lgbtq community events

by scott leonard


The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) will present a virtual

broadcast on World AIDS Day, Tuesday, December 1. The evening event will be supported by presenting sponsor Gilead Sciences and diamond sponsor BVLGARI. The one-hour broadcast will be filled with friends of Elizabeth


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 28th annual Models of Pride conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies 24 years and younger will be streamed live globally over the course of two days, Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15. This year’s theme is “Fierce, Fabulous, Free.” As the world’s largest free conference of its kind, Models of Pride

offers a half-day of life-enriching programming designed to help young people build confidence and self-esteem and develop valuable life skills. Organized by the Center’s Youth Development program, the day includes more than 25 workshops and presentations culminating with the always-anticipated Entertainment Hour. This year’s opening session, hosted by award-winning YouTube per- sonality MacDoesIt, will include a performance by America’s Got Talent Season 15 semifinalist Celina Graves and appearances by Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins, activist and actress Blossom C. Brown, and Pulse Nightclub survivor and activist Brandon Wolf. Trans actress, host and singer Roxy Wood will emcee the Entertain-

ment Hour. Performers will include Matthew “Poki” McCorkle, hoop illusions, balance acts, mime and magic; comedian and drag performer Greasy Bouffanti; American Idol Season 14 finalist Rayvon Owen; multitalented instrumentalist and hip-hop artist Mike Xavier; music artist and songwriter Tish Hyman; and Jessica Lanyadoo, book author, astrologer and psychic medium, and podcast host. In addition to the youth-only sessions, parents, caregivers, educators, social service providers and other youth-serving professionals are offered free online workshops tailored to their roles and interests to better serve LGBTQ youth. Known as the Parent & Professional Institute, this programming for adults will feature workshops covering topics ranging from faith and family to supporting transgender youth. Some workshops will be offered in Spanish.

14 November 2020

Taylor and her namesake foundation with messages to remember her courage, and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments in the care for people living with or at risk for HIV. The evening will reflect Taylor’s vision of an AIDS-free world, with moving messages about the nearly 40-year fight against AIDS, a performance by Vanessa Williams, and an auction in partnership with Christie’s. Supermodel turned super mogul Kathy Ireland, ETAF ambassador and one of Elizabeth’s dearest friends, will host the broadcast. Cookie and Earvin “Magic” Johnson will present the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award to Gilead Sciences for their global leadership in HIV treatment and prevention. Through their innovation and medical advances, countless lives are being saved, and many more people have avoided contracting HIV. With an optional VIP pre-show event hosted by fashion designer and

cookbook author Zac Posen, this one-hour event will provide a time for us to reflect on our achievements, but more importantly, the work yet to be done. The host committee includes former President Bill Clinton, Dr.

Gabriel Chiu and Christine Chiu, Colin Farrell, Aileen Getty, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Elizabeth Segerstrom and Barbra Streisand.

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