06/05/2012 09:27 pm ET Updated Jun 06, 2012

Obama In LA For LGBT Fundraisers: Two Events Will Tie Up Westside Traffic

President Barack Obama's historic display of support for gay marriage equality is paying off handsomely for him in California.

Los Angeles is rolling out the rainbow carpet for President Obama Wednesday for two fundraising events: the annual LGBT Leadership Council's gala, a fundraising event that gathers Obama's biggest LGBT supporters in the Los Angeles area, and a private dinner hosted by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and his fiance David Miller.


The gala was originally scheduled at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and had to be moved to the more spacious Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel to accomodate higher ticket demand after Obama's announcement that he supported gay marriage rights in early May.

Entrance to the sold-out event started at $1,250 and topped out at $25,000 per couple, which included name recognition in the event program, a photo with the President and preferred seating for two. There are no more seats available, but hopefuls can still sign up for a waiting list.

TV "Glee" star Darren Criss, who plays an openly gay high school student in the show, will be providing the evening's entertainment, the Los Angeles Times confirmed.

After the gala, the President will be appearing at Murphy and Miller's more intimate affair -- a fundraising dinner priced at $40,000 per couple or $25,000 for a single ticket.

Here's what's known about the President's schedule so far:

Wednesday, June 6

  • 3:15 p.m.: The President leaves San Francisco (SFO airport) and heads to Los Angeles.
  • 4:20 p.m.: The President arrives at LAX.
  • 7:15 p.m.: The President will deliver remarks at the LGBT Leadership Council's gala.
  • 8:55 p.m.: The President will deliver remarks at Ryan Murphy's private fundraiser.

The President will then spend the night in Los Angeles before departing for Las Vegas, Nev. on official, non-campaign business, reports the Sacramento Bee.

As usual, White House security detail and local law enforcement will not release the President's specific route throughout Los Angeles until a few hours before the events.

An alert from the Beverly Hills Police Department only warns that there will be traffic delays and "intermittent street closures" around Century City and Beverly Hills in the late afternoon and through the evening hours.

The President's June visit comes on the heels of a trip in May to attend actor George Clooney's fundraising dinner. Clooney's fundraiser raised $15 million, a record-breaking sum for the President's re-election fund.



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