In 1983, a gay man was shot and killed outside a gay bar in Highland Park. Realtor Gus DiClairo, owner of Uptown Properties, was a friend of the slain man and called his friends together for a meeting to protest the relative inaction of the Los Angeles Police Department in the case. From that meeting, Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance was born.

UGLA is a California non-profit corporation and is listed as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. From its inception, UGLA has maintained adherence to its mission statement: "The Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance is a charitable and educational non-profit service organization. Primary goals are to provide a support system for lesbians and gay men and education for individuals and the community-at-large on the true nature of homosexuality."

UGLA encompasses the communities of Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, and Mt. Washington. However, members also reside in Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Heights, Glendale, Lincoln Heights, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, Silverlake, South Pasadena, and other neighboring communities. UGLA builds community and establishes a support network for gay men and lesbians living in the northeast area of Los Angeles in the following ways:

Monthly Mixers
Generally, on the 2nd Sunday afternoon of each month (from 2-5pm), UGLA holds a Mixer. This is a potluck event usually held in an UGLA member's private home. At these events, those in attendance socialize, catch-up on the latest neighborhood and personal news, and listen to a community or special interest speaker. UGLA supplies all beverages and door prizes.

The Mixers are free to members and a donation of $5.00 is requested of guests. Everyone is requested to bring a potluck dish to feed at least 6 people. Mixer attire is casual. You may call UGLA at (323) 258-8842 for Mixer information.

Monthly Newsletter
UGLA's monthly newsletter is a worthy organization effort and is sent to all members at the first of the month. UGLA members write, edit, format, and mail it. The newsletter has information on UGLA's activities and contains advertisements.

Interaction with other groups in the area
The northeast area of Los Angeles has many active neighborhood groups and UGLA supports many of these groups by taking a membership, attending functions, and participating in their events. Some of the groups in which UGLA is a member are:

  • Arroyo Arts Collective
  • BLEND
  • The Eagle Rock Association
  • Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Eagle Rock Elementary PTA
  • Friends of the Arroyo Seco Library
  • Glassell Park Improvement Association
  • Highland Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Highland Park Heritage Trust
  • Los Angeles Police Historical Society
  • Mt. Washington Association
  • Mt. Washington Homeowner's Alliance

Adopt-a-Highway
For 12 years UGLA participated in the CALTRANS Adopt-a-Highway program by adopting a two mile stretch of northbound Interstate 5, from the Fletcher Drive on-ramp to the top of the Los Feliz off-ramp.

Special Events
During the year, UGLA sponsors special events. These range from our Holiday Party in December to our fund raisers and special social events.

We have an annual picnic, an annual installation, swim parties, and UGLA Nights (or Days) Out. The "Night Out" could be a trip to the Hollywood Bowl, the Getty Museum, a Harbor Cruise, a summer dance, a play, or a concert.

Fund Raising
UGLA is self-supporting through its own efforts and the generosity of its members. For over 15 years, we have held an annual Cabaret to raise funds. This talent revue is held in October of each year and is one of UGLA's most successful efforts at raising money.

Charitable Programs
UGLA's charitable giving is done through Community Grants and Matching Funds Program.

Matching Funds
One of the most important community outreaches is UGLA's Matching Funds Program. Members are encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity through UGLA. The member sends the donation to UGLA and, upon a vote of the Board, UGLA matches the amount of the member's donation and sends a check for double the member's donation to the charitable organization.

Community Grants
UGLA also gives Community Grants directly to deserving 501(c)(3) organizations by a vote of the Board.

Planned Giving
UGLA has financial advisors, lawyers, and professional accountants available to assist anyone who wishes to include UGLA in their will.

UGLA's contingent in the Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade