(Photo Credits: Screengrab from @brianjustincrum’s Instagram Account)
LA LGBT Center opened its $141 million Anita May Rosenstein Campus last Sunday—April 7, 2019—with a star-studded celebration that was attended by the likes of Lily Tomlin (of Grace and Frankie), Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-List), and Brian Justin Crum (America’s Got Talent).
The new Anita May Rosenstein Campus, said to be “the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility serving both LGBTQ seniors and youth,” will be the center’s flagship facility in the future while their current headquarters will be turned into an LGBT health center. The two-acre complex occupies almost one full city block and is located at 1118 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood just across the street from the Village at Ed Gould Plaza. It will provide the following for the LGBT community:
- medical care for the entire LGBT community (not just for people with HIV)
- 60 beds for the transitional living program
- 40 emergency overnight beds
- affordable housing for youths ages 18-24 especially those facing homelessness and discrimination
- a new Senior Community Center
- a youth center, administrative offices, recreational space, kitchen, and retail space
- Youth Drop-In Center and Youth Academy (The Ariadne Getty Foundation Youth Academy), and employment programs.
- for the phase II of the project—99 apartments for seniors which is expected to be finished by mid-2020.
According to the event invite on Facebook, the Campus is “the product of more than a decade of dreams and hard work, a public gathering place that brings the generations together to celebrate and learn from one another. It will provide expanded employment and educational opportunities for LGBT youth and seniors and offer them safe, affordable housing in a community built on the pillars of pride, strength, and love.”
The Anita May Rosenstein Campus was named after the heir to the May department stores who donated $8 million through the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, Wilbur D. May Foundation, and the Anita and Arnold Rosenstein Family Foundation. According to Los Angeles Magazine, Rosenstein’s donation is said to be the “largest gift ever given to an LGBT organization by a living person.”
LA LGBT Center is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Themed ’50 Years of Queer,’ they have an upcoming gala and concert at the Greek Theatre this September 21.