Trans* Lounge Membership

PROGRAM LIBRARY

Check out all of the awesome workshops, labs and groups listed below and rate each one based on your level of interest.
(Rating Options: Very Interested, Somewhat Interested, Slightly Interested, Not Interested At All)

NOTE Visitors may view program descriptions, but you must be logged-in to your membership account to access interactive features and apply ratings.

Trans* Lounge does not schedule these programs randomly. Rather, programs will only be scheduled when they achieve a requisite number of  high (Very Interested) member ratings. Members who rate each program with the highest ratings will be given priority enrollment privileges in order to ensure that they are able to attend.

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  • Circle of Renewal

    Discovering Your Spiritual Path

    Circle of Renewal

    Discovering Your Spiritual Path

    Wellness and self-care comes in so many forms, and sometimes we can neglect our spiritual selves. Spirituality can be especially hard to cultivate when our true selves aren’t welcome in certain religious and spiritual spaces. This can leave us feeling like we have to discover our spiritual paths alone. Here is a group where you can join with your gender-expansive siblings to explore those spiritual possibilities together, without judgement or restriction.

    Our journeys as trans/GNC/ENBY people can be seen in a spiritual frame as well: transformation, rebirth, and quests are integral parts of religion, mythology, and folklore the world over and stories are the oldest tradition humanity has.

    Using facilitated discussion, activities and stories, this group will provide a space for folx to gather to discuss and explore spirituality and the ways it relates to their own lives. In this group we will explore those stories – mythical, legendary and personal – along with various traditions to better understand ourselves and the world around us.

    This group is non-denominational and is not associated with any specific ideology. It is a space dedicated to radical acceptance of all individuals and ideas. Please bring your own ideas and stories you’d like explore communally!

     


     

    INSTRUCTOR
    Juniper Morgan (they/them) is a non-binary artist who seeks to understand themself and the world around them. Their studies have included martial arts, music, theater, writing, and mythology. Introspective and philosophical, they have taken their transition as an opportunity to find a closer connection with their own form of faith. Since they weren’t raised religious they have defined for themself what they believe about those parts of our world which aren’t empirical or rational. For them, transition is an inherently spiritual act. They hope to learn much more through conversations with other trans people about their relationships with faith.

  • Dream Makers

    What Your Dreams Mean to You

    Dream Makers

    What Your Dreams Mean to You

    Anyone stumbling into a dream with eyes open, suddenly finds his or her life transformed beyond recognition.” – Malcolm Godwin, author of The Lucid Dreamer

    Do you wake up wishing you retained more of your dreams? Do you believe dreams have the power to illuminate truths about your waking life? Is lucid dreaming a skill you’d like to develop?

    Trans* Lounge would like to help you find the answers you seek with a new and exciting class entitled Dream Makers – What Your Dreams Mean to You. This single session workshop is a safe, non-judgmental space for trans*/ENBY/GNC dreamers to gather and explore the amazing world of dream interpretation. Along with sharing your dreams, you will learn how to help others interpret their dreams and develop techniques to recall dreams.

    Facilitated by Acutonics Level 3-certified sound therapist (and fellow dreamer) Alex Schechter, this dynamic class will take you through a brief guided sound meditation, followed by a lively and soulful discussion about the nature of our dream world.

    The goal of this class is to provide you with a richer, more awakened dream experience, and by extension, a better understanding of your reality.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Alex Schechter is a 300-hour certified yoga instructor and meditation instructor. He is also a Level II Acutonics-certified sound therapist who works with mantra, music, and planet-calibrated tuning forks to offer one-on-one sessions. With a background in classical piano, he applies the same principles of discipline, intuition, and emotional breadth to his meditation practice. In 2017, he relocated from Brooklyn and currently resides in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Alex Schechter

  • Embodied Relief

    A Self-Massage Workshop

    Embodied Relief

    A Self-Massage Workshop

    Want to learn how to reconnect with your body and contribute to your own healing? The Trans* Lounge, and non-binary licensed massage therapist Aunjel want to help you take hold of your healing journey through this new and exciting, guided self-massage workshop.

    Self-massage is known to positively impact dissociative tendencies, increase self-compassion, reduce fatigue, and combat chronic pain. Sensations such as pain, are the body’s way of signaling that something isn’t quite right. When the body is advocating for itself in this way, who better to show up for it than you!

    By granting your body the opportunity to share and feel heard, you will learn the skills and techniques needed to become both your best advocate and the healer. You will use self-massage techniques and a mindfulness approach to better know how to acknowledge sensation without judgment, safely reconnect with your body, and effectively combat pain.

    This 90-minute workshop will provide all necessary tools you will need to soothe and heal yourself whenever needed. You do not need a background in massage and we welcome people of all levels of mobility. Come embody the relief you’ve been searching for.

    CLASS REQUIREMENT: Participants should come in clothing in which they can easily stretch in.


     

    INSTRUCTOR
    Aunjel Fullington (he/him) is a Black, non-binary licensed massage therapist based in Los Angeles, California. His private practice, Transformative Massage, provides bodywork and self-care education that is trauma-informed, body-positive, and accessible. Through Transformative Massage, individual healing becomes communal healing with a portion of all massages helping to sponsor bodywork for LGBTQI+ individuals who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

    Aunjel has studied trauma-informed practices for over a decade and has received advanced bodywork training both domestically and internationally. A firm believer in the power of touch, Aunjel is committed to creating greater access to self-care through massage.

     

     

  • Juggle for Wellness

    A Juggling Workshop to Benefit Body & Mind

    Juggle for Wellness

    A Juggling Workshop to Benefit Body & Mind

    Juggle for Wellness is a class focused on teaching the basics of 3 ball juggling to the LGBT+ community. It’s a fun portable workout that can be done alone or shared with friends. Our workshop is 90 minutes long and is set to fun upbeat music. We provide the juggling balls that you will use during the class, so all that you need to bring with you is yourself in clothes that you comfortable being active in.

    The workshop begins with a brief summary about the benefits of juggling and the logistics of the 3 Ball Cascade. Then, we get everyone up and involved as we do a quick hands‐on introduction and warm up. As a group, we start with one ball, work up to two balls, then continue with 3 balls, giving one‐on‐one attention as needed. Once we establish a rhythm with our students and they are ready to move beyond the 3 Ball Cascade we will begin to teach other juggling patterns and tricks. Near the end of the class we will bring out other props for the class to use. Including: Juggling Scarves, Juggling Rings, Spinning Plates, Buugeng and Contact Juggling Balls.

    Juggling has many benefits that include, but are not limited to:

    • Sharpens focus and concentration
    • Increases dexterity and coordination
    • It is a great cardiovascular workout and is one of the most relaxing forms of aerobic exercise
    • Helps fight anxiety and depression
    • It is a portable workout
    • It is Scientifically proven to increase both white and grey matter in your brain
    • Studies suggest that juggling helps prevent Alzheimer’s
    • Engages problem solving skills
    • Helps to relieve stress

    Juggle for Wellness is a fun, fast paced workshop that is sure to bring you a few laughs, smiles, and wins! What typically begins with a group of quiet individuals will end with a lively group of people laughing, smiling, juggling, learning and growing.


    INSTRUCTORS
    Delia Danae Rawdon is an out and visible Transgender Woman living in Los Angeles. She works as an Actress and Performance Artist. Delia enjoys expansive scenic views, object manipulation and family days in the park. She is an Advocate for the LGBT community and continuously strives to break through the social constructs and barriers that society has put upon us.

    Sarah Rawdon is a CIS gender woman living in Los Angeles. She works as a Project Manager for a Health Care IT firm and is on the Global Steering Committee for LGBT Employees within her Organization. She is a Queer Advocate that enjoys Vintage Fashion, performing Flow Arts and spending time with her family. She has been in a committed relationship with Delia since long before she transitioned, and they have three amazing children together. Their objective is to help other couples and families not only survive through transition but thrive long throughout transition.

     

     

     

  • Making Sense of Your Dollars

    Financial Literacy for our Community

    Making Sense of Your Dollars

    Financial Literacy for our Community

    Living in Southern California, saving for surgeries, medications or the myriad of other expenses that our community must endure means that financial literacy for Trans/GNC/ENBY folks is more crucial than ever.

    In this new, unique 2-part financial literacy workshop, you will learn the basics of budgeting, best practices to help you save your money, as well as how to invest that nest egg, if you so desire and how to financially prepare for retirement.

    This workshop is designed to be interactive, so come with plenty of questions and a desire to make your money start working for you. The class is split into two 90-minute class sessions, but the unique part is that your second session won’t take place for SIX MONTHS. In the first workshop, you will explore ways to handle your money more efficiently and set, reasonable, attainable goals. Your second class will reconvene six months later to review your strategies and discuss as a group, the outcome of your financial goals.

    Class requirement:


    INSTRUCTOR
    Kery Ramirez is a trans native Angelino who has a strong background in visual arts, organizing, and business. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in finance.

    Kery loves to read anything related to finance and has successfully budgeted, saved, and invested his money. He wants to share his knowledge with his trans/GNC/ENBY family.

     

    Format: 2-part lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Kery Ramirez

  • Mindful Self-Care

    A Meditation Workshop and Soundbath

    Mindful Self-Care

    A Meditation Workshop and Soundbath


    On top of all the difficulties we face in our day-today lives, we can sometimes be our own worst enemy by forgetting to practice self-care. Join trans meditation teacher, Martin Vitorino of InsightLA and the Trans* Lounge as we take time to flip the script and help you to become a better friend to yourself, through indulging and nurturing your mind and heart. In this 90-minute workshop you’ll get to experience a sound bath and practice mindfulness meditations for your heart, body and soul. Come give yourself some care. You deserve it!

    Meditation is an opportunity to be mindful of what is happening in the present moment and be kind to ourselves, regardless of how we might be thinking or feeling. It is also a way to explore offering ourselves tenderness and compassion.

    In this restorative workshop there will be a lightly guided meditation, opportunities to share your experience of transition – both the challenges and the celebrations – in larger group discussion and/or in small groups, and a restorative and healing sound bath. You’ll have a chance to rest in the soothing sounds of a handpan performance by Krista Benson.

    Regardless of where you are in your gender journey, this is a place to let go and just be!

     


     

    INSTRUCTORS
    Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. leads a meditation group for trans people called “Mindful Transitions” that focuses on self-compassion and community connection. He serves as Director of Programming at InsightLA, a mindfulness meditation organization. He is a volunteer organizer of heart-centered retreats for trans men and masculine-identified folks. His activism centers healing from shame and work that uproots systems of oppression such as white supremacy and patriarchy. He earned a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.

     

    Krista Benson Through melodies she plays on her Nirvana handpan, Krista Benson transposes sound resonance healing to bath listeners in ethereal energy. Tap into the power of deep relaxation and active listening to wash away stress and anxiety in a unique sound bath experience.

  • Moving Pictures

    Basics of Animation for Your Imagination

    Moving Pictures

    Basics of Animation for Your Imagination

    In this new and exciting 6-part lab, you will study and utilize the principals of animation to bring your drawings to life through a sequence of hand drawn images. You will learn to give your drawings a sense of weight and movement while utilizing creative timing to effectively to create smooth animation.

    The class will come together to brainstorm storyboards and create a collaborative class sequence. By the end of this class, you will leave armed with a knowledge of the steps and techniques employed to create an animated cartoon.

    You don’t need to have an artistic background or animation experience to take this class. If you are an artist, your instructor would love to see your work. You can send a link to your portfolio to Trans* Lounge Program Manager Gina Bigham at [email protected].

    Class requirement:
    You will need a smart phone and must download the app “Stop Motion Studio” to participate in this class. Light boxes and all other materials will be provided.


    INSTRUCTOR
    D. Stewart is an animation director with a passion for comedy and zany storytelling. Inspired by superheroes and Saturday morning cartoons from a young age, Stewart spent childhood making flip books, entering art contests, programming games, and attending comic classes at the library before attending the College for Creative Studies. Stewart attained a BFA in Character and Experimental Animation in 2015 and has taught animation classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center, College for Creative Studies, and Hands for Hope LA.

    Stewart also worked as a Clean-Up Artist on an episode of “HarmonQuest” and has had their work shown in both the Hiroshima and Annecy International Film Festivals. Stewart’s current projects include “Coffee Shop Smack Down”, a video game about a disgruntled, chronically late employee who must fight his way to the front of a coffee shop line in order to keep his job, and “Vamps’ Scamps”, a series about a vampire who suddenly finds himself in charge of a run-down orphanage after causing the freak accident that takes its owner out of the picture.

    When not working on a project, Stewart can typically be found eating, breathing, and counting moments of lost productivity before falling asleep.

     

     

    Format: 6-part lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: D. Stewart

  • NodeSchool

    An Introduction to coding with Javascript and Node.js

    NodeSchool

    An Introduction to coding with Javascript and Node.js

    Web developers are in high demand these days. Coding is a wave of future that you can learn TODAY. Trans* Lounge would like to help point you in the right direction for your future with this new and interactive web development workshop.

    In this collaborative, 3-part, weekend workshop; you are going to learn how to get set up with Node.js; which is a Javascript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 Javascript engine. ‘Node’ is currently in high-demand by employers in software engineering and is being used by your instructor in his position at Rotten Tomatoes because it has significantly sped up their web page load time and streamlines API development. Node.js will also make you a stronger Javascript developer because you are able to write Javascript code for your application’s front-end and server.

    Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment that executes JavaScript code outside of a browser. It comes with a versatile and expansive package manager called ’npm’ which you will be using in addition to version control with ‘git’ and github to help keep track of your work and collaborate as a team. While it’s a plus if you know some JavaScript beforehand, please note that it is not a requirement.  You will also be using Slack for in-class and remote communication. You will configure the class Slack channel together as a group.  Lastly, students will be working on coding challenges in pairs and as a class.

    While web development may seem daunting, it’s an amazing field with lots of earning potential. We want everyone to not only feel welcome but inspired to take an active role in finding a new and exciting career. This is a beginner class, so everyone is here to learn so there are no egos and no questions that are too silly to ask!

    CLASS REQUIREMENTS:

    • Apple (mac) laptop in good working condition w/software up to date etc.
    • Some knowledge of computers, technology, the Internet

     Please Download and Install these applications onto your laptop:

    Create an account on the following websites:


    INSTRUCTOR
    Aaron Goldsmith (He/Him) identifies as trans-queer and is a full-stack engineer for Rotten Tomatoes. He has been writing code for about the last six years. His background is mainly in Javascript and Node.js, but he has experience with Ruby, Python, Java, and C++ as well. He has also recently worked on some open source projects pertaining to VR and blockchain technology.

    Through his experience, he has found that a solid understanding of programming language fundamentals is crucial to success in software engineering; as well as a strong mental approach, so he tries to practice mindfulness and relaxation everyday with things like Qi Gong, skateboarding, and video games (Overwatch!).

    Format: 3-part lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Aaron Goldsmith

Workshops

  • All About Estrogen

    Everything You Need to Know About Hormones

    All About Estrogen

    Everything You Need to Know About Hormones

    Beginning hormone therapy can be overwhelming and incredibly intimidating. But, done correctly and with the guidance of a trained physician, hormones can act as the fuel that powers your amazing journey toward true self-expression.

    Led by the head of the Center’s Trans Health Program, Dr. Ward Carpenter, M.D., this information packed workshop will arm you with all the information you need in order to act as your fiercest advocate as you and your physician step into the life-long experience of hormone therapy.

    By the end of this course, all of your questions will be answered and you will be armed with knowledge that will allow you to partner with your physician and drive your hormonal journey toward a future in-which you can finally live your genuine, authentic and beautiful truth.


    PRESENTER
    Dr. Ward Carpenter, M.D. is a Board Certified Internist and expert in HIV Medicine, Transgender Medicine and LGBT Primary Care.  He earned his medical degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and did his residency training in Medicine-Pediatrics at St Vincent’s Hospital in New York City.  He started his career at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in NY, one of the premier LGBT health centers in the country.

    In 2013, Dr Carpenter moved to Los Angeles and returned to his LGBT community health roots, accepting a position as the Director of Primary Care at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  In this role, he continues to expand and optimize the Center’s offerings in primary care, HIV treatment and prevention, and transgender health.

    Format: Single Session Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Dr. Ward Carpenter, M.D.

  • All About Testosterone

    Everything You Need to Know About Hormones

    All About Testosterone

    Everything You Need to Know About Hormones

    Beginning hormone therapy can be overwhelming and incredibly intimidating. But, done correctly and with the guidance of a trained physician, hormones can act as the fuel that powers your amazing journey toward true self-expression.

    Led by the head of the Center’s Trans Health Program, Dr. Ward Carpenter, M.D., this information packed workshop will arm you with all the information you need in order to act as your fiercest advocate as you and your physician step into the life-long experience of hormone therapy.

    By the end of this course, all of your questions will be answered and you will be armed with knowledge that will allow you to partner with your physician and drive your hormonal journey toward a future in-which you can finally live your genuine, authentic and masculine truth.


    PRESENTER
    Dr. Ward Carpenter, M.D. is a Board Certified Internist and expert in HIV Medicine, Transgender Medicine and LGBT Primary Care.  He earned his medical degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and did his residency training in Medicine-Pediatrics at St Vincent’s Hospital in New York City.  He started his career at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in NY, one of the premier LGBT health centers in the country.

    In 2013, Dr Carpenter moved to Los Angeles and returned to his LGBT community health roots, accepting a position as the Director of Primary Care at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  In this role, he continues to expand and optimize the Center’s offerings in primary care, HIV treatment and prevention, and transgender health.

    Format: Single Session Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Dr. Ward Carpenter, M.D.

  • Breath, Body & Soul

    A WEEKLY Feel Good Yoga Flow

    Breath, Body & Soul

    A WEEKLY Feel Good Yoga Flow

    Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India over 2,500 years ago. It is a mind-body practice that emphasizes breath integration. Yoga has many meanings including to unite, to tie together the strands of the mind and to attain something that was previously unattainable.

    This WEEKLY DROP-IN class is a vinyasa flow yoga class that includes dynamic stretching and cardio incorporated into yoga poses (asana) with an emphasis on linking breath with movement. Students of all levels and beginners are welcome. Poses can be modified to accommodate physical ability, limitations and injuries. Benefits of regular yoga include physical conditioning, weight loss, increased strength and stamina, management of depression and anxiety.

    Yoga is simple, yet profound. Yoga poses can be thought of as “a container for our experience”. By practicing yoga, you learn to trust yourself, appreciate your body and stay present in the moment, even when you are feeling challenged. We know that yoga classes can be challenging and even a little intimidating. In this class, you can expect to move, breathe, sweat, smile and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals in a SAFE, non-judgmental space.

    Class requirements: Students are advised to wear comfortable clothing that they can move and stretch in. Students should also bring water and a towel. Yoga mats are available to borrow or students may bring their own.


    INSTRUCTORS

    Lauren Peterson started practicing yoga in the late 1980’s. Yoga asana, beautifully combined the spacial expression they had developed, from a career as a dancer, with the interest they had in philosophy and mindfulness.

    Craving more knowledge, Lauren began to study with Iyengar teacher, Herb Sandoval, and Ana Forrest, the creator of Forrest Yoga. In the early 1990’s, they did their first teacher training with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford at Yoga Works, and Maty invited Lauren to join the teaching staff there. During this time Lauren did numerous workshops with senior teachers including, Dona Holleman, Gabriella Giubilaro, Kofi Busia, Aadil Palkhivala, Eddie Modestini, Bryan Kest, Richard Freeman, Shandor Remete, Tim Miller, Rodney Yee, and Patricia Walden.

    At Yoga Works, Lauren eventually settled on ashtanga yoga, with Chuck Miller, as their primary practice. Chuck instructed hem through advanced “B”, or fourth series in the ashtanga system. They also studied in Boulder, Colorado with Richard Freeman. Richard showed Lauren the first five poses on the fifth series. In the early 2000’s Lauren first traveled to Mysore, India to study with Patthabi Jois and has studied with his grandson Sharath on several occasions. While at Yoga Works, Lauren also taught at Malibu Fitness, where they teach to this day, and has kept a steady clientele of private clients.

    Lauren has been featured in the television series Healing Quest, and in Yoga Journal Magazine, for the yoga program they started at the Monte Nido Eating Disorders Center. Lauren has been seen in numerous yoga magazines and calendars and is honored to be in the definitive book on yoga asana, “Yoga” a Yoga Journal Book, by Linda Sparrowe and David Martinez. Lauren is also the creator of “The
    Yogi’s Companion”, a yoga practice CD, which was picked “editor’s choice” by Yoga Journal Magazine. They were featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show, doing scorpion pose with a hat, (you can google it). Lauren also instructs teacher trainings, ashtanga and vinyasa workshops nationwide.

    Lauren is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and as a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Yoga Education Provider).

    Ginée Nicole Arreguin has been a lover of  movement since the day she was born. If she had to put an age to it, she started ballet and jazz classes at 5 years old. Quickly branching out into hip hop and cheerleading and then dance team in high school. In college she took a few dance classes and even performed one last time (or was it the last?!)
    She took her first yoga class during this time and while she thought she might die, one thing was for sure, It wouldn’t be her last time in a yoga pose. It wasn’t until she moved to Los Angeles in 2013 that she dipped her toes back into the yoga world and that’s when it stuck.

    She has just finished her 200 hr. instructor training at One Down Dog in Silver Lake and she is eager to take what she has learned and share this beautiful practice with the Trans* Lounge. Yoga is so much more than Asana and she hopes to bring that into each class.


    Format:  
    Weekly-Drop In Class
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment Fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenters: Lauren Peterson & Ginée Nicole Arreguin

     

  • Bringing Out Your Beauty; Level II

    Advanced Makeup Technique

    Bringing Out Your Beauty; Level II

    Advanced Makeup Technique


    Navigating all of the tips, tricks and hacks of makeup application can be a difficult and often frustrating endeavor. Books, magazines and on-line tutorials make application look so effortless, but who is there for you if you have questions or less than suitable results? That would be the Trans* Lounge. We have developed Bringing Out Your Beauty; Level II – Advanced Makeup Techniques as a continuation of our beginner makeup workshop. It is designed for those who have taken our Level I class or have a basic understanding of makeup application and want to expand their horizons by learning advanced rules and guidelines needed to present the perfect look, whether it’s daytime, evening-time or anytime.

    In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will focus on advanced techniques for eyes, brows, lips and much more. You will also learn about facial structure and what sort of contouring and shadowing works best for you. Your instructor is there for you with in class demonstrations and a wealth of information to help you emphasize your best features and de-emphasize what you want to hide. Best of all, unlike magazines and on-line tutorials, you can have any of those nagging questions you might have answered on the spot.

    Requirement: Students must provide their own make-up basics. Basics include: foundation, powder, eyeliner, eye-shadow, eyebrow pencil, mascara, blush, lip liner, lipstick and a hair tie/scrunchie. Students will learn techniques by applying make-up to their own faces, so it is highly recommended that they arrive for class barefaced (clean face with no make-up). Please note that if you are uncomfortable with being barefaced in public, we ask that you arrive early to class, (we will provide make-up removing wipes), so you can take off your make-up upon arrival.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Kevin Spencer (The Glam Tech) began his career in makeup hitting the ground running. Spencer was a make-up artist for many years and decided to enhance, strengthen and refine his craft by attending the Napolean Perdis Make-up Academy. While in school, Spencer had the opportunity to expand his repertoire of make-up looks by receiving hands on training both in the classroom and in the field assisting with local fashion shows during LA Fashion Week, other local designers and photographers. Spencer was honored for his skills by receiving the Artist of Distinction award from the Napoleon Perdis Make-up Academy. Once completing his training, Spencer has been busy still doing runway work and editorial work. Spencer demonstrates his commitment to his craft by being flexible, creative, imaginative and collaborative in order to make his clients make-up vision come true.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Kevin Spencer

  • Come As You Are

    Meditation for a Healthier, Fuller and Self-Aware Life

    Come As You Are

    Meditation for a Healthier, Fuller and Self-Aware Life

    This is a series of meditation class open to all levels of practitioners. You may have a regular meditation practice, you may have meditated once years ago, or you may never have heard of meditation. You may be religious, you may not be. You may feel in need of inner guidance, you may already feel just fine. Wherever you’re at—you are welcome here.

    These open-level meditation classes are designed with the communal experience in mind. During class, you will learn various methods for not only meditation and breathing, but you will also draw from your own personal experiences to build a foundation of trust and accountability. Through this lens, we encourage discussion, journaling, storytelling, and other group activities as a way to sharpen our meditation practice.

    Each session of Come As You Are will focus on a specific theme. Themes include…

    • Pranayama
      A crash course in some of the basic breathing techniques used in yoga: from incremental breath, to alternate nostril breathing, and kapalabhati.
    • Counting the Breath
      This is great for meditating in a pinch. In this class, we will learn how the simple practice of counting breaths can be a challenging, yet accessible, way for beginners to tune in.
    • Meditating on the Concept of Fulfillment
      In this class, we will focus on the qualities of fulfillment, and use meditation as a tool to understand how we can claim more control over our own fulfillment.
    • Mantra—Chanting, Vibration, and Sound
      Meditation isn’t always about sitting in silence! Using sacred chants and (yes) music can be a powerful way to connect to Spirit.
    • Focus—Meditating on Colors
      If meditation is a practice of concentration, how can we better develop those qualities? In this class, we will use the colors of the rainbow to experiment with the practice of dharana and dhyana.
    • Journaling
      When we begin to experience the clarity that comes from meditation, journaling can complement our practice, and help us go deeper. In this class, we will pair periods of meditation with brief journaling exercises.
    • Meditating on the Concept of Inner Strength
      What does inner strength mean? What does it look like? What are you actually afraid of? These questions can reveal where there’s space for us to grow, and strength can be a result of that investigation.
    • Meditating on the Concept of Joy
      If we can truly love this moment—and all others in between—then we might have an easier time approaching the world from a place of joy. In this class, we will meditate on that single emotion, and see what comes up.

    In the Yoga Sutras Ch. 1, it says “When an individual has achieved complete understanding of his true self, he will no longer be disturbed by the distracting influences within and around him.” In this way, we approach meditation as an act of self-investigation. Meditation is a powerful tool that has many applications towards living a healthier, fuller, more aware life. In this class, we will support each other in taking the first step towards greater self-awareness, and find comfort in the fact that meditation—contrary to popular belief—can be a gratifying, loving, and even pleasurable pursuit.

     


    INSTRUCTOR
    Alex Schechter is a 300-hour certified yoga instructor and meditation instructor. He is also a Level II Acutonics-certified sound therapist who works with mantra, music, and planet-calibrated tuning forks to offer one-on-one sessions. With a background in classical piano, he applies the same principles of discipline, intuition, and emotional breadth to his meditation practice. In 2017, he relocated from Brooklyn and currently resides in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Alex Schechter

  • Defending You

    Basics of Self-Defense

    Defending You

    Basics of Self-Defense

    It’s an exciting time for the trans and GNC communities but with added visibility means we must always remain aware and vigilant. Being prepared for any and all situations is a must to today’s world, so Trans* Lounge is pleased to offer “Defending You – The Basics of Self-Defense” to show you ways to protect yourself without having to rely solely on physical strength.

    In this exciting new workshop which mixes demonstration and participation, you will learn techniques to protect yourself from threats but also how to defuse potentially dangerous situations before they even occur. Being aware of your surroundings and confident in your abilities to defend yourself can not only bring you a new sense of calm but that piece of mind can also help you achieve a self-reliance you didn’t even know you had.

    While this workshop will be draw heavily on martial arts techniques, this is not a martial arts class! All techniques and materials are taught with the intent of deescalating a situation and keeping you safe and out of harm’s way.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Juniper Morgan (they/them) has been practicing numerous forms of martial arts for over half of their life. Juniper is a voracious learner and is passionate about sharing the training and disciplines they have learned to help keep their community safe and in control.

    Juniper has instructed students from ages 7 to 70. Juniper has led workshops for the Los Angeles LGBT Center at CineArte, a queer latin/a arts festival and also at Trans Pride LA.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Juniper Morgan

  • Doc Talk – Trans* Surgery

    Q&A with a Doctor About GRS

    Doc Talk – Trans* Surgery

    Q&A with a Doctor About GRS

    For many trans* individuals, the most anticipated yet feared part of their transition journey is having gender reassignment surgery (GRS). Just thinking about GRS can be daunting and overwhelming, but like any medical procedure, patients need to inform and educate themselves in order to be able to advocate for their own wellbeing and understand all the various aspects of what they will be going through.

    • What exactly is going to be done?
    • What is the healing process like?
    • What can I do to prepare for the surgery?
    • Are there side effects from the surgery that I should look out for?

    This workshop will provide you with all the basic information about GRS as well as the answers to these and any other questions you may have.

    Why hunt across the internet for information when you can sit with other trans* people and a licensed professional ready to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

    Format: Forum

    Pre-enrollment: Required

    Enrollment fee: Free

    Scheduling: Presenters Availability

    Presenter: Dr. Marci L. Bowers, MD

  • Dream Makers

    What Your Dreams Mean to You

    Dream Makers

    What Your Dreams Mean to You

    Anyone stumbling into a dream with eyes open, suddenly finds his or her life transformed beyond recognition.” – Malcolm Godwin, author of The Lucid Dreamer

    Do you wake up wishing you retained more of your dreams? Do you believe dreams have the power to illuminate truths about your waking life? Is lucid dreaming a skill you’d like to develop?

    Trans* Lounge would like to help you find the answers you seek with a new and exciting class entitled Dream Makers – What Your Dreams Mean to You. This single session workshop is a safe, non-judgmental space for trans*/ENBY/GNC dreamers to gather and explore the amazing world of dream interpretation. Along with sharing your dreams, you will learn how to help others interpret their dreams and develop techniques to recall dreams.

    Facilitated by Acutonics Level 3-certified sound therapist (and fellow dreamer) Alex Schechter, this dynamic class will take you through a brief guided sound meditation, followed by a lively and soulful discussion about the nature of our dream world.

    The goal of this class is to provide you with a richer, more awakened dream experience, and by extension, a better understanding of your reality.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Alex Schechter is a 300-hour certified yoga instructor and meditation instructor. He is also a Level II Acutonics-certified sound therapist who works with mantra, music, and planet-calibrated tuning forks to offer one-on-one sessions. With a background in classical piano, he applies the same principles of discipline, intuition, and emotional breadth to his meditation practice. In 2017, he relocated from Brooklyn and currently resides in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Alex Schechter

  • Express Yourself

    The Language of Fashion & Creating Your Personal Style

    Express Yourself

    The Language of Fashion & Creating Your Personal Style

    There is no one like you. You are unique and special and ready to show the world just how amazing you are, but in a world of ever-changing fashion trends, finding a style that just screams YOU or knowing what to wear to flatter your shape and boost your confidence can be quite a challenge.

    In this exciting, interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity for one on one time with your instructor/stylist and get the answers you seek to present the perfect style that shows off who you truly are. You will learn about recent fashions trends, a little history of fashion throughout the ages and be able to sit down with an image consultant who will share style tips to live by, so you know how to look your best no matter what the occasion or what’s in style. You will take part in fun and eye-opening discussions on body shapes and silhouettes, cuts, color and fabrication of fashions and how to meld that with your personality to create a personal style that not only has a positive effect on your appearance, but also your soul. You know what they say… “When you look good, you feel good”.

    Class Requirement: All we ask is that students come prepared with any questions or issues they might be having (nothing is off-limits) with their wardrobe or personal style. Students are also welcome to bring any of their favorite outfits to find some new and exciting ways to accentuate your wardrobe.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Allison Roth has a degree in fashion design from FIDM and lives in Los Angeles with her rescue Poodles, Rudie and Ellie. She has been a wardrobe stylist, makeup artist and image consultant and particularly enjoys artist development. Her mother taught her to love pretty things and to appreciate the stories behind them. She cut her teeth styling for her brother, David Lee Roth of the mighty Van Halen.

    She is a pop culture devotee and social history enthusiast. She loves using her fashion expertise to bring out the very best in each of her clients and empower them to be proud of their personal style whatever it may be.

    For more on Allison and her work, see allisonrothmakeup.com

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment Fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Allison Roth

  • Feminine Energy

    Defining the Woman You Are

    Feminine Energy

    Defining the Woman You Are

    This fun and empowering discussion-based workshop will allow you to explore your femininity and unleash your own form of self-expression. The world is filled with millions of different types of women and this course will teach you to search within your soul to discover exactly the type of woman you really are.

    This workshop allows you the opportunity to dig deep inside of yourself and learn how to harness and embrace your “feminine energy.” No topic is off-limits (respectfully, of course), so this is an amazing opportunity to ask questions and gain a fresh perspective to help you be the best you possible.

    Hopefully by the end of this course, you will have gotten in touch with your feminine soul and gain a clarity that will help you navigate your personal journey.

    *All work is done in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

     



    INSTRUCTOR

    Gina Bigham is Program Manager of the Trans* Lounge at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and a woman of trans* experience. Born and raised in San Francisco and a Los Angeles resident since 2009, she has proudly been an employee at the Center since 2011 and in that time, has become a staunch activist and advocate for the trans* community.

    Her path to the Center came from a desperate need for support when in 2009, she and a friend were disrespected and discriminated against by the LAPD. With nowhere to turn, they looked to the Center for help. After telling their story to the legal department, they were marched down to the Hollywood station where they (with the support of the Center) filed a complaint against the officer in question. For over a year, the Center provided legal counsel, aid and support as they took on the LAPD. In the end, after a court hearing in front of a judge, Gina and her friend were victorious in their complaint. Their victory would not have happened without the support of the Center. Gina was so inspired by that support and compassion that she knew she wanted to share that with her community. In 2011, after several tries to get her foot in the door at the Center, she finally secured a position in the Marketing/Communications Department. After two amazing years in “Mar/Com”, she made her way to the Cultural Arts and Education Department. While working in support of the Center’s adult education program, Learning Curve, Gina and former colleague Ruben Romo developed the format for the education and empowerment program known as Trans* Lounge, which launched in 2015 and has become a mainstay of trans programming at the Center.

    Along with her work with the Trans* Lounge, she has been one of the lead organizers of Trans* Pride LA, the Center’s annual celebration of the trans and gender queer communities since 2011. Through re-branding and reorganization, and by bringing in trans icons like Laverne Cox, Kate Bornstein and Aydian Dowling to Trans Pride LA, Gina has helped to turn Trans Pride into one of the preeminent trans* events in the country. Gina has also been a fixture as a facilitator of the Center’s popular Friday evening social networking group, Transgender Perceptions.

    In her off time, Gina has also been a source of empowerment for her community. In 2007, she co-founded a week long trans party in Las Vegas known as the WildSide Sin City Soiree that continues to this day. She adores spending time at the beach (#bikinilife) and quiet time at home with her cat, Trixxi. She is committed to empowering all that cross her path and her life goal is to simply make the trans journey as easy to navigate as possible for as many as possible.

    Format: Single Session Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Gina Bigham

  • Feminine Form

    Posture, Gesture & Attitude thru Belly Dance

    Feminine Form

    Posture, Gesture & Attitude thru Belly Dance

    This exciting, body-moving course will explore feminine posture, gesture and movement through belly dancing, known in other places as oriental cabaret. You will examine and practice basic stances, movements of the feet, knees, hips, arms and chest and their integration into the dance will be explained. At the end of the 2-hour course, you will be given a list of moves and a choreography to practice, along with references to various notable dancers so that feminine movement through belly dancing can be more understood.

    Please note that this is only an introductory 2-hour session and hopefully with practice one’s progress will continue. Belly dancing requires repeating the moves and gestures again and again.

    The class will begin with a brief history and description of the origins of the dancing we call belly dance. Some videos will also be presented. After a little inspiration, you will begin learning to get in tune with your body with the following…

    • Warm up exercises
    • Demonstration of basic moves
    • Guided practice of basic moves
    • Sequencing of these same moves into a choreography
    • Continued practice of the moves with the music

    In this first workshop; it is most important to get comfortable with each move before moving on to the next. Also, your instructor will progress through each movement slowly and give you fair warning before changes to the next move. It is nice to be able to relax and enjoy each movement as we progress through the class and beyond.

    By the end of the session, we hope you will have a better relationship with your body and how to move in a more graceful manner.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Sophie Dimetra (Saffia al Kabira) is a dancer from Los Angeles who frequently dances at various venues. She has studied dancing for 3 years. Before studying dance she has taught yoga and has been a public school teacher for 14 years.

    Sophie became Sophie legally in March of 2016. She is a transgender woman and is absolutely delighted to share her experiences with you.

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Sophie Dimetra

  • Finding Your Male Voice

    Basics of Voice Masculinization

    Finding Your Male Voice

    Basics of Voice Masculinization

    Voice training within the trans* community usually focuses on voice feminization, yet many trans* men struggle to find the voice that fits who they really are. This exciting workshop will help you identify the masculine characteristics you want to develop into the strong and powerful voice that represents your authentic self. You will explore various vocal and physical mannerisms that most cis-men exhibit while speaking and you will also learn some great new exercises that, with practice, can transform your voice into a more genuine expression of who you are.

    Finding your masculine voice doesn’t happen quickly, but in this reformatted lab, you will learn the different aspects of voice and receive the tools necessary to develop the personal voice and communication style you’ve always desired.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Jordan Jakomin is a speech-language pathologist currently living in Venice, CA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College and a master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. Ambrose University.

    During his graduate studies, Jordan conducted and presented research on education, attitudes and instruction time spent on transgender voice and communication therapy. While interning at Stanford University, Jordan helped produce a local media piece on health insurance discrimination based on gender identity.

    Jordan is a committed advocate for the trans* community and hopes to spread awareness about the need for voice and communication services for all those trans* individuals who seek it.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Jordan Jakomin

  • Finding Your Voice

    Basics of Voice Feminization

    Finding Your Voice

    Basics of Voice Feminization

    One of the greatest challenges for most trans* women is the struggle to find their true voice. This fun and powerful 2-part lab will help you identify the female characteristics that you need to develop and strengthen in order to fully realize and adopt your female form of vocal expression.

    You will explore the various vocal and physical mannerisms that most women exhibit while speaking and you will also learn some great new exercises that, with practice, can transform your voice into a more genuine expression of who you are.

    Finding your feminine voice doesn’t happen quickly, but in this reformatted 2-part lab, you will learn the different aspects of voice and receive the tools necessary to develop your personal voice and communication style and experience the changes you’ve always desired.



    INSTRUCTOR

    Eryn Gitelis is a Speech-Language Pathologist living in West Hollywood, California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa and obtained her Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Her accolades include a Graduate Provosts Merit Fellowship and a ground-breaking mock research paper on Transgender Voice. She specializes in working with transgender individuals who wish to alter their voice and communication style.

    Eryn has also started a movement to bring awareness to the importance of voice therapy to the forefront.  Her goal is to show insurance companies the necessity for Trans Voice Healthcare and provide coverage for those in the community who seek it. To learn more about Eryn’s endeavor, visit Transgender Voice Now at http://transvoicenow.com

     

    Format: 2-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Eryn Gitelis

  • Fitness for Us

    Physical Health & Wellness for the Trans* Community

    Fitness for Us

    Physical Health & Wellness for the Trans* Community

    The fitness industry often creates a daunting environment that makes it challenging for trans* individuals to focus on our physical health and wellness. The Trans* Lounge has created a safe and judgment-free course tailored specifically for the trans* community to help alleviate those challenges and motivate you to be your best in both mind and body.

    In this 2-part course, you will engage in supportive discussion and dynamic workouts aimed at providing the fitness direction needed to provide you with a new sense of confidence and positive body image. Your instructor will work with you to develop a plan where you can get your exercise and nutrition questions answered and the tools necessary to reach your fitness goals.

    Discussions will include one on one assessments, goal setting, injury prevention, barriers to physical wellness and creating a healthy body image. Following the discussion, you will exercise as a group where you will get into basic movement theory. This includes dynamic stretching, a workout that includes a variety of different formats including stability and cardio work and static stretching.

    This is an active participation class with some strenuous exercises included. Students may participate at their own pace but please be aware that you will move, sweat and work in this class. It is recommended that you wear comfortable work out appropriate clothing and shoes. You may also want to bring a towel.


     

    Monk Rodriguez HeadShot - edited INSTRUCTOR

    Monk Rodriguez is a QTPOC fitness trainer certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM). His concentration is on providing training that transforms both body and mind. As a trans* person, he understands the barriers to fitness training and is intent on providing a safe and comfortable place where the trans* community may overcome these obstacles. Monk has learned that a fit body better manages stress, brings enormous boosts in confidence and gives one the capability of making positive changes to their lives. He uses a combination of traditional fitness technique along with alternative, progressive exercise programs to keep the workouts fresh and fun. His goal is to foster a safe space for trans* folks of all fitness levels to discover, learn and prosper together.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment Fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Monk Rodriguez

     

  • Juggle for Wellness

    A Juggling Workshop to Benefit Body & Mind

    Juggle for Wellness

    A Juggling Workshop to Benefit Body & Mind

    Juggle for Wellness is a class focused on teaching the basics of 3 ball juggling to the LGBT+ community. It’s a fun portable workout that can be done alone or shared with friends. Our workshop is 90 minutes long and is set to fun upbeat music. We provide the juggling balls that you will use during the class, so all that you need to bring with you is yourself in clothes that you comfortable being active in.

    The workshop begins with a brief summary about the benefits of juggling and the logistics of the 3 Ball Cascade. Then, we get everyone up and involved as we do a quick hands‐on introduction and warm up. As a group, we start with one ball, work up to two balls, then continue with 3 balls, giving one‐on‐one attention as needed. Once we establish a rhythm with our students and they are ready to move beyond the 3 Ball Cascade we will begin to teach other juggling patterns and tricks. Near the end of the class we will bring out other props for the class to use. Including: Juggling Scarves, Juggling Rings, Spinning Plates, Buugeng and Contact Juggling Balls.

    Juggling has many benefits that include, but are not limited to:

    • Sharpens focus and concentration
    • Increases dexterity and coordination
    • It is a great cardiovascular workout and is one of the most relaxing forms of aerobic exercise
    • Helps fight anxiety and depression
    • It is a portable workout
    • It is Scientifically proven to increase both white and grey matter in your brain
    • Studies suggest that juggling helps prevent Alzheimer’s
    • Engages problem solving skills
    • Helps to relieve stress

    Juggle for Wellness is a fun, fast paced workshop that is sure to bring you a few laughs, smiles, and wins! What typically begins with a group of quiet individuals will end with a lively group of people laughing, smiling, juggling, learning and growing.


    INSTRUCTORS
    Delia Danae Rawdon is an out and visible Transgender Woman living in Los Angeles. She works as an Actress and Performance Artist. Delia enjoys expansive scenic views, object manipulation and family days in the park. She is an Advocate for the LGBT community and continuously strives to break through the social constructs and barriers that society has put upon us.

    Sarah Rawdon is a CIS gender woman living in Los Angeles. She works as a Project Manager for a Health Care IT firm and is on the Global Steering Committee for LGBT Employees within her Organization. She is a Queer Advocate that enjoys Vintage Fashion, performing Flow Arts and spending time with her family. She has been in a committed relationship with Delia since long before she transitioned, and they have three amazing children together. Their objective is to help other couples and families not only survive through transition but thrive long throughout transition.

     

     

     

  • Makeup Made Easy

    Mastering the Basics

    Makeup Made Easy

    Mastering the Basics

    In this new, in-depth introductory level class, you will learn all the fundamentals of makeup, so you can build both your competence & confidence! This 90-minute workshop is perfect for total beginners and those who feel they have way more questions than answers.

    This workshop is a combination of presentation & live demonstration that will explain the essential makeup products you need to know AND how to apply them like a pro to enhance your individual beauty. The class will also include an opportunity to submit your specific questions to the instructor prior to the class; as well as a live Q & A at the end of the session, so you can get answers to your questions & solutions to your struggles.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Melissa Murdick (@makeupbymelissam) is a celebrity makeup artist whose versatile style has led her to work with some of your favorite faces. From Selena Gomez, to Kim Petras, Tamera Mowry and many many more.

    Melissa is known for making individual beauty shine. Melissa’s work has been featured in V magazine, Flaunt, & Galore, as well as on countless music videos and ad campaigns.

    Melissa also currently runs www.theprettyfix.com, a trans-friendly website dedicated to teaching wearable makeup, solving beauty dilemmas, and simplifying your approach to beauty.

    Format: Single Session Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Melissa Murdick

  • Mindful Self-Care

    A Meditation Workshop and Soundbath

    Mindful Self-Care

    A Meditation Workshop and Soundbath


    On top of all the difficulties we face in our day-today lives, we can sometimes be our own worst enemy by forgetting to practice self-care. Join trans meditation teacher, Martin Vitorino of InsightLA and the Trans* Lounge as we take time to flip the script and help you to become a better friend to yourself, through indulging and nurturing your mind and heart. In this 90-minute workshop you’ll get to experience a sound bath and practice mindfulness meditations for your heart, body and soul. Come give yourself some care. You deserve it!

    Meditation is an opportunity to be mindful of what is happening in the present moment and be kind to ourselves, regardless of how we might be thinking or feeling. It is also a way to explore offering ourselves tenderness and compassion.

    In this restorative workshop there will be a lightly guided meditation, opportunities to share your experience of transition – both the challenges and the celebrations – in larger group discussion and/or in small groups, and a restorative and healing sound bath. You’ll have a chance to rest in the soothing sounds of a handpan performance by Krista Benson.

    Regardless of where you are in your gender journey, this is a place to let go and just be!

     


     

    INSTRUCTORS
    Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. leads a meditation group for trans people called “Mindful Transitions” that focuses on self-compassion and community connection. He serves as Director of Programming at InsightLA, a mindfulness meditation organization. He is a volunteer organizer of heart-centered retreats for trans men and masculine-identified folks. His activism centers healing from shame and work that uproots systems of oppression such as white supremacy and patriarchy. He earned a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.

     

    Krista Benson Through melodies she plays on her Nirvana handpan, Krista Benson transposes sound resonance healing to bath listeners in ethereal energy. Tap into the power of deep relaxation and active listening to wash away stress and anxiety in a unique sound bath experience.

  • Movin’ Around

    Walk... Stand... Sit... Basics of Feminine Movement

    Movin’ Around

    Walk... Stand... Sit... Basics of Feminine Movement

    Women are uniquely perfect creatures. The way many women walk, sit or even stand can be compared to great art or smooth music. This workshop will focus on those unique forms of self-expressions that women use to express their femininity. You will learn the secrets of gliding across a room in your favorite heels. You will also learn how to sit and stand like women were taught to when they were children.

    By the end of this fun and interactive workshop, you will feel a little more comfortable in your body and you will have learned how to express the beautiful woman you are, inside and out.

    Bring a pair of flats as well as your favorite pair of heels. Bring a couple of your favorite purses/handbags (with and without shoulder straps preferred). Wearing comfortable clothes is highly recommended.

     



    INSTRUCTOR

    Cetine Dale Headshot

    Cetine Dale is a California native, and has resided in Los Angeles for over a decade. She a is model and accomplished makeup artist and is currently represented by Slay Model Management, the first transgender modeling agency in the world. Cetine has worked on several shows including LOGO’s newest docuseries, As Beautiful As I Want To Be, and her own YouTube series, #TransBeauty. Cetine is a long-time advocate for transgender rights and is a respected member of the trans* community.

    Format: Single Session Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment Fee: Free
    Class Requirement: A pair of flats, your favorite pair of heels. Your favorite purses/handbags (with and without shoulder straps preferred). Comfortable clothing is highly recommended.
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Cetine Dale

  • Paint ‘N Party

    An Afternoon of Creativity and Community

    Paint ‘N Party

    An Afternoon of Creativity and Community

    Are you looking for a fun and “brunchy” way to spend a Saturday? Are you seeking new and creative ways to express the wonders of YOU? Why not join us for our first ever Trans* Lounge Paint Party! Come experience this exciting new workshop where you will enjoy snacks and refreshments in a safe and comfortable atmosphere as you tap into your creative energy.

    Whether you are an accomplished artist or are picking up a brush for the very first time; don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through every step of the process. The most important thing to remember is that this is a fun and social event. This is not a lesson in the traditional sense, although you just might learn something about painting while having a great time with like-minded members of your community. The event is led by professional artist, Alexandra Kube, who will share tips and pointers along the way. And by the end of the workshop, you will be walk out the door with a ready to hang masterpiece created by YOU!

    We will provide aprons but sleeves should be short or rolled up to prevent getting paint on them. We will also provide a canvas, an easel and all art supplies. All we ask is that once you have reserved your seat for our Paint Party, you make sure that you are at the class ON-TIME and ready to start painting.

    This is an intimate event in that we’re only able to accommodate ten students per session, so don’t hesitate, register today and join us for an amazing afternoon of creativity and community.

     

     


    INSTRUCTOR
    “The colors and forms of familiar objects take possession of me and compel me to express it through my canvases…”

    Alexandra Kube
    ’s evocative artwork has won her many awards and recognition’s, attracting individual, corporate and community recognition alike.

    Soon after graduating college with a degree in fine art, her artistic eye led her into the fields of graphic design, and illustration. Her creative skills later turned to animation for several major Hollywood studios, culminating in an Emmy Award in a 1995 Warner Bros. animation television series.

    In recent years, Alexandra’s passion for the arts has culminated in her purest expressions yet by capturing the feeling of music and a bohemian lifestyle into a visual expression. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and events throughout the Los Angeles Area, including a commissioned mural for the City of Lancaster and then again for the City of Burbank. There have been private commissions across the country over the past several years. As a passionate and socially involved artist, Alexandra has been involved with helping to bring art into local communities. She also coaches painting in small groups when time allows.

    Alexandra’s painting style is a variable blend of realism, abstract, illustration and surrealism, implementing a cubist delivery of vibrant colors that highlight form and a skewed perspective. She quotes her biggest painting influences as Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Mary Cassatt, and Georgia O’Keefe. Alexandra has explored a variety artistic phases over the course of several decades. Her collection ranges
    from traditional landscapes and portraits to the current abstracted cubism.

    Her most recent and popular paintings embody the spirit of musical instruments, butterflies and people whispering joy and movement quietly into every form. You can’t help but feel enveloped into the joyful essence of song, and also pulled into the intricate dance of recognizable details, inviting us to dwell in its lively rhythms for a while.

    “Painting is my music. The songs I hear touch my heart, and I want you to hear
    them too. Listen as I sing to you the stories that move through my color filled paintbrushes.”

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Alexandra Kube

  • Redefining Masculinities

    Exploring Masculinity and You

    Redefining Masculinities

    Exploring Masculinity and You

    Many of us have a complicated relationship with Masculinity. It can be unavoidable as we move through this world. Masculinities aren’t singular though. There are infinite ways to own, explore, express, and relate with masculinities. Those relationships are both highly personal and highly public at the same time.

    In this exciting, reformatted workshop, you will; through discussion and exchange of ideas, explore what it is to present/live/play with masculinites, and as a masculine person. You will explore what masculinities are authentic for you and how they relate with the world around us, and perhaps even some coping mechanisms for all the other times.

    This discussion group is for all people and identities, who want to actively redefine and explore the possibilities of what it can and should mean to be masculine in this world. We encourage all participants to bring topics, questions, and issues of your own to share and explore!

    *All work is done in a safe and non-judgmental environment.


    INSTRUCTOR

    Ash Nichols (they/them) is a queer non-binary trans human, who spends their days gathering stories and facilitating other groups of humans.

    Ash has been a theatre and performance artist over the past decade throughout California. Ash has been a producer and manager specializing in new works, community-engaged projects, installations, non-traditional and other weird art things that defy categorization. Ash currently works with Trans* Lounge.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Monthly (3rd Tuesday of Every Month)

  • Restorative Writing

    Finding The Right Words To Find Yourself

    Restorative Writing

    Finding The Right Words To Find Yourself

    They say that in life, it’s not so much the destination we should concern ourselves with. Rather, it’s all about the journey. However, when people offer that advice, they never follow it up with any sort of road map to guide you on your trek. And when you are a trans person, the thought of going on your journey without a sense of what twists and turns lie ahead can potentially keep you from even starting down the road you’re meant to take. However, discovering your path forward can be as simple as examining the one you’ve already been wandering along. And this introspective workshop will help you find it using one simple tool: writing.

    Led by veteran journalist Callie Tomashoff, who is coming to terms with being trans as well, this single-session workshop will offer solo and group-writing exercises to help you dig into your life experiences in order to find their authentic voice. Too many people worry that they don’t know how to write, but this class will prove there is no secret to the craft. Anyone can do it. Writing is simply about listening, both to ourselves and to others, and we will also provide tips and techniques to help expand that skill. By the end of the evening, you will hopefully learn that by capturing your thoughts on paper, you can easier see where you have been in your life. With that knowledge, it then becomes much easier to figure out where you want to go next.


    INSTRUCTOR
    During their 20-plus years in Los Angeles, Callie Tomashoff has been a staff writer for outlets such as People Magazine and TV Guide. In addition, their work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Huffington Post. They have also published two books – The Can’t-idates: Running For President When Nobody Knows Your Name and You Live, You Learn: The Alanis Morissette Story.

    As a trans woman at the beginning of their journey, this class will not only serve as a way for Callie to impart their years of knowledge as a writer to their students, but also a way to find, share and explore the wonders of trans community.

     

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Callie Tomashoff

  • Rock Your Body Danceshop

    Using Movement to Rock Your Body and Your Life

    Rock Your Body Danceshop

    Using Movement to Rock Your Body and Your Life

    For many in the trans* community, it might be difficult to imagine, but your body can be your ally in helping you unlock your dream life.

    • How does your body confidence reflect your overall confidence?
    • What is the connection between body image and living your dream life?
    • What are your most heartfelt desires for your life?

    These are just some of the points that will be addressed in the Rock Your Body Danceshop, our fun, new workshop.

    It’s easy to fall into ruts and roadblocks as we make our way through our personal journey. Moving your body can open your life in more ways than just getting a workout. When you open your body, you open your mind. And when you open your mind, solutions and insights to addressing body image and other confidence issues seem to flow much easier and can put you in full connection to your body, mind and soul in order to create the positive changes you so richly deserve.

    The Rock Your Body Danceshop is a combination dance class and personal growth workshop. Growth is facilitated through group discussion, writing exercises and fun and grounded dance via Latin, African, ZUMBA and House styles. You will have the opportunity to engage in keeping-it-real bonding with your classmates while receiving support around your body image. And you’ll do it all in the spirit of fun, dance and community.

    REQUIREMENTS
    Workout/comfortable attire and dance/athletic shoes are required. Students should also bring water and a pen and paper for journaling purposes.



    Valerie Dauphin HeadshotINSTRUCTOR
    P. Valerie Dauphin is the Dancing Desire Coach, Founder of Feel Good Kick Ass and the author of the upcoming book, Feel Good Kick Ass Confidence: Using Your Body to Rock Your Life. Valerie helps you do the work you love in a body you love with people you love. She is a certified Dream Coach®, licensed ZUMBA Instructor, Certified Group Power Instructor and a OneTaste Coach in training.

    Valerie created the Danceshops™, a series of interactive and transformational life coaching through dance workshops, designed to help those who find themselves stuck in a rut increase their confidence while working up a sweat in order to discover and take action on their dreams and desires. Valerie has worked with such organizations as the YWCA, Growing Educators, I Have A Dream Foundation and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. For more info, visit feelgoodkickass.com.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Class Requirements: Water, comfortable / workout attire & dancing or athletic shoes
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: P. Valerie Dauphin

  • Style Starts at the Top

    Finding and Maintaining the Hair Style that's Right for You

    Style Starts at the Top

    Finding and Maintaining the Hair Style that's Right for You

    For so many trans/GNC folks, finding the perfect hair style that works best for you can be a very difficult process. There are so many questions that we often don’t think of until we are all of the sudden confronted with them…

    • Which hair color works best with your skin tone?
    • Do I look best with long, short, curly, straight hair?
    • Is this style too young or too old for me?
    • What about on-going maintenance, what is it going to take to keep this look over time… and how much will it cost me to maintain this look?
    • How do I use a curling or flat iron?
    • What about working with wigs and extensions?

    These are all important and necessary questions to ask when you’re trying to present the very best version of yourself. Finding that place where you feel good about YOU is so important to overall self-image and often that all starts right at the top with finding that perfect hairstyle.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Michael Davis is 706 union hairstylist and trans actress with too many years’ experience to mention as a hairstylist; but has spent the last 20 years on film and television sets in Los Angeles and locations around the world.

    Her resume is extensive with shows like Pushing Daisies, Dexter, Glee, CSI:NY, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Ted 2, The Mindy Project and recently have been a hairstylist on Get Shorty, Law and Order: The Menendez Murders and American Horror Story Cult.

    As a trans woman, Michael is very aware at the issues that many of us have when it comes to dealing with our hair. Her goal is to help you demystify the endless tangle of do’s & don’ts when it comes to creating the best, most natural look for your hair, extensions or wig.


    Format:
     Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Michael Davis

     

     

  • The Cuddle Sanctuary

    Using the Power of Human Touch for Health & Wellness

    The Cuddle Sanctuary

    Using the Power of Human Touch for Health & Wellness

    As we navigate our own personal journey, it can often be intimidating for many Trans & GNC individuals to find and/or feel worthy of human contact. The Cuddle Sanctuary is a guided social experience where you affirm healthy boundaries and cultivate that necessary tender human touch.

    This fun and interactive workshop includes a welcome circle, easy relaxation activities and communication exercises designed to empower and bring a sense of calm and wellness to our often hectic lives. The workshop culminates with a voluntary “Cuddle Lab”. Touch is ALWAYS consensual and NEVER a requirement to participate. All cuddling and touching is purely non-sexual and presented for therapeutic purposes only.

    By the end of this workshop, you may experience an increased sense of well-being and belonging, a boost in compassion and playfulness, a decreased blood pressure and a better night’s sleep. Healthy, human touch also improves your immune system! The Cuddle Sanctuary is a great place to meet new friends, connect with partners and pals in a soulful new way and be part of a warm and huggable tribe; all in a safe and nonjudgmental space.

     

    REQUIREMENTS:
    What to Wear
    Dress in clothes that are conducive to snuggling. Soft, cozy pajamas, cotton t-shirts, sweatpants, leggings are all welcome. Tank tops and shorts are a-okay for the warmer weather. Feel free to change clothes when you arrive. Hygiene is important at cuddles – be squeaky clean and minty fresh – it’s easier to get close that way! (Note: come free of perfumes, colognes and cigarette smoke. Some have sensitive noses – thanks!)

    Intoxicants
    Please arrive and remain sober throughout the event. You may find yourself getting a natural high on oxytocin – often called the “hug hormone.”

    Getting Up and Down: 
    The class space will be covered with cushions on the floor and most of our exercises are on those cushions. If you are concerned about your ability to get up and down from the floor to a standing position, please contact us to discuss accommodation.

    Guidelines
    – There’s no touch ever required.
    – You can change your mind at any time.
    – Respect the boundaries of others.
    – Touch Stays Rated G (and stay dressed).
    – Ask and Wait: If you want to touch someone, ask. Then wait for their answer.
    – Respect the confidentiality of others.

     


    INSTRUCTOR
    Fei Wyatt first discovered cuddling as part of a wellness practice and when she did, it felt like she was coming home. She is now a leading expert in the field of professional cuddling and works to spread compassion and unconditional love through therapeutic touch.

    As Chief People Officer at Cuddle Sanctuary, Fei empowers others through spaces that invite consent, embodiment, vulnerability, connection and exploration. Her work has been featured on 60-second Docs, Good Day LA, KCET, Fusion TV, Comedy Central, Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed.

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Fei Wyatt

  • Trans* Professionalism

    Improve Your Chances of Landing the Right Job

    Trans* Professionalism

    Improve Your Chances of Landing the Right Job

    The world of the trans/GNC professional, regardless of your industry, is constantly shifting and changing. Learning to assess the culture of the company you want to work for is one of the most important components to succeeding in the workplace. For trans/GNC people, entering a new work environment can be intimidating, so assessing the culture of the company and/or industry you want to work in is just one of the many important steps necessary to building a successful career.

    In addition to learning how to effectively and fairly access potential employers, this course will arm you with the tools you need to:

    • Identify the job/career of your dreams
    • Determine the steps necessary to securing a
      new job
    • Develop new skills that will help you to more
      effectively apply for employment
    • Develop a powerful resume
    • Deconstruct the interview process

    This course will also teach you how to address work-place harassment, should it occur, and how you can become an advocate for an inclusive workplace. In short, this fun and interactive workshop will help tackle the complex workplace dynamics in a safe and empathetic space.

    REQUIREMENTS
    Students should bring a notebook and pen to take notes. If you have a resume that you want to have updated, feel free to bring that along with you.


     

    Drian Juarez Headshot - Cropped
    INSTRUCTOR
    Drian Juarez serves as the Program Manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP). Building a solid foundation for TEEP, Juarez established cross-organizational/cross-functional teams to assist in the mission of developing employment and business opportunities for the Los Angeles trans/GNC community. Under her direction, TEEP has worked with over one thousand trans/GNC people by assisting with basic housing and helping transgender and gender non-conforming people move from the street economy to assisting with more complex job skills like resume writing and job searches. She also works as a consultant on trans/GNC issues in the workplace and assists in developing programs for communities endeavoring to help trans/GNC people get back to work.

    Juarez, who is a current member of the West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board, has developed a coalition of grass-roots organizations to help meet the specific needs of the trans/GNC community. She has collaborated with homeless shelters to provide housing and basic living needs, coordinated with non-profits and schools to offer basic job training and has taught over 500 employers in law enforcement, government entities and businesses on the unique issues faced by the trans/GNC community.

    Format: Single Session Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment Fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Drian Juarez

  • You. Are. Worthy.

    Reclaiming Your Inner Power with Oracle Cards

    You. Are. Worthy.

    Reclaiming Your Inner Power with Oracle Cards

    All beings are worthy of love. YOU are included in that statement.

    When we are faced with challenges in life, our minds can go to self-doubt. We think that the situation is challenging because we aren’t smart enough, fast enough, cunning enough. We believe we’re not enough, that there is something wrong with us. The truth is life is ever changing and that is what contributes the difficulties of life, not our abilities (or lack thereof). Please know that these feelings are normal but they are not true. What is true is you are enough, you are worthy, you are love.”

    In this interesting new workshop, you will tap into your true sense of worth and your inner power (empowerment) as you ask the cards for guidance, support and clarity.

    Your instructor will not only teach you the basics of oracle card reading and understanding what the cards mean, but there will be reading demonstrations for you to take part in. During your reading demos; you may ask the cards for clarity and guidance regarding anything you maybe struggling with in your life.

    By the end of this class, you will have a better understanding of how to read oracle cards and the basic steps that go into a reading. With this knowledge, you will be able to start exploring the practice at home, by giving yourself and loved one insightful readings.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Monique Beltrán is an L.A based QTPOC Oracle card reader. Monique was drawn to the beautiful and gentle practice of oracle card readings five years ago. Monique believes that you are worthy of love and wants to support you in remembering this truth. Monique is a certified community counselor and Reiki Master.

    Monique loves holding healing space with others, where their truths can be heard.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Monique Beltrán

  • YouTube and YOU!

    Starting and Maintaining Your Own YouTube Channel

    YouTube and YOU!

    Starting and Maintaining Your Own YouTube Channel

    Are you looking to get your message out to the masses? Have you wanted to bringing your trans*/GNC experience to YouTube but not sure how to begin? This new and interactive workshop; taught by a trans* woman and YouTube expert, aims to simplify the many aspects of the platform so that regardless of your tech-savviness, you can impact and inspire your community and the world. To build up your YouTube know-how, the following topics will be covered in this workshop…

    • Getting Started: Let’s get the little details out of the way by showing you how to create and manage your YouTube channel so you can start enjoying the more advanced features of YouTube right away.
    • Phonin’ it In (and other budget tips): You don’t need fancy gear to get started! Learn how you can use your phone to film, edit and upload video content.
    • Tips on Content Creation:  Learn what works (and doesn’t work) when you want to draw viewers into your channel and how you can leverage YouTube Analytics to better understand your audience.
    • Getting Help: What happens if you get stuck? We’ll cover how to get help from YouTube.
    • Staying Safe on YouTube: Learn what moderation features are available to build safe, empathetic conversations while mitigating potentially negative behavior, as well as general tips to ensure your privacy.

    This may seem like a bit to cover and there will be lots of technical information but this 2 – 3 hour, hands-on workshop is presented in a way that all levels of computer users can understand. Join us for this amazing opportunity to arm yourself with all the tools you need to make your presence felt WORLD-WIDE!


     

    INSTRUCTOR
    Brooke Dengler has spent the last five years of her career at YouTube as the head of an internal production agency currently based in YouTube Space LA. Her knowledge of creating data-driven short-form educational content can be seen in the YouTube Help channel, the largest EDU channel on the platform with nearly five million subscribers.

    Brooke is eager to share her expertise with the trans community so anyone getting started with YouTube can better leverage its tools to create safe and collaborative environments.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Brooke Dengler

Labs

  • Basic Stitches

    An Introduction to Sewing, Alteration & Clothing Repair

    Basic Stitches

    An Introduction to Sewing, Alteration & Clothing Repair

    Trans/GNC/ENBY folx come in so many amazing shapes and sizes but often times finding clothing that fits just right can be difficult. How many times have you seen a great article of clothing but for one reason or another it’s just a little short in the sleeves or needs to be taken in (or let out) a little here and there? Trans* Lounge wants to help you be able to craft and create the perfect wardrobe for you with this new course.

    In this fun and interactive 2-part class, you will learn the basics of fabric, sewing stitches and techniques and how to repair and alter your clothing. Your first class will cover how to hand sew, common seam types, how to treat different fabrics, and choosing the best clothing to alter. The second part of the class meets the following week and covers how to fit clothing better to your body based off the shapes and parts your wish to emphasize or minimize, altering clothing to better suit personality and repairing clothing to give it new life.

    CLASS REQUIREMENT:
    We ask that you please bring along one item of clothing you either want to repair or alter for the class to work on. Supplies will be provided for those who cannot bring a piece. And to help get you started, we will provide you with a sewing kit that is yours to keep.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Lee Wagner (They/Them) is a non-binary artist living in Los Angeles county. Since their childhood, they have actively engaged in the arts: traditional and digital art, theater, and clothing and costume making.

    They’ve drafted and made everything from modern street clothes to historical fashions, corsetry, and cosplay. In their spare time they take part in outdoor activities, go to museums, explore new places, make their own historical costumes and release prints and art books of personal art.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Lee Wagner

  • Comic Cure

    TRANS*form Your Pain into Comedy

    Comic Cure

    TRANS*form Your Pain into Comedy

    As trans/GNC individuals, many of us have had to endure unspeakable pain and discrimination. It would be easy to let all of those horrible experiences define and dictate how we live our lives and move into our futures. But there is a way of processing all the difficult experiences we’ve had and come out laughing on the other side. This ultra-empowering 6-part lab will help you to take those difficult experiences and through laughter take ownership of them and never let them harm you again.

    In this community-building, 6-8 week course, you will explore the curing properties of laughter as you revisit those dark experiences that have held you back and with the help of your instructor, a working comedian, transform those experiences and observations into a witty stand-up comedy routine that will share your story and connect with others. During each of the lab sessions, you will focus on various comedy techniques and joke writing structure that will help you to turn your observations into great comedy. And the climax for all that hard work and introspection is that you will have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood!

    The best comics are those who expose and share a part of themselves with the audience. This lab will allow you to share with the world the strength it takes to not only be trans*, but to take those tragic experiences you’ve been dealt and show that NOTHING can keep you from being happy and free.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Originally from Dallas, Texas, Adam Barnhardt‘s comedy career began in New York City performing at The Comic Strip, Caroline’s, Stand Up NY, and Gotham, among others. Based in Los Angeles since 1994 Adam has worked steadily as a professional comedian, coach, actor and Comedy-Therapist. He has taught the Comic Cure class at the Los Angeles LGBT Center for over a decade and has performed stand up comedy internationally in London and all over the United States. You can see him regularly at The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

    Adam is one of the hosts of Cadillac Sundays, one of the longest running shows at The Comedy Store (since 1998).

    COMEDY-THERAPY
    Using humor to process real issues is what the most celebrated comedians have always done. By working in a group dynamic each comedians voice is firmly established with useful tools that help to highlight their point of view. Tools that they can use in their real life as well as in their comedy career. Through the process of “Clearing” on stage a comic’s material is rooted in what is true about where they are really coming from.

     

    Format: 6 Sessions & 1 Performance
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Meetings: Weekly
    Presenter: Adam Barnhardt

  • Guitar, From A to E-Z

    Introduction to Acoustic & Electric Guitar

    Guitar, From A to E-Z

    Introduction to Acoustic & Electric Guitar

    This popular class presents playing the guitar in a whole new light. Learn all the fundamentals including, basic scale and chord theory, open chords, understanding and creating chord progressions, how to play familiar songs and how to create songs of your own.

    Our instructor’s specialty is demystifying and simplifying music to make it easy for anyone regardless of previous experience or your ability (or lack thereof) to read music. Students must provide their own guitars (acoustic or electric).

    Students are encouraged to arrive early to the first class session so that the instructor may tune your guitar prior to class time. If your guitar is more than 10 years old, or if it appears to need maintenance, early arrival will allow you to discuss your tune up or maintenance options before class time.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Mark Flores has been playing guitar for 30+ years and has been playing professionally since 1991. He has recorded, toured, and performed on radio and TV. Flores began teaching five years ago and his styles include rock, blues, folk, pop, etc.

    On June 11, 2010, Mark Flores’ “Magic Touch” Guitar Tapping”, his new instructional DVD became available for sale and download on Amazon.com.

     

    Format: 6-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Class Requirements: Students must provide their own guitars (acoustic or electric).
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Mark Flores

  • Making Sense of Your Dollars

    Financial Literacy for our Community

    Making Sense of Your Dollars

    Financial Literacy for our Community

    Living in Southern California, saving for surgeries, medications or the myriad of other expenses that our community must endure means that financial literacy for Trans/GNC/ENBY folks is more crucial than ever.

    In this new, unique 2-part financial literacy workshop, you will learn the basics of budgeting, best practices to help you save your money, as well as how to invest that nest egg, if you so desire and how to financially prepare for retirement.

    This workshop is designed to be interactive, so come with plenty of questions and a desire to make your money start working for you. The class is split into two 90-minute class sessions, but the unique part is that your second session won’t take place for SIX MONTHS. In the first workshop, you will explore ways to handle your money more efficiently and set, reasonable, attainable goals. Your second class will reconvene six months later to review your strategies and discuss as a group, the outcome of your financial goals.

    Class requirement:


    INSTRUCTOR
    Kery Ramirez is a trans native Angelino who has a strong background in visual arts, organizing, and business. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in finance.

    Kery loves to read anything related to finance and has successfully budgeted, saved, and invested his money. He wants to share his knowledge with his trans/GNC/ENBY family.

     

    Format: 2-part lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Kery Ramirez

  • Moving Pictures

    Basics of Animation for Your Imagination

    Moving Pictures

    Basics of Animation for Your Imagination

    In this new and exciting 6-part lab, you will study and utilize the principals of animation to bring your drawings to life through a sequence of hand drawn images. You will learn to give your drawings a sense of weight and movement while utilizing creative timing to effectively to create smooth animation.

    The class will come together to brainstorm storyboards and create a collaborative class sequence. By the end of this class, you will leave armed with a knowledge of the steps and techniques employed to create an animated cartoon.

    You don’t need to have an artistic background or animation experience to take this class. If you are an artist, your instructor would love to see your work. You can send a link to your portfolio to Trans* Lounge Program Manager Gina Bigham at [email protected].

    Class requirement:
    You will need a smart phone and must download the app “Stop Motion Studio” to participate in this class. Light boxes and all other materials will be provided.


    INSTRUCTOR
    D. Stewart is an animation director with a passion for comedy and zany storytelling. Inspired by superheroes and Saturday morning cartoons from a young age, Stewart spent childhood making flip books, entering art contests, programming games, and attending comic classes at the library before attending the College for Creative Studies. Stewart attained a BFA in Character and Experimental Animation in 2015 and has taught animation classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center, College for Creative Studies, and Hands for Hope LA.

    Stewart also worked as a Clean-Up Artist on an episode of “HarmonQuest” and has had their work shown in both the Hiroshima and Annecy International Film Festivals. Stewart’s current projects include “Coffee Shop Smack Down”, a video game about a disgruntled, chronically late employee who must fight his way to the front of a coffee shop line in order to keep his job, and “Vamps’ Scamps”, a series about a vampire who suddenly finds himself in charge of a run-down orphanage after causing the freak accident that takes its owner out of the picture.

    When not working on a project, Stewart can typically be found eating, breathing, and counting moments of lost productivity before falling asleep.

     

     

    Format: 6-part lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: D. Stewart

  • Personal Performance

    A Trans* Actors Workshop

    Personal Performance

    A Trans* Actors Workshop

    The demand for trans* actors has never been higher. Mainstream media and independent filmmakers are only a few of those seeking to celebrate the power of the trans* narrative. Our stories NEED to be told and who better to tell them, than YOU. In this unique 4-part performance/storytelling workshop, designed
    especially for trans* actors, Elizabeth Payne will lead you through exercises and exploration to hone your personal narratives and expand your acting, writing and personal performance skills.

    Over the course of this workshop, each student will craft a 3-minute monologue using both improvisational performance games and writing exercises. The focus of the workshop will be on accessing your authentic voice, finding your unique point of view and creating a unique and inspirational performance piece.

    By end of the workshop, you will increase your acting abilities and grow your capacity to show greater presence in front of an audience, before the cameras, and maybe even in your day to day life.


    Elizabeth Payne Headshot EditINSTRUCTOR
    Elizabeth Payne has been a working actor and acting teacher for over 20 years. She got her start at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where she served as both an acting company member and faculty member. While in the Bay Area, Elizabeth appeared in numerous productions from the classics to contemporary pieces at theater companies including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage, and the Marin Shakespeare Company. As a teacher, Elizabeth worked at A.C.T., the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the American Musical Theater of San Jose among others.

    Since moving to L.A. she has worked extensively in film and television as well as being seen and heard in more commercials than she can count. She has had recurring roles on Law & Order: Los Angeles, Ugly Betty and ALIAS as well as numerous guest spots on shows like The Office, Scandal and Murder in the First to name a few. As a scene study teacher, Elizabeth has worked for well-known, character actor, Jeffrey Tambor, at his acting workshop in Santa Monica. She has also been a private audition coach for many years.

    Elizabeth has B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.

    Format: 4-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Elizabeth Payne

  • TrueVoice (Non-Binary Edition)

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    TrueVoice (Non-Binary Edition)

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    Your voice is your power! And that power need not be stifled by social pressures toward binary categorization. Regardless of gender expression, cultivating a voice that expresses your identity with support and sustainability – without apology or compromise – is within your reach. Join vocal coach Ryland Shelton for an in-depth, two-day workshop on range expansion, resonance exploration, consistency and sustainability that will put you in touch with the sources of your voice’s power and possibility, and the tools to use them on a daily basis.

    TrueVoice is a vocal development program, designed specifically for individuals in the trans/GNC/ENBY community, that utilizes vocal music technique to safely and conscientiously develop aspects of your given instrument to achieve the voice that aligns with your self-identified gender.

    This amazing program; which began as a 6-part lab has been streamlined and condensed into a 2-part, intensive weekend workshop. The class begins with a simple statement of goals. Simply masculinizing or feminizing the voice is not our primary interest; our goal together is to unlock the voice that is yours, that you hear when you think of yourself. From there, we use musical instruction technique to safely stretch the boundaries of clients’ vocal ranges. By using the unique connection our brains have with music as opposed to the connection they have with speech, entirely new possibilities with regard to using the voice open up.

    Although we do use music technique in this work, this is not a performance class. This course is designed to supplement and build on top of speech therapy work that clients have taken on. Our goal is to discover new possibilities and to lay the groundwork for creating new habits that support an everyday speaking voice that is unapologetic, confident, expressive, and 100% you. Our goal is to find your true voice.

    NOTE: There is a lot of information offered in this class, so we encourage you to take notes to get the most out of this class. You can use pad & paper, voice memo apps, etc. Whatever is most comfortable for you!


    INSTRUCTOR
    Ryland Shelton is a vocal coach who works with pop artists, singer-songwriters, stage performers and actors, both in private session and on set for movie musicals and television shows. Most recently, his work on the major motion picture “Crazy For The Boys” (summer 2018) kept him in rehearsal and recording studios in LA and on set in Savannah, Georgia for the majority of 2017. He is also an actor, recording artist, and dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ community.

    His newest program in vocal development, TrueVoice, is a vocal expression curriculum designed specifically for members of the trans/GNC/ENBY community. Ryland studied vocal performance at New York University.

    Format: 2-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Ryland Shelton

  • TrueVoice (Trans* Feminine Edition)

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    TrueVoice (Trans* Feminine Edition)

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    Free and cultivate your feminine voice, without strain or affectation! The organic possibilities for your voice – beyond the hormonal or social constraints that have been put upon it to this point – are truly amazing and can be accessed at any point in your transition. Join vocal coach Ryland Shelton for an in-depth, two day workshop on range expansion, resonance exploration, consistency and sustainability toward a voice that more completely expresses your feminine identity.

    TrueVoice is a vocal development program, designed specifically for individuals in the trans/GNC/ENBY community, that utilizes vocal music technique to safely and conscientiously develop aspects of your given instrument to achieve the voice that aligns with your self-identified gender.

    This amazing program; which began as a 6-part lab has been streamlined and condensed into a 2-part, intensive weekend workshop. The class begins with a simple statement of goals. Simply masculinizing or feminizing the voice is not our primary interest; our goal together is to unlock the voice that is yours, that you hear when you think of yourself. From there, we use musical instruction technique to safely stretch the boundaries of clients’ vocal ranges. By using the unique connection our brains have with music as opposed to the connection they have with speech, entirely new possibilities with regard to using the voice open up.

    Although we do use music technique in this work, this is not a performance class. This course is designed to supplement and build on top of speech therapy work that clients have taken on. Our goal is to discover new possibilities and to lay the groundwork for creating new habits that support an everyday speaking voice that is unapologetic, confident, expressive, and 100% you. Our goal is to find your true voice.

    NOTE: There is a lot of information offered in this class, so we encourage you to take notes to get the most out of this class. You can use pad & paper, voice memo apps, etc. Whatever is most comfortable for you!


    INSTRUCTOR
    Ryland Shelton is a vocal coach who works with pop artists, singer-songwriters, stage performers and actors, both in private session and on set for movie musicals and television shows. Most recently, his work on the major motion picture “Crazy For The Boys” (summer 2018) kept him in rehearsal and recording studios in LA and on set in Savannah, Georgia for the majority of 2017. He is also an actor, recording artist, and dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ community.

    His newest program in vocal development, TrueVoice, is a vocal expression curriculum designed specifically for members of the trans/GNC/ENBY community. Ryland studied vocal performance at New York University.

    Format: 2-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Ryland Shelton

  • TrueVoice (Trans* Masculine Edition)

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    TrueVoice (Trans* Masculine Edition)

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    Embrace and develop your masculine voice without needlessly limiting your range and expressiveness! Whether or not you are engaging in hormone therapy (or whether you have in the past or plan to in the future), accessing the true sources of power and resonance in your voice with this work is education that will provide vocal foundation throughout your transition. Join vocal coach Ryland Shelton for an in-depth, two day workshop on grounding and strengthening a voice that expresses your masculine identity sustainably and consistently.

    TrueVoice is a vocal development program, designed specifically for individuals in the trans/GNC/ENBY community, that utilizes vocal music technique to safely and conscientiously develop aspects of your given instrument to achieve the voice that aligns with your self-identified gender.

    This amazing program; which began as a 6-part lab has been streamlined and condensed into a 2-part, intensive weekend workshop. The class begins with a simple statement of goals. Simply masculinizing or feminizing the voice is not our primary interest; our goal together is to unlock the voice that is yours, that you hear when you think of yourself. From there, we use musical instruction technique to safely stretch the boundaries of clients’ vocal ranges. By using the unique connection our brains have with music as opposed to the connection they have with speech, entirely new possibilities with regard to using the voice open up.

    Although we do use music technique in this work, this is not a performance class. This course is designed to supplement and build on top of speech therapy work that clients have taken on. Our goal is to discover new possibilities and to lay the groundwork for creating new habits that support an everyday speaking voice that is unapologetic, confident, expressive, and 100% you. Our goal is to find your true voice.

    NOTE: There is a lot of information offered in this class, so we encourage you to take notes to get the most out of this class. You can use pad & paper, voice memo apps, etc. Whatever is most comfortable for you!

     

    INSTRUCTOR
    Ryland Shelton is a vocal coach who works with pop artists, singer-songwriters, stage performers and actors, both in private session and on set for movie musicals and television shows. Most recently, his work on the major motion picture “Crazy For The Boys” (summer 2018) kept him in rehearsal and recording studios in LA and on set in Savannah, Georgia for the majority of 2017. He is also an actor, recording artist, and dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ community.

    His newest program in vocal development, TrueVoice, is a vocal expression curriculum designed specifically for members of the trans/GNC/ENBY community. Ryland studied vocal performance at New York University.

    Format: 2-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Ryland Shelton

Social & Support Groups

  • Circle of Renewal

    Discovering Your Spiritual Path

    Circle of Renewal

    Discovering Your Spiritual Path

    Wellness and self-care comes in so many forms, and sometimes we can neglect our spiritual selves. Spirituality can be especially hard to cultivate when our true selves aren’t welcome in certain religious and spiritual spaces. This can leave us feeling like we have to discover our spiritual paths alone. Here is a group where you can join with your gender-expansive siblings to explore those spiritual possibilities together, without judgement or restriction.

    Our journeys as trans/GNC/ENBY people can be seen in a spiritual frame as well: transformation, rebirth, and quests are integral parts of religion, mythology, and folklore the world over and stories are the oldest tradition humanity has.

    Using facilitated discussion, activities and stories, this group will provide a space for folx to gather to discuss and explore spirituality and the ways it relates to their own lives. In this group we will explore those stories – mythical, legendary and personal – along with various traditions to better understand ourselves and the world around us.

    This group is non-denominational and is not associated with any specific ideology. It is a space dedicated to radical acceptance of all individuals and ideas. Please bring your own ideas and stories you’d like explore communally!

     


     

    INSTRUCTOR
    Juniper Morgan (they/them) is a non-binary artist who seeks to understand themself and the world around them. Their studies have included martial arts, music, theater, writing, and mythology. Introspective and philosophical, they have taken their transition as an opportunity to find a closer connection with their own form of faith. Since they weren’t raised religious they have defined for themself what they believe about those parts of our world which aren’t empirical or rational. For them, transition is an inherently spiritual act. They hope to learn much more through conversations with other trans people about their relationships with faith.

  • Out in Nature!

    Explore Griffith Park and your Wellness with the Unicorn Hikers

    Out in Nature!

    Explore Griffith Park and your Wellness with the Unicorn Hikers

    No trail names or hiking experience necessary. Come get acquainted with six different hiking trails in Los Angeles’ infamous Griffith Park. Join amateur hiker Lenix Pecikonis, creator of Unicorn Hikers and the Trans* Lounge to get Out in Nature!

    Think of this as a walking support group. Hikes include great conversations with other trans and non-binary people, beautiful views of Los Angeles, and will connect you with your mind, body, and spirit in a safe and affirming way. Each hike explores a unique trail in the park and will increase in difficulty to build your endurance and enthusiasm for the trails.

    See schedule and details of each hike below…

    Sunday, May 26 (memorial weekend) – Bronson Caves; Griffith Park
    Hike to Bronson Caves and the Hollywood sign with Trans* Lounge and Unicorn Hikers. Join us on a super easy, 1/2-mile hike. You’ll spend a maximum of an hour on the trail. With awesome views, and great picture possibilities, get outside and hang out with some queers while enjoying the long weekend. Group will meet at a pre-determined spot at Griffith Park. Parking available at the park. Limit of 15 participants.

    Sunday, June 30 – Amir’s Garden; Griffith Park
    Hike to Amir’s Garden with Trans* Lounge and Unicorn Hikers. On a short (1.1 mile), but steep-stepped hike to Amir’s garden. You’ll spend a maximum of 90 minutes on the trail and get to see a magical landscape hidden inside Griffith Park. With great views and some picture possibilities, come hang outside with some queers. Group will meet at a pre-determined spot at Griffith Park. Parking available at the park. Limit of 15 participants.

    Sunday, July 21 – Bee Rock & the Old Zoo; Griffith Park
    Hike to Bee Rock & the old zoo with Trans* Lounge and Unicorn Hikers. On a moderate hike at 3.8 miles, you’ll spend more time exploring caves and cages than out of breath. You’ll spend a maximum of two and a half hours on the trail with queers in LA. Group will meet at a pre-determined spot at Griffith Park. Parking available at the park. Limit of 15 participants.

    Sunday, August 25 – Glendale Peak; Griffith Park
    Hike Glendale Peak with Trans* Lounge and Unicorn Hikers. On a moderate hike at 3.5 miles, you’ll get a great view of the San Gabriel Mountains and possibly even the ocean. Plus, we’ll cross a small bridge! You’ll spend a maximum of two hours on the trail with trans and other ENBY’s in LA. Group will meet at a pre-determined spot at Griffith Park. Parking available at the park. Limit of 15 participants.

    Sunday, September 22 – Ferndell to Mt Hollywood; Griffith Park
    Hike from Ferndell to Mt Hollywood with Trans* Lounge and Unicorn Hikers! On a moderate hike at 5.2 miles, you’ll spend roughly 3 hours on the trail with other trans and gender non-conforming folks! This hike starts off in a luscious green garden that is unexpected in Griffith Park with ferns and other fauna. This hike is mostly uphill so it’s not easy and it’s in preparation for our final hike of the year. Group will meet at a pre-determined spot at Griffith Park. Parking available at the park. Limit of 15 participants.

    Sunday, October 27 – Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak; Griffith Park
    Hike to Wisdom Tree and Cahuenga Peak with Trans Lounge and Unicorn Hikers. A difficult trail in ascent and ruggedness but not in length, we’ll traverse roughly 3 miles in about two hours on the trail as we head up to the lone tree on top of the mountain. This is the final Unicorn Hike of the year and each hike gets progressively more difficult. Join us for all six, or whichever one you’re most interested in. Group will meet at a pre-determined spot at Griffith Park. Parking available at the park. Limit of 15 participants.

    CLASS REQUIREMENTS:
    This is an active participation class. You WILL be exerting energy. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear conducive to hiking. It is also recommended to bring plenty of water!

    *Please note that each hike will have a separate RSVP page and will be announced just like all other Trans* Lounge offerings. 


    INSTRUCTOR
    Lenix Pecikonis (they/them) is a unicorn in training. By day, they’re a digital strategist for progressive candidates, but they’d much prefer to spend all their time outdoors. They are a lover of furry beasts, a happy house-husband, women’s basketball enthusiast, aspiring plant whisperer who will point out interesting nature things while out on the trails.

    They’ve been hiking for over 20 years and have hiked through beautiful places in Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, California, Oregon, and Hawaii. Sometimes awkward in person, they can’t wait to meet other trans and ENBY nature lovers in the LA area.

     

    Format: Outdoor hike
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Lenix Pecikonis

  • Redefining Masculinities

    Exploring Masculinity and You

    Redefining Masculinities

    Exploring Masculinity and You

    Many of us have a complicated relationship with Masculinity. It can be unavoidable as we move through this world. Masculinities aren’t singular though. There are infinite ways to own, explore, express, and relate with masculinities. Those relationships are both highly personal and highly public at the same time.

    In this exciting, reformatted workshop, you will; through discussion and exchange of ideas, explore what it is to present/live/play with masculinites, and as a masculine person. You will explore what masculinities are authentic for you and how they relate with the world around us, and perhaps even some coping mechanisms for all the other times.

    This discussion group is for all people and identities, who want to actively redefine and explore the possibilities of what it can and should mean to be masculine in this world. We encourage all participants to bring topics, questions, and issues of your own to share and explore!

    *All work is done in a safe and non-judgmental environment.


    INSTRUCTOR

    Ash Nichols (they/them) is a queer non-binary trans human, who spends their days gathering stories and facilitating other groups of humans.

    Ash has been a theatre and performance artist over the past decade throughout California. Ash has been a producer and manager specializing in new works, community-engaged projects, installations, non-traditional and other weird art things that defy categorization. Ash currently works with Trans* Lounge.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Monthly (3rd Tuesday of Every Month)

  • Trans* Spectrum

    A Space for Neurodiverse Trans/GNC/ENBY Folks

    Trans* Spectrum

    A Space for Neurodiverse Trans/GNC/ENBY Folks

    The Trans* Lounge would like to invite all those who identify as Trans/GNC/ENBY and also as neurodiverse to a unique MONTHLY (first Tuesday of each month) discussion group specifically for those on the spectrum.

    This is a great opportunity to connect with other members of your trans/GNC/ENBY & neurodiverse community in a SAFE, small, quiet, controlled space with soft lighting, comfy chairs, fidget toys, group discussion and activities table.

    For the comfort of our participants, the group will have a maximum of 15 people per meeting. We ask that you please RSVP if you would like to attend this group.

    NOTE: This group is for neurodiverse members of our community ONLY. This is not for those doing research or looking to “observe”.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Group is led by trained facilitators

     

     

     

    Format: Group
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Monthly