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The LGBTQ+ Lawyers Association of L.A.'s Annual Gala has historically been the largest event that the Association holds each year. The event honors individuals and organizations that have made contributions to education, human rights, and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we are delighted to be returning to the California Science Center for an in-person event. For more than ten years, the Association's Gala has been themed to spotlight important issues to the LGBTQ+ community, including marriage equality, military service, adoption, employment rights, and unity.

This year's theme is "Ready to Launch," which signifies our role as an LGBTQ+ legal organization standing ready to address the challenges that will be facing both our LGBTQ+ community and our larger community in light of the Supreme Court's decision this year denying the fundamental right to an abortion. We recognize that the precedents guaranteeing bodily autonomy and privacy that keep government out of the doctor’s office when a person seeks contraceptive or reproductive services are inextricably linked to those precedents that overruled sodomy laws and made same-sex marriage a reality across the country. The rights of the LGBTQ+ community are inextricably intertwined with the rights of women and those of all people seeking reproductive care and family-planning services. Our Gala this year will not only celebrate how far we have come but also bring us together at a critical time as we prepare for the work ahead of us. We hope you will be able to join us!


Lauren Greene & Dimitri Portnoi

Treasurer: Robert Winson

Secretary: Jay Pang 

Communications Chairs: David J. Richardson 

& Carlos A. Hernandez

Membership Chair: Lauren Greene 

Board Development Chair: Dimitri Portnoi


Abigail Coursolle, Mark Lemke, Joshua Quaye,
Jeremy Lane, Cameron Fisher, Jade Jurdi,
Arleen Fernandez, Perla Esquivel, James Holmes,
Leisette Rodriguez, Jay Ramsey, Anwar Burton, 
Tamar Tokat, Bec Edelson, Kyle Grossman, 
Sam Spiegelman, Samuel Fein, & Peter Goldschmidt



Purchase Tickets and 
Our Gala Here.

DATE: Friday, October 21, 2022
TIME: 6:30PM - 10:30PM
WHERE: California Science Center 
                700 Exposition Park Dr.
                Los Angeles, CA 90037
                ($18 Parking - Cash Only)
FOOD: Catered & hosted Bars

Proof of Vaccination will be required at the door on the day of the event.

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Instructions Via the Metro Expo Line: Take exit Expo Park/USC station. Cross street toward Rose garden and make a right heading toward the Natural History Museum. Turn left at  the corner of the NHM and Rose Garden and follow the sidewalk alongside the NHM and lawn. When you reach the end of the sidewalk (directly facing the Coliseum) the event entrance will be a few steps to your left.



Gloria Allred is a founding partner of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg (AM&G) with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Her firm has been one of the leading civil rights private law firms in the nation for 47 years, representing clients in cases related to violations at the intersection of women’s, LGBT, and disenfranchised communities’ rights. Ms. Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of victims who have been discriminated against due to gender, race, age, physical handicap, sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and because they are HIV+ or have AIDS. Ms. 

Allred has won many precedent-setting cases for the LGBTQ+ community, and she has proudly been in every LGBTQ+ pride parade for more than 45 years. Ms. Allred has been a crucial voice in the fight for marriage equality.We believe she exemplifies the importance of the "+" in our new name to welcome and celebrate allies who have worked side-by-side with our community on important LGBTQ issues. This award highlights the kinds of partnerships we will continue to forge as we move ahead into a new era of having to protect LGBTQ+ rights and reproductive rights post-Dobbs.


The Trans Wellness Center (TWC) provides comprehensive resources and services for transgender and non-binary people under one roof. The 3,000-square-foot center is the first-of-its-kind in the United States. TWC was conceived and created by community leaders and allies, honoring their lifelong dedication to raise awareness about the needs and the contributions of the transgender community. This organization exemplifies the values of our Association, and especially showcases the work that we will be highlighting at this year's Gala of the intersections between reproductive and sexual health and LGBTQ+ rights.


Leslie Herrera (she/her) is a J.D. candidate at UCLA School of Law where she is also pursuing a Critical Race Studies specialization. Leslie is a member of the UCLA Latinx Law Students Association and volunteers with the El Centro LetsGo! Liberation clinic to assist individuals in obtaining legal name and gender marker changes. She has an interest in community-based lawyering and environmental justice. Prior to law school, she worked at an environmental non-profit that focused on regional advocacy promoting a shift from fossil fuels to clean energy in New York City.

Sabyne “free” 
Pierre (they/them), a proud native of Newark, NJ, is a spoken word artist, student of abolition, and most importantly a poet at heart. free is passionate about social change and uses spoken word poetry as a tool of empowerment. They’re interested in using community organizing work in order to dream for a collective, liberated future. Their activist efforts have led them to Los Angeles, where they will be attending UCLA School of Law as an Achievement Fellow. There, they plan to participate in LGBTQ+ and housing rights and explore advocacy frameworks that are community-centered and led. When they’re not organizing or performing, free enjoys planning solo trips and losing at trivia.


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Los Angeles, CA 90048

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