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 About Us

What is OurTownLA?

A search engine for residents and visitors, and a promotional tool for Los Angeles LGBTQ+ nonprofits, arts and athletic groups to recruit and connect with clients, donors and/or volunteers.

OurTownLA Features:

Searchable, A-Z and Categorized listings for LGBTQ+ individuals to match:

  • THOSE IN NEED OF VITAL SERVICES to service providers
  • DONORS to well-deserving LA LGBTQ+ charities
  • VOLUNTEERS to groups and their upcoming events
  • THOSE WISHING TO BE ENTERTAINED AND EDUCATED with art events, information seminars and classes
  • ATHLETES with athletic groups and events

CALENDAR of fundraisers*, major artistic performances and shows*, fairs and annual observances for:

  • INDIVIDUALS: a guide to community events and observances
  • COMMUNITY LEADERS: a reference when deciding on a date for their upcoming events

Other features include:

  • HOMEPAGE SLIDESHOW featuring upcoming LGBTQ+ events with links to more info
  • CALENDAR listings for Support Groups, Volunteer Opportunities, Social Groups and Adult Education/Training
  • CALENDAR SUBSCRIPTION to receive weekly agendas via email

*Due to high demand and limited space on the calendar, you are encouraged to check individual organizations calendars for non-fundraising events and smaller artistic performances.

Origins: First Site

There are now 3 OurTown city nonprofits - San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  All are managed by unpaid volunteers. 

In 2001 Walgreen's at 18th & Castro began to offer free advertising space in their windows for multiple weeks to nonprofits in order to promote their mission, recruit volunteers and advertise upcoming events. was created by Paul Margolis in October 2013 to fill the need to connect our community and their service providers. Information listed was submitted by groups or copied from their website and/or Facebook pages where it was categorized and made easy to find.  The website has been replaced by a Facebook page which includes a Google document listing groups serving San Francisco.  It, along with the Nonprofit Window at Walgreens, are now handled by Gary Poe. was created in 2015 by David H after meeting Paul on a cruise to Australia. It is a vital part of LA's LGBTQ+ community with categorized and searchable nonprofit listings, a searchable events calendar​ and weekly subscription to receive an agenda of upcoming events via email. was created by Paul Margolis in 2024 after he relocated to the San Diego area.