Leadership LAB

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 data. 

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 and Maryland.

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. 





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Leadership LAB

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

(323) 860-7348



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 movement.

 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.


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