Gay & Lesbian Center Is Still Going Strong

I'd like to commend you for the insightful article "A Guide to Where L.A.'s Gays Came of Age" (July 8). It offers a snapshot of the significant contributions the diverse and vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has made to Los Angeles and the civil rights movement.

While I was glad to see that the article mentioned the location where the first gay and lesbian community center was founded, I want to reassure Angelenos that it still continues to serve the community 30 years later.

Today, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is the world's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization with a budget of $37 million and a wide variety of free or low-cost health, legal, employment, educational, cultural and social programs. Each year we received nearly a quarter million visits from ethnically diverse youth and adults. Thousands more access information through our Web site at http://www.laglc.org. We are proud of our place in Los Angeles' history and look forward to our future together.

GWENN A. BALDWIN

Executive director L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

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