Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin help open new Los Angeles LGBT campus

“Grace and Frankie” star Lily Tomlin joined comedian Kathy Griffin at Sunday’s block party celebration to help ring in the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new campus.

After breaking ground nearly two years ago, the Anita May Rosenstein campus is said to be the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility, serving both LGBT seniors and youth. The Campus includes drop-in centers for both youth and seniors as well as 100 beds for homeless youth. The Ariadne Getty youth academy provides educational services. Phase two of the project, set to be completed in a few months, will include 99 apartments for seniors.

“It’s just amazing how this place thrives and grows year after year,” Tomlin told Variety at Sunday’s ribbon cutting celebration in Hollywood. “This is a welcoming place where kids are welcomed. They’re made to feel good about themselves. They’re given the tools and the support to pull themselves out and grow. It’s a rich rich community to be a part of.”

Los Angeles LGBT center CEO Lorri L. Jean, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Rep. Adam Schiff, Councilman David Ryu and Mayor Eric Garcetti all delivered remarks on stage to thunderous applause.

“The message this sends here today, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, whether you’re housed, or un-housed, whether you’re young or not as young, no matter what color you appear, and no matter what religion you practice, in Los Angeles and in this world, you belong,” Garcetti said. “Los Angeles is a city of belonging, and you own this.”

Griffin shared in Garcetti’s sentiment, praising the LGBT community for pursuing change in the midst of a discriminatory presidential administration.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Kathy Griffin speaks onstage at the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin attend the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Kathy Griffin and Lily Tomlin speak onstage at the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Kathy Griffin, Representative Adam Schiff and Lily Tomlin attend the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Anita May Rosenstein, David Bailey, Kathy Griffin, Representative Adam Schiff, Lily Tomlin and Ariadne Getty attend the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: U.S. Representative Adam Schiff and Kathy Griffin attend the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Kathy Griffin attends the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Eric Garcetti, Kathy Griffin, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff and Lily Tomlin attend the grand opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center )
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“Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle might think it’s okay to discriminate against the gay community. Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle, might think it’s okay to have a vice president who’s clearly closeted himself and yet wants to engage in conversion therapy. But that’s not okay.” she said. “As a community you guys get together; you legislate; you get stuff done; you get bills passed like no community I’ve ever seen—that’s why I’m proud to be your ally now and forever.”

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a block party celebration included campus tours, a number of live performances and a beer garden. Music artists such as VINCINT and Betty Who took to the stage with acoustic renditions of some of their most popular songs alongside the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and “Transparent” star Alexandra Billings.

Supporting the new campus are more than 350 capital campaign donors, including 15 seven-figure donations led by Anita May Rosenstein’s gift of $8 million through the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, Wilbur D. May Foundation and the Anita and Arnold Rosenstein Family Foundation.

In the future, the facility will also serve as the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s flagship facility, replacing the the center’s current headquarters, which are set to transform entirely into a health center. The center will also mark its 50th anniversary with a gala and concert on Sept. 21 at the Greek Theatre.

Griffin took to Instagram to share a photo from the event. Her caption read "Mike Pence would hate this! So proud to speak at the @lalgbtcenter for the grand opening of the “Anita May Rosenstein Campus” and the 50th anniversary of the LA Gay and Lesbian center! It took many years of determination and lots of money in private donations, but they made this amazing campus happen. They give tours."

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SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Comedian Kathy Griffin arrives at FOX's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at The Barker Hanger on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Kathy Griffin attends Fox's Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks onstage at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Emcee Kathy Griffin speaks at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_001_1185.JPG (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for CNN)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_1366.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks at An Evening With Kathy Griffin at The GRAMMY Museum on November 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Host Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during The Equality Now's 'Make Equality Reality' Event at Montage Beverly Hills on November 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Equality Now)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Teri Hatcher and Kathy Griffin arrive at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Kathy Griffin attends the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars Benefit Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Kathy Griffin arrives at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TV personality Kathy Griffin arrives on the red carpet before the 2014 Best in Drag Show at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on October 5, 2014. The show which sees contestants from all over the US raises money for the Aid for AIDS and Alliance for Housing and Healing charities. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
TIBURON, CA - AUGUST 23: Kathy Griffin emcees the 3rd Annual Hotbed Benefit hosted by the Drever Family Foundation on August 23, 2014 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)
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