The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's
leadership LAB (Learn, Act, Build) helps current and future LGBT
leaders and allies from across the country and around the globe develop
critical leadership skills. The aim is to prepare the next generation
of LGBT leaders to effectively advocate for equal rights, build strong
organizations, and fight anti-LGBT ballot measures.
Vote for Equality
Vote for Equality trains and mobilizes volunteers in Los Angeles to
increase support for marriage equality and other LGBT equality issues.
Supporters talk with a wide variety of people—particularly those who
voted against us on Prop 8—to gain insight into their concerns and to
persuade them to reconsider not only their views on same-sex marriage
but also their (frequently inaccurate) assumptions about LGBT people.
The insight has come from thousands of open-ended conversations at
doorsteps and countless time spent analyzing the collected
Its work constitutes a unique experiment in learning how we can reduce
and eliminate anti-gay prejudice.
For more information, and to see a schedule of upcoming actions, go to:
LGBT Mentoring Project
The LGBT Mentoring Project provides intensive, long-term, on-the-ground
support to state and local partners organizing for LGBT equality. It
became a program of the Center’s Leadership LAB in May 2010.
The LGBT Mentoring Project helps LGBT and allied leaders across the
country increase the effectiveness of their community organizing,
especially in places where ballot measures on LGBT issues could occur.
Recent training and mentoring sites have included Alaska, Ohio, Maine
One example of the Mentoring Project's work is its pivotal role in
passing transgender rights legislation in Cleveland. The project worked
with the organization Ask Cleveland as it built support for the
legislation through an unprecedented campaign that focused on building
a biracial coalition.
The foundation of Leadership Development is building
intentional relationships, providing continual support, engaging volunteers in
planning and evaluating, and providing multiple opportunities for leadership.
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program regularly hosts and trains up-and-coming
leaders and activists from China, where one of the program’s full-time
organizers is based. Since 2008, LGBT leaders from China have traveled
to the Center to learn invaluable skills and gain experience that will
serve them in their role at the vanguard of China's emerging LGBT
In 2010, the growing and evolving program, a partnership between the
Center and the Chinese organization Aibai, added a full-time staff
member in China: David Li, the first graduate of the program. Li
recruits candidates and works to support other program graduates as
they put their new knowledge to work.
The leadership development program will continue to expand its work
with LGBT leaders in Beijing and will bring to the U.S. a limited
number of highly capable international LGBT leaders.