Tie The Knot Partners With OutRight Action International During #GiveOUT Campaign

 
 

We are excited to launch the 3rd week of our #GiveOUT campaign with OutRight Action International! Buying any Tie The Knot product this week will directly support their impactful and critical international work for our LGBTIQ community!

OutRight Action International is a leading organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

OutRight has been fighting for the human rights of LGBTIQ people since 1990. In at least 72 countries globally, same-sex relations (let alone relationship recognition) between consenting adults remains illegal; penalties range from corporal punishment, to jail terms, to life imprisonment, to the death penalty. OutRight partners with local LGBTIQ organizations across four regions and maintains a cross-regional LGBTIQ initiative at the United Nations in New York.

OutRight holds governments accountable at the United Nations, where they are the only LGBTIQ organization with access and a permanent presence at UN Headquarters in NY. They also publish their own research about LGBTIQ rights and abuses globally, and support grassroots activists around the world. Throughout the year OutRight brings human rights defenders to NY to speak about the violence and persecution they face at the UN. By speaking truth to power, they bring a human face to LGBTIQ people and show that we exist everywhere, and that we deserve basic human dignity, safety, freedom and equality.

This week, 40+ LGBTIQ activists are sharing their stories with OutRight at the UN, learning valuable advocacy skills they can bring back to their own countries and creating a network of leaders that will strengthen and support each other. From Singapore to St. Lucia and from Morocco to Mexico, OutRight is partnering with grassroots groups on the ground to protect and advance LGBTIQ human rights.

100% of Tie The Knot profits go to front-line LGBTQ organizations. All proceeds raised from the sale of our Tie The Knot Collection this week will be donated directly to OutRight Action International.

 

Tie The Knot Partners With Freedom For All Americans During #GiveOUT Campaign

 
 
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We are excited to launch the 2nd week of our #GiveOUT campaign with Freedom for All Americans! Buying any Tie The Knot product this week will directly support their impactful work!

In 2018 alone, Freedom for All Americans won the first statewide ballot fight in US history specifically centered on transgender rights, inspiring the MA electorate to vote 68% in favor of keeping Massachusetts’ state LGBTQ nondiscrimination law fully intact. They also led the campaign in New Hampshire to pass and sign into law – with deep bipartisan support – HB1319, a bill that updated the state’s non-discrimination law to include comprehensive protections for all LGBTQ people. Freedom for All Americans also collaborated with Equality Ohio to pass new LGBTQ non-discrimination protections in Cuyahoga County by organizing the small business community, driving earned media efforts, and providing social media support.

In Alaska, they spearheaded communications and messaging strategies focused on local voters in Anchorage, AK to encourage their favor for dignity and equality at the ballot - where the electorate rejected Proposition 1, the ballot initiative that sought to erase municipal protections for transgender people.

Your support will help launch FFAA’s new strategic roadmap to win comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide by 2025. To that end, FFAA will continue passing legislative and policy protections at state and municipal levels – just as they did in New Hampshire. They will continue defending hard-won victories against legislative and ballot repeal efforts in key states – they are prepared to fight effectively wherever they’re needed, as they did in Anchorage and MA. And they will build momentum, urgency, and action for federal protections so we all have the freedom to work, live, and love – no matter who we are, or where we live.

Time and again, FFAA has rallied Americans to realize for LGBTQ people the promise of liberty and justice that has made this nation great. We encourage your support of Freedom For All Americans with a year-end donation.

100% of Tie The Knot profits go to front-line LGBTQ organizations. All proceeds raised from the sale of our Tie The Knot Collection this week will be donated directly to Freedom For All Americans.

 

Tie The Knot Supports Stop Homophobic Bullying Project

 
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Tie The Knot is excited to kick-off our annual end-of-year #GiveOUT campaign by supporting Western Justice Center/ENCOMPASS in their project, Stop Homophobic Bullying.

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The project benefits the Creating Bias-Free Classrooms program.  Creating Bias-Free Classrooms uses professional youth actors and live, scripted and improvisational theater to equip educators to build inclusive learning environments for students targeted by homophobia.

They have trained thousands of teachers, which will have a positive impact on the safety and inclusivity of LGBTQ (actual or perceived) students in their classes throughout their teaching careers.

Their goal? To get 500 donations on Giving Tuesday (11-27-18).

Funding this program will help them bring it to schools who otherwise couldn’t afford it. And LGBTQ students are among the highest targets for bullying, and teachers intervene in homophobic bullying less than other types of bullying.

To donate, please click here. You can also support their work through the purchase of one of our limited-edition bow ties, scarves, or pride collection products! 100% of profits go to support LGBTQ organizations fighting on the frontlines of equality! Stay tuned as we announce a new partnership each week, during the month of December!

And the holidays are just around the corner! These limited-edition items make great gifts and stocking stuffers!

 

Tie The Knot Launches First Scarves Collection!

 
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We are excited to announce our very first scarves collection! The limited-edition scarves arrive just in time with the fall weather! Perfect for fall and winter fashion, you can add some flare to your wardrobe while keeping that neck warm! The six brand new designs will all be available exclusively at The Tie Bar with $15 of every $20 neck scarf going directly back to Tie The Knot. 

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Never worn a bandana/scarf before? We got you! Check out the link to see how to tie your first one, as well as see some creative ways to include in your wardrobe! Some of the more popular ways are to be worn around your neck, as an accessory on luggage, tie to gym bag, or in your pocket! Follow along on our instagram to see some ideas as well!

And the holidays are just around the corner! These limited edition scarves make great gifts and stocking stuffers!

Get yours today and help support LGBTQ organizations fighting on the frontlines of equality!

 

Tie The Knot Returns to Broadway with Exclusive Torch Song BowTie!

 
 

We are happy to announce our newest limited edition bowtie launching today! The latest addition will honor the triumphant return to Broadway of Harvey Fierstein's iconic Tony-winning play Torch Song. The design will also add the show’s star Michael Urie to Tie The Knot’s extensive list of guest designers. The design will be available exclusively at the Hayes Theater store and online at The Tie Bar, with $20 of every $25 purchase will be donated directly back to Tie The Knot.

Since 2012, Tie The Knot has been advocating around the globe for LGBTQ equality.” Says charity co-founder and show producer Justin Mikita. “When Torch Song was coming back to Broadway, I felt it was imperative to be a critical part of this historic (and intensely relevant) piece, both personally & through Tie The Knot.”

Drawing inspiration from The Great White Way, the design is both formal and whimsical, perfect for anyone looking to recapture the golden age of formal dressing for the theater. Imagine a new take on the classic black tie look, with just the right amount of pop. The end result is a vibrant new stripe,  playful yet elegant ideal for sitting in the front row or onstage taking a final curtain call.

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Get your limited edition Torch Song bowtie today and help Tie The Knot support LGBTQ organizations on the frontlines of equality around the world!

 

Tie The Knot Welcomes Guest Bartenders for pride!

 
 

For this year's Pride Collection, Tie The Knot and The Tie Bar were excited to announce our first Guest Bartenders during Pride to promote our 2018 Pride Collection! We were honored to have Brock & Chris of @yummertime, Will of @brightbazaar, Aaron of @themodernotter, and Diego of @diegodowntown

Pride has always been an important time for our community so we asked our Guest Bartenders to share more about what Pride means to them. Scroll down to hear what they said!

 Brock and Chris of @yummertime

Brock and Chris of @yummertime

For Brock and Chris, "Pride stands for how far we've come, amidst all the glitter and rainbows and colorful floats, gratitude for those who came and struggled before us. It's a time to celebrate the fact that love comes in all forms, all shapes and sizes, and should have no boundaries, no limits. Be love. That's it. We still have a long ways to go, and we've come such a long way already. And so, to us, Pride represents a breath of fresh air, for a moment, where we can stand loving together."

 Diego of @diegodownton

Diego of @diegodownton

"Pride is a time for the LGBTQ community to come together to celebrate and embrace our diversity. We are all a part of the human fabric and each person contributes their own unique color to that fabric. Having Pride is important in order to love yourself and others." - Diego

 Aaron Wester of @themodernotter

Aaron Wester of @themodernotter

"I’m intolerant of inequality. I’m marrying my partner in November! That wasn’t even an option a few years ago. We have come so far in our fight for equality because our community stood together to change the hearts and minds of others. I owe so much to those that came before me and recognize how important visibility and unity are in effecting change. I think Pride means standing strong in your convictions and not apologizing for who you are. It means living your life as authentically as you can and fighting for those who can't. I am thrilled to share Tie The Knot’s message of individuality and their support of organizations that champion the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community.” - Aaron Wester

 Will Taylor of @brightbazaar

Will Taylor of @brightbazaar

"I'm delighted to support Tie The Knot's efforts to advance and improve LGBTQ equality and rights to marriage around the world. I think it can be easy to assume that once a country grants the right to members of the LGBTQ community to marry, that there's no longer a need for a fight for their rights. Sadly, this is far from the reality, which means the work of organizations like Tie The Knot are essential to raising awareness and support for LGBTQ equality." - Will Taylor

We were honored to have these Guest Bartenders represent Tie The Knot and help us spread equality this summer! Proceeds from the Pride Collection will go to support organizations on the frontlines of equality. 

 

Tie The Knot Hosts Pride Event in NYC

 
 
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We were excited to partner with Chappy to host a discussion on "Pride and Your Influence," during NYC Pride! Orange Is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria joined Jesse Tyler Ferguson on stage for an evening of fun libations and light-hearted conversation on how we all can play an important part in moving our LGBTQ community forward, especially during Pride Month. 

Pride has always been an important time for our community and Jesse and Lea shared how Pride celebrations have changed and evolved over the years, especially after a post-marriage equality world. "Educate, learn about the history and all those who opened the doors for you," said Jesse. The important thing to remember is that pride is not only a time to celebrate but also a time to learn about all the various communities within the #LGTBQ world and how we can all be a better ally for each other.  

The Queer community has accomplished so much, and as long as we go forward with love and authenticity; the future of our community is bright.

 

 

Tie The Knot Partners with Lambda Legal

 
 
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We are excited to announce that we are donating proceeds from the sale of our limited edition bow ties from the 2018 Summer Pride Collection to Lambda Legal

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Lambda Legal does not charge their clients for legal representation nor advocacy, and they receive no government funding, fully depending on contributions from supporters around the country. They select cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those living with HIV.

Additionally, Lambda Legal leads high-impact public education campaigns to help people exercise the rights they have and to build public support for equality. They also advocate for public policy at the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of LGBT people, people affected by HIV, and their families and allies.

20$ of every $25 Tie The Knot purchase is donated to frontline organizations fighting for LGBTQ equality. All proceeds raised from the sale of our Tie The Knot Pride collection will be donated directly to Lambda Legal.

 

Tie The Knot Launches 2018 Pride Collection

 

June is Pride Month and we are excited to launch another collection during this time of celebration for our community.

Drawing continued inspiration from the Pride Flag, our newest collaboration with The Tie Bar brings several new pieces. 

We are excited to introduce two new limited edition bow ties and our first pair of cufflinks designed for Pride! Our Equality Socks and Equality Pin are also back by popular demand! As you know, Tie The Knot has been committed to fighting for LGBTQ equality since its founding, and all our proceeds from this collection will go to an organization fighting on the frontlines of LGBTQ equality. 

Visit The Tie Bar now and wear your pride!

 

 

Tie The Knot Partners with Fulfillment Fund

 
 
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We are excited to announce that we are donating 100% of our profits from the sale of our limited edition bow ties from the Prom Collection to The Fulfillment Fund

The Fulfillment Fund makes college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced schools and communities. This year the organization is celebrating 40 years of empowering young people through the power of mentorship and education. The Fulfillment Fund supports and empowers all students, and is proud of the incredible diversity within the young people they serve.

Through a wide array of unique and innovative programs, The Fulfillment Fund transforms individual lives while creating a ripple effect through the entire community. Harnessing the power of mentoring, classroom instruction, one-on-one college counseling and experiential learning opportunities, they open young people’s eyes to the possibility of higher education, and change their beliefs about what they are capable of achieving.

The Fulfillment Fund's partnership with Tie the Knot began three years ago. Thanks to them, two of our the Fulfillment Fund's LGBT students were granted scholarships for college that made a huge difference in their ability to succeed.

20$ of every $25 Tie The Knot purchase is donated to frontline organizations fighting for LGBTQ equality. All profits raised from the sale of our Tie The Knot collection this month will be donated directly to the Fulfillment Fund.

 

Tie The Knot Partners with Outserve-SLDN

 
 
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We are excited to announce that we are donating 100% of our profits from the sale of our limited edition bow ties through December 31st to OutServe-SLDN

For nearly 25 years, OutServe-SLDN has been dedicated to bringing full LGBTQ equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. They provide free and direct legal assistance to servicemembers and veterans affected by the repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) law and the prior ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment and discrimination.

OutServe-SLDN led the fight to repeal DADT, has represented over 12,000 service members, and provides a community for over 25,000 active members through their 80 local chapters around the globe.

Now, with the current administration’s attempt to ban transgender military service, OutServe-SLDN has been leading the legal battle to protect transgender servicemembers. Your support will help them prepare for the legal battles ahead, as well as help servicemembers discharged as a result of their sexual orientation have their record cleansed so they can finally have their service characterized appropriately and access the veterans’ benefits they’ve earned.

20$ of every $25 Tie The Knot purchase is donated to frontline organizations fighting for LGBTQ equality. All profits raised from the sale of our Tie The Knot collection this month will be donated directly to OutServe-SLDN.

 

Dominique Ansel and Tie The Knot Design a Special Bow Tie

 
 
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Chef Dominique Ansel has teamed up with Tie The Knot to create a limited-edition pastry-inspired bow tie that gives back, which the entire team at the new Dominique Ansel Bakery in Los Angeles wear each day. $20 of every $25 bow tie is donated to advocate for LGBTQ equality worldwide. 

“As chefs, so much of what we do in this industry is about giving back - sharing what we cook and what we create with others, and giving back to our communities,” says Dominique. “I’m excited to team up with Tie The Knot, Jesse, and Justin to create a pastry-inspired bow tie that supports LGBTQ equality. Our entire team at Dominique Ansel Bakery Los Angeles proudly wears them each day."

"I'm glad Dominique Ansel - and the Cronut - are coming to L.A.! Better yet, the team is going to look so dapper in their Tie The Knot bow ties. Congratulations, Dominique, and thank you for supporting LGBTQ equality in the culinary world,” says Jesse. 

 
 
 

Tie The Knot Teams Up with OutRight International

 
 
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$20 of every $25 Tie The Knot bow tie purchase goes directly toward support LGBTQ initiatives worldwide. From now until November 24, 2017, all profits raised via the sale of our limited-edition bow ties will support OutRight Action International - a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

OutRight has been fighting for the human rights of LGBTIQ people since 1990. In at least 72 countries globally, same-sex relations (let alone relationship recognition) between consenting adults remains illegal; penalties range from corporal punishment, to jail terms, to life imprisonment, to the death penalty. OutRight partners with local LGBTIQ organizations across four regions and maintains a cross-regional LGBTIQ initiative at the United Nations in New York.

In September, OutRight helped organize the largest assembled panel of global world leaders to discuss and promote LGBT equality during meetings of the General Assembly. In December, they will organize the largest group of LGBTIQ activists to visit New York to help inform diplomats and UN agencies about what's needed on the ground in each of their countries.

The Stonewall Riots started with police brutality and we see it again and again around the world. OutRight supports training of police in the Caribbean and in the Philippines to head off police harassment. In the Philippines alone they have trained over 2,000 officers.

LGBTIQ rights lag behind in many parts of the Caribbean where British colonial legacy laws (against consensual sex) still make love and self-expression illegal. OutRight is helping to register and organize Caribbean LGBTIQ groups to ensure they have the capacity to do the work needed to change hearts, minds and laws on the ground.

When LGBTIQ activists are under attack, or when they fear that their governments are after them, OutRight provides vital security training to activists who are in harms way.

And when media reports fuel homophobia and transphobia or spread information – OutRight trains who need to better understand how to communicate about LGBTIQ people.

Stay informed – join OutRight’s email list today.

 

Tie The Knot Launches Socks and Pins for Equality

June marks a time of celebration, reflection, and recommitment to progress for the LGBTQ community: Pride Month.

We at Tie The Knot are excited to celebrate this joyous time with a new collaboration with The Tie Bar. We've launched our first ever lapel pin and socks in support of LGBTQ equality! 

Introducing the official Equality Pin, Equality Sock, and Signature Owl Sock! As you know, Tie The Knot has been committed to fighting for LGBTQ equality since its founding, and our signature owl logo - a symbol of wisdom and foresight - has been helping us win each battle in the cutest way possible. 

Visit The Tie Bar now and wear your pride!

Tie The Knot Launches The Wedding Collection

Tie The Knot is incredibly excited to announce our very first formal wedding collection, inspired by Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Justin Mikita's wedding! Yay! 

The limited-edition bow ties arrive just in time for Jesse & Justin's four-year anniversary and is inspired by colors and patterns from their own personal nuptials. Cool right?

“Tie The Knot was created to stylishly support the fight for marriage equality. Now it’s more important than ever to protect that equality won nationwide along with the many other freedoms being threatened by our current political landscape,” said Jesse. “Designing our first formal wedding collection for Tie The Knot felt like the perfect way to honor the charity’s five-year anniversary and success to date while continuing to support the ongoing battle for equality and human rights.”

As always, Tie The Knot is donating all proceeds from the bow tie sales toward LGBTQ equality! For this collection, we have partnered with Freedom For All Americans - a bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. We are super very excited about this amazing partnership! 

Get your wedding collection bow tie/socks now to help support Freedom for All Americans, equality, and progress!
 

Tie The Knot Launches the Official James Beard Bow Tie!

We are thrilled to announce that Tie The Knot co-founder, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, will be hosting this year's James Beard Awards on May 1 at the Lyric Opera Theatre in Chicago!

The James Beard Foundation Awards are annual awards presented by the James Beard Foundation for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the United States. 

To celebrate, we are launching the official James Beard bow tie with proceeds being donated to the James Beard Foundation in support of diversity and LGBTQ inclusion in the culinary community.

"As an ambitious home cook, a foodie, and a fanboy of the culinary world, I am thrilled to be hosting the James Beard Awards this year! And, as a passionate supporter of LGBTQ progress, I'm excited that my foundation, Tie The Knot, is launching the official James Beard bow tie with proceeds helping to advance LGBTQ inclusion in our culinary community." - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine (and an avid bow-tie wearer!), who helped educate & mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that continues this spirit by administering educational initiatives, food industry awards, and scholarships for culinary students. 

Get this delicious bow tie today! Shop here >

Just Love Campaign Recap

 

Last month, we launched our Just Love Campaign, which was designed to simply-- celebrate love! As divisiveness and anger plague our country, we thought there was no better time to launch this campaign. Our goal was to directly engage with our followers, and remind the world to embrace a message of love. We hope you enjoyed this campaign as much as we did!

 

 

 

At the same time, we also launched our best selling collection, the bow ties that YOU loved the most! The season’s guest designer was Joanna Coles who created a one-of-a-kind bow tie to support the organization. “I couldn’t be happier to partner with Jesse, Justin, and Tie the Knot to further advance equality for the LGBTQ community," said Coles. "Using my love of fashion to help ensure that everyone in America is treated with dignity and respect is an opportunity I could not pass up." Check out our collection!

 

 

We had numerous celebrity influencers join us to share photos of them wearing our best selling collection. Here are some of our favorite celebrity posts:

Aside from our celebrity friends, we had tons of people participate in our TTK Just Love photo-sharing contest for a chance to win a free bow tie! There were so many great photos it was virtually impossible for us to chose, but here are our 3 favorites: 

Tie The Knot Launches 2017 Winter "Best of" Collection!

We've taken your favorite designs and reimagined them!

This season’s guest designer Joanna Coles has created a one-of-a-kind bow tie to support the organization. “I couldn’t be happier to partner with Jesse, Justin, and Tie The Knot to further advance equality for the LGBTQ community," said Coles. "Using my love of fashion to help ensure that everyone in America is treated with dignity and respect is an opportunity I could not pass up."

Joanna’s custom creation rounds out a collection of 15 new pieces to benefit the cause. Celebrating the “best of” Tie The Knot designs from the past few years the collection recreates them with a modern twist of the latest on-trend colors, textures, and fabrications. A whimsical piece of the charities history with a touch of the present day.

Just Love Campaign

This February, Tie The Knot is launching its Just Love Campaign, in partnership with our best selling bow tie collection! 

When Tie The Knot was founded in 2012 to advocate for marriage equality throughout the United States, only six states and Washington D.C. recognized marriages for same-sex couples. Today, having raised over $500,000 – five years and forty-four states later – the initial Tie The Knot goal of realizing full federal marriage equality was accomplished. Today, same-sex couples across the country can marry in all 50 states and have their marriages recognized. 

But there is still so much work to do! So, as we launch our Winter 2017 "Best of" Collection with your favorite designs reimagines, we want to celebrate - just love!

Along with our Just Love Campaign and best-selling collection, we created a photo-sharing contest to go along with it. Make sure to check out the Just Love Campaign page on our website to find out how you could win a free bow tie! 

As we embark on 2017, let's make it a universal goal to spread a little love. We hope you join us this February in doing just that! 

 

#GiveOUT to the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Tie The Knot is excited to partner with the the Los Angeles LGBT Center as part of it's #GiveOUT campaign: 5 weeks of giving to support LGBTQ rights. All profits raised via the sale of our bow ties between December 18 and December 24 will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is 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. The Center's nearly 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world via programs and services that span four categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. The Center's success will be pivotal in ensuring LGBT rights are secured and protected under the next federal administration:

  • Next year, thanks to landmark legislation sponsored by the Center, residential “treatment programs” in California responsible for the abuse and even murder of “troubled  teens” -- including those who are simply LGBT — will finally be regulated.

  • The Center’s OUT for Safe Schools™ program, which is creating welcoming school campuses for LGBT students throughout the country, will reach more than 2.5 million students next year.

  • To help stop the spread of HIV the Center co-sponsored a new California law that ensures people who test negative for HIV learn about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). The Center is also expanding its capacity to provide PrEP and launching a massive campaign to promote it to those most at risk of HIV infection.

  • The Center is training progressive organizations around the country on how to use its deep canvassing approach to reducing voter prejudice, which was proven highly effective by independent researchers and reported in the Journal of Science this year.

  • To provide quality, affordable medical care and counseling to even more LGBT people in 2017, the Center is significantly expanding its health-related programs and its addition recovery programs.

Shop now through December 24 to Support the Los Angeles LGBT Center >