Sweet Charity: The LA Gay & Lesbian Center

Dan Savage was right: It actually does get better.

This weekend, the Senate finally stopped screwing around for five minutes and repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that — until now — has made “LGBT” pretty much the only acronym the military couldn’t handle. It’s a civil rights landmark, and a pretty great Christmas present to boot.

But there’s still a lot of work to be done, which is why organizations like the LA Gay & Lesbian Center exist.

The Center (I’m going to go ahead and call it the LAGLC) provides a pretty extensive variety of services to the LGBT community across Los Angeles, including HIV/AIDS testing and patient care; care for homeless youth, because apparently it’s goddamn 2010 and parents are still kicking their own children out of the house just for being gay; diversity training and advocacy; social networking for the queer and ally community; and a heck of a lot more.

I’m not gay, so there’s really no way I can truly understand the struggles that gay folks deal with every day. But the fact is that this is our generation’s defining civil rights issue, and the LAGLC is right there on the front lines. Toss a bit of cash their way for the holidays.