Marvel Entertainment to be Honored at the 2014 Vanguard Awards

This November 8, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will honor Marvel Entertainment, as well as LGBT activists George & Brad Takei and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, at their 45th Anniversary Vanguard Awards. Part of what makes Marvel so deserving of this honor is their inclusion of LGBT characters in their comic book titles. These characters include, but are not limited to, Miss America, Wiccan, and Hulkling of the Young Avengers, and Northstar of the X-Men. Marvel made history in 2012 by having Northstar get married to his then-fiancé Kyle Jinadu in Astonishing X-Men #51, written by Marjorie Liu (Hunter Kiss series).

The Los Angeles LGBT Center, which has been around since 1969, has continued to be active in supporting the LGBT community by providing wellness programs for LA residents, health and social services to those harmed by discrimination, and much more. Their complete mission statement can be viewed on their official website, lalgbtcenter.org.

For more information on the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th Anniversary Vanguard Awards, please view their official press release below which includes a statement from CEO Lorri L. Jean.

LA LGBT Center LogoLOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER SALUTES SUPER HEROES AT ITS 45TH ANNIVERSARY GALA VANGUARD AWARDS ON NOVEMBER 8th IN LOS ANGELES

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT, GEORGE & BRAD TAKEI, ZEV YAROSLAVSKY HONORED FOR THEIR GROUNDBREAKING LEADERSHIP SUPPORTING THE LGBT COMMUNITY

Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2014) – Longtime LGBT activists George & Brad Takei, Marvel Entertainment, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be honored at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards in Los Angeles on November 8th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, presented by Wells Fargo. The high-profile annual event will celebrate the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th anniversary of making the world a better place for LGBT people.

“As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people, we’re excited to honor some very deserving Super Heroes in our movement,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “George and Brad Takei are two of the nation’s most visible, dedicated and influential LGBT activists. Throughout his four decades of services to Los Angeles, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been a fierce champion for LGBT people and strong ally to the Center. And Marvel Entertainment, through its award-winning portrayals of LGBT characters and storylines that parallel the struggle to end discrimination against our community, has helped brighten the lives of LGBT kids—and adults alike—around the world.”

One of the premier LGBT charity events in the nation, the Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards will bring together more than 1,200 LGBT people and their allies to enjoy cocktails, dinner and entertainment, while saluting some superheroes in the LGBT movement. The evening also features an extensive auction that includes high-end items, packages and experiences.

The November 8 event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., which is also when bidding opens for the silent auction. The dinner and show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $400; as always the Center’s sustaining donors receive a limited number of half-price tickets. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit lgbtvanguardawards.org or call TAI Events at 310-996-1188.

Event sponsors include: Wells Fargo, State Farm, Hollywood Forever, Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Cadillac, Nordstrom, Out@Warner Bros., Southern California Gas Company, UBS, US Bank, The David Bohnett Foundation, The Huntington, DirecTV, Pacific Federal, Ralphs/Food4Less, and LA Pride.

 

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 450 employees and 3,000 volunteers 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 at lalgbtcenter.org.