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L.A.'s gay community gives back

Tomorrow’s GLAAD media awards honors fair and accurate portrayal of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. But you don’t need to be on screen to make a difference.

Nourish: Project Angel Food needs new headquarters and they’re willing to bowl for it. As part of the $6 million capital campaign, Project Angel Food will sponsor the 11th annual Bowling for Angels April 30 at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank.

Project Angel Food began delivering food to homebound HIV and AIDS patients in 1989; the org now distributes 1,200 meals a day, but the new building on Hollywood’s N. Vine Street will allow the charity to double its efforts. The new facility is set to break ground next month and open by December.

Bowlers can participate as singles or in a group. Visit Bowlingforangels.org or Angelfood.org.

Nurture: At the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, AIDS/Lifecycle 5 event coordinators, AIDS/HIV testing counselors, phone operators, graphic designers/illustrators and female facilitator volunteers are all in high demand. The center supports the LGBT community through all life stages with a 24-bed shelter for homeless teens, adoption assistance, education and support to stop same-sex domestic violence and a seniors program that connects isolated individuals. For more info, see Laglc.org.

Nature: L.A. Pride celebrates 36 years June 9-11 in West Hollywood Park, with performances from the Bangles, Taylor Dayne and Berlin. Want something more active? Join the ride to end AIDS with AIDS/Lifecycle 5, which takes cyclists the 585 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles June 4-10. You can also dive deep with Barnacle Busters, the Los Angeles/Long Beach gay and lesbian scuba club, which will sponsor a team at the annual Two Harbors Underwater Clean-up in October. For more information, visit Lapride.com, Aidslifecycle.org and barnaclebusters.org.

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