Through love, hope and community The Bloc comes together to support our city of angels, inclusive of all. As an advocate for race equality and LGBTQ+ communities, The Bloc is a welcoming safe haven in the heart of DTLA. At the center of The Bloc’s vision, We Are Love, We Are Hope and We Are Community, the message of positivity welcomes and unites Los Angeles. Join The Bloc in donating and supporting organizations and charities that are making a difference.
API Equality-LA is an organization working to help Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Los Angeles achieve LGBTQ, racial, and social justice. Through advocacy and education, they hope to create an inclusive, equitable, and just society where all API LGBTQ people will thrive. API Equality-LA encourages Angelenos to take action on issues that affect the API LGBTQ community, including increasing access to mental health resources, supporting immigrants, and protecting trans rights.
DTLA Proud is committed to celebrating inclusivity, spreading optimism, and expanding the definition of diversity. The nonprofit organization strengthens and empowers the local LGBTQ+ and ally community in Downtown Los Angeles through visibility, volunteerism, partnerships, and events. Founded by a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders, and nightlife promoters, DTLA Proud is building an all-inclusive community that represents the diverse LGBTQ+ population that lives, works, and plays in Downtown Los Angeles.
Hack the Hood is a nonprofit that works with young people of color, ages 16-25, who are interested in pursuing tech careers, but don’t yet have the resources they need to succeed. Hack the Hood not only helps them learn tech and coding skills, but also connects them with opportunities to try out what they’ve learned. During 6-9 week boot camps, tech professionals and consultants mentor youths through the process of building websites for local small businesses and community organizations. The small businesses gain an online presence—and the young people gain real-world experience.
ProjectQ is a nonprofit salon and community center for LGBTQIA youth who are experiencing homelessness. The organization, which prides itself on being 100% inclusive and using hair as a form of social justice, helps young people find an identity for themselves through gender-affirming haircuts and empowerment workshops. ProjectQ creates a safe space focused on self-care and self-improvement, and it’s a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, size, ability, and income.
The Trans Wellness Center, the first of its kind in the United States, opened in 2018 to provide comprehensive resources and services for transgender and nonbinary people. Six local organizations—PAIT (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team), Bienestar, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Friends Community Center, Translatin@ Coalition, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center—joined together to launch the 3,000-square-foot center on Wilshire Boulevard. The TWC’s extensive offerings include everything from employment assistance to legal services to support groups, all designed to meet clients’ needs.
Want to learn more about where you can donate and support the movement? Visit theblocla.com and explore additional organizations that are working toward racial equality with support of the LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter communities.