The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosted An Evening with Women presented by Toyota Financial Services at the Hollywood Palladium. The annual gala featured musical performances by Macy Gray, James Blunt, and Tal Wilkenfeld along with a stand-up routine by comedian Fortune Feimster.
Lorri L. Jean (CEO, Los Angeles LGBT Center) and Pauley Perrette (NCIS) spoke at the sold-out event, which included red carpet arrivals, a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent & live auctions and more. Guests celebrated the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s mission of building a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society.
Celebrities, VIP guests and LGBT community supporters included Lance Bass (Recording Artist), Jessica Clark (Pocket Listing), Erika Ervin (American Horror Story), Susan Feniger (Chef / Los Angeles LGBT Center Board Member), Connor Franta (Entrepreneur/YouTube Personality), Daniel Franzese (Recovery Road), Sara Gilbert (The View), Camila Grey (Uh Huh Her), Ian Harvie (Mistresses), Lorri L. Jean (CEO, Los Angeles LGBT Center), Claude Morais (Designer, Wolk Morais), Madison Paige (Model), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Emily Robinson (Transparent), Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens), Kim Rocco Shields (Filmmaker), Alicia Silverstone (Catfight), Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk), Harley Quinn Smith (Yoga Hosers), Karrueche Tran (Model/Actress), Bruce Vilanch (Los Angeles LGBT Center Board Member), Caroline Vreeland (Singer), Brian Wolk (Designer, Wolk Morais), Breeda Wool (UnREAL),) and event co-chairs Linda Perry, Brent Bolthouse, Kelly Lynch and Annie Goto.
- Macy Gray closed out the night performing her hits “I Try” and “Beauty In The World” along with unique covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” and Pretenders’ “Brass In Pocket.”
- James Blunt performed his popular song “You’re Beautiful” among other hits.
- Event co-chair Brent Bolthouse revealed that the event would be Linda Perry’s last year co-chairing An Evening with Women; an event that she developed in 2009. The crowd gave Linda a huge applause thanking her for her years of service.
- Linda Perry asked the crowd to help her “go out with a bang” as she helped auction off high-end travel packages and unique items to raise funds for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
- At the end of her stand-up routine, Fortune Feimster joked that Lance Bass would give anyone a kiss who donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
- Erika Ervin said that the Los Angeles LGBT Center was the first place that she went to begin her transition process.
- Daniel Franzese said that last year’s An Evening with Women was the best date he’s ever been on and was excited to be back for a second year in a row.
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ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER:
- Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s more than 550 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 atlalgbtcenter.org.