Celebs to Support Oct. 12 Fundraiser for New Lesbian Center

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Lauren Costine, PhD.

Kelsey Chavarria and Rose Garcia from “The Real L Word,” director-actress Amanda Bearse (“The Big Gay Sketch Show,” “Married … With Children”), celebrity chef Khristianne Uy, Miss USA contestant Mollie Thomas (winner of “The Taste”), celebrity surfer Cori Schumacher; and comedian Cathy Lewis are among the guests slated to attend Wonder Women Premiere Party on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event, to be held at a private Hancock Park estate, is a fundraiser for the newly established Lesbian Center.


Elisabeth Sandberg

Music, drinks and dancing will go from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with red carpet arrivals slated for 8 p.m.

“Lesbians in Southern California have been experiencing a void around having a unique space to create community outside of the bar scene,” says organizer Lauren Costine, PhD. “One of our main goals is to be the place lesbians of all ethnicities and ages can connect to one another.”


Jeanne Córdova

Other committee members include longtime West Hollywood advocates for the LGBT community, Ivy Bottini, a co-founder and charter member of the founding chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW); Jeanne Córdova, founder of The Lesbian Tide, a national newsmagazine started in 1971, and Elizabeth Sandberg, who serves on the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board to city council in West Hollywood and is a member-at-large on the board of the West Hollywood Friends of the Library.

To purchase tickets or to learn how to get involved, go to

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and produces content via Saving Grace Films.

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