Got Talent
The Denise Fraser Band
DJ Ryan Kenney
Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
Willam Belli, RuPaul’s Drag Race, A Star Is Born
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, UnREAL
Wilson Cruz, Star Trek: Discovery
Kathy Griffin, My Life on the D-List
Mark Kanemura, So You Think You Can Dance
Lala Kent, Vanderpump Rules
Shira Lazar, What’s Trending
Bex Taylor-Klaus, Arrow
Lisa Vanderpump, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Eugene Lee Yang
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Anita May Rosenstein Campus
1118 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
NOTE: The 1100 block of N. McCadden Place will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, from 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, to midnight on Monday, April 8. There will be no parking provided on site. Street parking only, where available, in the surrounding area. Visitors and guests are highly encouraged to use public transportation or a rideshare service.
For the latest news and updates about the event, visit lalgbtcenter.org/opening and follow @lalgbtcenter on social media.
About the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center’s nearly 700 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 lalgbtcenter.org.