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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  • Basic Stitches

    An Introduction to Sewing, Alteration & Clothing Repair

    Basic Stitches

    An Introduction to Sewing, Alteration & Clothing Repair

    Trans* folks 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 2-part course called “Basic Stitches – An Introduction to Sewing, Alteration, and Clothing Repair”.

    In this fun and interactive class, you will learn the basics of fabric, sewing stitches and techniques and how to repair and alter your clothing. The first part of the class covers how to hand sew, common seam types, how to treat different fabrics, and choose the best clothing to alter. The second part 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.

    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

  • Lights, Camera, Fashion!

    Behind the Scenes of a Working Fashion Photo Shoot

    Lights, Camera, Fashion!

    Behind the Scenes of a Working Fashion Photo Shoot

    Are you a photographer with an eye for fashion? Do you thumb through the latest fashion magazines and just know that you could do it better? In this new and interactive two-part lab, you will pull the curtain back on the exciting world of fashion photography and what you might encounter on a commercial shoot.

    In part one of the series, you will learn basic photography techniques and lighting your subject in collaboration with the makeup and hair team. You will focus on portraiture, how to light a model, knowing the model’s best angle and how to light their face/body. You will learn how to direct your subject and make them feel comfortable in front of the lens, as well as working with on-site makeup artists & hair stylists to perfect your model’s skin and hair to ensure you get only the best possible shots. This class is hands-on, with live demonstrations of how to transform someone’s look by shaping the light, backgrounds and positioning. Longtime commercial & fashion photographer Allen Zaki will lead the class and demonstrate techniques for finding the perfect settings on your camera. You will also learn proper lighting/exposure procedures to give you a better understanding of what goes on behind the lens as well as in front of the camera.

    In the second part of the class, you will take the lessons learned in Part 1 and put those techniques into action as you get in-depth on the face, makeup and beauty photography. You will see how to light for different skin types & ages and how lighting affects the shape of the face. You will take your subject from a clean bare look to a full glamour look. You will work alongside a glamour team (hair and makeup led by Trans* Lounge make-up instructor Kevin Spencer) to create stunning beauty photos of your subject. You will also discuss how these techniques can be applied to photographing yourself; so you will have the most flawless selfies ever.

    By the end of this class, you will have a basic knowledge of the inner-workings of a commercial photo shoot and how to get the very best out of your model, whether it is you or someone else.


    CO-INSTRUCTOR
    Allen Zaki is a California native and resides in Los Angeles, where he’s been working for the past 10 years as a commercial portrait, fashion and beauty photographer. It was on a trip to Australia that he found his passion for photography and furthered his passion by receiving a BA in commercial photography.
    His work is creative, commercial and focused on the connection with his subjects.

    When not on set you can catch Zaki at the local movie theater or grabbing a coffee at the nearest Starbucks. Give him your coffee order and he’ll meet you on set.

     

    CO-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: 2-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenters: Allen Zaki & Kevin Spencer

  • 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 is an ensemble member with Cornerstone Theater Company, and has been a part of gathering many community stories and putting them on stage. Ash currently makes experimental opera, in the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Ash Nichols

  • 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

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

    All the Basics of Make-up

    Bringing Out Your Beauty

    All the Basics of Make-up

    For many, mastering the art of applying make-up can be daunting, difficult and frustrating. But, like most things, to become good at applying make-up requires knowing certain basics and practice, practice, practice. This fun and interactive course will help you learn all the basics, rules and guidelines you need to know in order to master the art of making yourself up for both daytime and for going out on the town.

    You will learn everything from how to properly prepare your skin, to how to apply every different type of make-up, just right. You will learn which shades and colors work best for your skin tone as well as the art of emphasizing your best features and de-emphasizing the things you want to hide. You will also learn lots of tips and tricks, like quick and simple ways of transforming a daytime look into a drop-dead gorgeous nighttime look. And most importantly, you’ll learn how to accomplish all this without needing to spend very much money to get there.

    Requirement: Students must provide their own make-up basics. Basics include: foundation, powder, eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil, mascara, blush, lip liner, lipstick and a hair tie/scrunchie. Students will learn technique by applying make-up to their own face, 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 for class so you can take off your make-up upon arrival. We will provide make-up removal wipes.


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

  • 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 Practices for a Healthier, Fuller and Self-Aware Life

    Come As You Are

    Meditation Practices 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 McCoy has been practicing numerous forms of martial arts for over half of her life. She is a voracious learner and is passionate about sharing the training and disciplines she has learned to help keep her community safe and in control.

    Juniper has instructed students from ages 7 to 70. She 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 McCoy

  • 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

  • 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 feel good, you look 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 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

  • Extreme Beauty & Extreme Risk

    The Truth About Silicone

    Extreme Beauty & Extreme Risk

    The Truth About Silicone

    Today’s standards of beauty can extend toward the extremes. Some of the most desirable physical traits today, include wanting “Rick, full lips” like Angelina Jolie or curves like J-Lo.” But for trans* women who crave these forms of external femininity, achieving these goals can come with huge risks and dangers that can severely complicate their quest for physical beauty.

    We’ve all heard the horror stories from the 80’s when the dangers of silicone in the body made headlines as a result of leaking silicone breast implants. In spite of the awareness that grew out of that period, some trans* women today are ignoring those warnings in favor of injecting silicone directly into their bodies in the hope of achieving physical perfection. But, the price for injecting silicone into the body is a high one.

    This informational presentation and Q&A session with a real doctor will help you to better understand all the pros and cons of injecting silicone into your body. If you have already had silicone injections, this workshop will help you to better understand the potential problems, how to keep a lookout for warning signs and how you can become your strongest advocate, should the need arise.

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

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • Investing In Yourself

    Making Money Work For You

    Investing In Yourself

    Making Money Work For You

    Tax season is upon us and we know the world of finances and taxes can be quite intimidating, regardless if you have a traditional job or you are self-employed. With tax cuts to public benefits like Medi-Cal, it is time we as trans and gender non-conforming people learn how to better invest in ourselves!

    We will not only be discussing how to better understand your taxes and finances; this course will guide you to:

    • Recognize different forms of income
    • Learn which exemptions (or tax breaks/deductions) you are entitled to!
    • Understand how student loans can help you!
    • Assess your filing status!
    • Decide whether you should file or not!
    • Know your deadline!
    • Apply for extensions!

    This course will also inform you of local free or low-cost resources to better personalize your taxes. This course is intended to inform you so that you are better prepared to file. This is the space to ask all the questions you have without a fear of judgement.


    INSTRUCTOR
    Luna is a transfeminine non-binary identified person who uses They/Them pronouns. Luna serves as the Program Manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP) in the Legal Services Department. TEEP works to offer holistic support for job seekers in need of legal name and gender marker changes, job-development skills, employment authorization document preparation, and advocacy in employment discrimination incidents.

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Luna grew up in a low-income migrant single-parent family and they were well acquainted with the poverty and financial instability that faces many in migrant Latinx communities. Since starting their own path of transition, they have been an advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming communities, particularly in the realm of immigration, finance, and academia. With an expertise in financial planning, self-employed budgeting, and a network of resources, Luna wants to bring back power to their communities one encounter at a time.

    When they have free time, Luna enjoys spending time with their partner Adam and their cat Sandrine. Luna enjoys offering tarot and astrological birth chart readings to their friends.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: D Luna

  • Masculine Energy

    Defining the Man You Are

    Masculine Energy

    Defining the Man You Are

    In this fun and empowering discussion-based workshop designed specifically for trans* men and other masculine identifying individuals, you will learn how to unlock the masculine energy that is already flowing within you and harness it for use in your day-to-day life. The world is filled with millions of different types of men and this workshop will teach you to search within yourself to discover exactly which type of man you truly are. No topic is off-limits (respectfully, of course), so this is a great opportunity to ask questions and gain a fresh perspective to help you be the best you possible. Topics range from hormones to binding, packing, developing a more masculine walk and everything in between.

    By the end of this workshop, you will dig deep inside of yourself and learn how to embrace your “masculine energy” and MANifest it for a happy, healthy life.

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


    INSTRUCTOR
    Kellen Joseph Quinn is an 18 year old Trans Man. He is an actor, author, and a civil rights activist. Originally from a small town in Northern California, Kellen moved to Los Angeles in 2016. In June, 2017, he moderated the Trans Pride LA kick-off event, the Big Queer Convo with Aydian Dowling. His first book, The Small Town Spectrum will be published in late 2017 and he is currently working on a second book, a fictional tale of a trans teen in the foster care system. 

     

     

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Kellen Joseph Quinn

  • 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 is an ensemble member with Cornerstone Theater Company, and has been a part of gathering many community stories and putting them on stage. Ash currently makes experimental opera, in the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles.

    Format: Workshop
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Ash Nichols

  • 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

  • Smooth & Healthy

    Everything You Need to Know About Hair Removal

    Smooth & Healthy

    Everything You Need to Know About Hair Removal

    You’re probably think that all you need to know about hair removal is the number of a good Electrologist and something to bite down on while it’s happening.

    Truth be told, there are a lot of things about hair removal that you should know in order to ensure you are asking the right questions and anticipating realistic results. This light-hearted, yet informative workshop will teach you everything you need to know about electrolysis in order to be an engaged and informed client.

    Topics will include:
    • How Electrolysis Works, the pros, the cons and the costs
    • The differences between electrolysis and laser hair removal
    • How long to achieve permanent hair removal based on area of the body
    • How to schedule your hair removal appointments prior to GRS
    • Who can/cannot do Laser based on skin type and color
    • Learn the different options for permanent and temporary facial hair removal
    • Understand the four stages hair growth cycles
    • Learn the relationship between hair growth and hormones
    • How to find the best electrologist for you
    • Specific hair removal needs for the Trans* client
    • Top ten most important skin care basics
    • How to find the best professional skin care treatments and products for you
    • Home skin care regimes from simple to complex

    By the end of this workshop, you will have all the answers and the tools necessary to go out and find a good professional electrologist, as well as what to ask for and what to expect. Your days of enjoying smooth and healthy skin are at hand.

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

  • 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.


     

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    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

Labs

  • Body of Art

    Exploring Your Body Issues Through Life Drawing

    Body of Art

    Exploring Your Body Issues Through Life Drawing

    Everyone has body issues but none can compare to those experienced by someone whose body doesn’t match their true gender identity. So, when a trans* person decides that they are ready to face their body issues, they need to get creative and take bold steps that most people aren’t strong enough to attempt. This powerful and unique course was designed to teach you the basics of figure drawing and allow you to face your fears and attack body image issues head on.

    Artists have been drawing the human form for centuries because nothing is as beautiful as the human body. Everyone who has ever modeled for an artist will tell you how empowering  the experience can be. So, in this very special experimental workshop, you will have the opportunity to be the artist and the model!

    This 5-part course class will teach you the basics of drawing:  light and shade, perspective, structure and form. You will spend two of the five sessions in this class learning to draw a live model doing short and long poses. The final two sessions of the class will have you draw each-other. For these sessions you can bring your favorite outfit to model in. Or if you’re  brave you may pose fully or partially nude. This will give you an insight into how your fellow students see you and you will get a portrait of yourself made by your fellow art students.

    Students will share their drawings and take part in an empowering and thoughtful discussion about how we feel about our bodies and what this experience has taught us about how others see us. Beginners and artists of all talent levels are welcome to attend this workshop, You will learn the basics of drawing while learning to face your fears and issues about your body. This workshop has the potential of being one of the most empowering and trans-formative experiences you could have in your entire life.

    NOTE: No one will be turned away, but students are encouraged to provide their own drawing papers, drawing pads or sketch books, pencils, felt-tip pens, markers, crayons, pastels, charcoal,or other preferred media. (Students using paints or similarly permanent media must provide their own drop cloths and must leave their work areas clean.)


    INSTRUCTOR
    Paz is a fine artist that specializes in figurative work and portraits. He has over eight years of art school training and makes a living selling art in various galleries and art festivals locally, nationally and internationally.

    He transitioned in 2009 and has shown his work at the Los Angeles LGBT Center during both Bi Day of Celebration and Trans Pride LA. He has also taught drawing and painting privately.

     

    Format: 5-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Class Requirements: Sketch pad, pencils or other media
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenter: Paz

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lights, Camera, Fashion!

    Behind the Scenes of a Working Fashion Photo Shoot

    Lights, Camera, Fashion!

    Behind the Scenes of a Working Fashion Photo Shoot

    Are you a photographer with an eye for fashion? Do you thumb through the latest fashion magazines and just know that you could do it better? In this new and interactive two-part lab, you will pull the curtain back on the exciting world of fashion photography and what you might encounter on a commercial shoot.

    In part one of the series, you will learn basic photography techniques and lighting your subject in collaboration with the makeup and hair team. You will focus on portraiture, how to light a model, knowing the model’s best angle and how to light their face/body. You will learn how to direct your subject and make them feel comfortable in front of the lens, as well as working with on-site makeup artists & hair stylists to perfect your model’s skin and hair to ensure you get only the best possible shots. This class is hands-on, with live demonstrations of how to transform someone’s look by shaping the light, backgrounds and positioning. Longtime commercial & fashion photographer Allen Zaki will lead the class and demonstrate techniques for finding the perfect settings on your camera. You will also learn proper lighting/exposure procedures to give you a better understanding of what goes on behind the lens as well as in front of the camera.

    In the second part of the class, you will take the lessons learned in Part 1 and put those techniques into action as you get in-depth on the face, makeup and beauty photography. You will see how to light for different skin types & ages and how lighting affects the shape of the face. You will take your subject from a clean bare look to a full glamour look. You will work alongside a glamour team (hair and makeup led by Trans* Lounge make-up instructor Kevin Spencer) to create stunning beauty photos of your subject. You will also discuss how these techniques can be applied to photographing yourself; so you will have the most flawless selfies ever.

    By the end of this class, you will have a basic knowledge of the inner-workings of a commercial photo shoot and how to get the very best out of your model, whether it is you or someone else.


    CO-INSTRUCTOR
    Allen Zaki is a California native and resides in Los Angeles, where he’s been working for the past 10 years as a commercial portrait, fashion and beauty photographer. It was on a trip to Australia that he found his passion for photography and furthered his passion by receiving a BA in commercial photography.
    His work is creative, commercial and focused on the connection with his subjects.

    When not on set you can catch Zaki at the local movie theater or grabbing a coffee at the nearest Starbucks. Give him your coffee order and he’ll meet you on set.

     

    CO-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: 2-part Lab
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Enrollment fee: Free
    Scheduling: Presenters Availability
    Presenters: Allen Zaki & Kevin Spencer

  • 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

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    TrueVoice

    Using Musical Technique to Attain Your True Vocal Range

    TrueVoice is a vocal development program, designed specifically for individuals in the trans/gender non-conforming 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 new and exciting 4-part lab begins with a simple statement of goals. 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: The instructor has decided that to best serve the students in this workshop, each series of classes will focus on either masculine or feminine vocal ranges. Please make note of which edition of the class is being offered when registering.


    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 community. Ryland studied vocal performance at New York University.

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

Social & Support Groups

  • Coming Out To Others

    Sharing Your True Self with the Ones You Love

    Coming Out To Others

    Sharing Your True Self with the Ones You Love

    You’ve learned to embrace your trans* identity and you’ve explored and discovered your own form of true gender expression. Now it’s time to share this part of yourself with the people you love and care for. Coming out to others can be a difficult and fearful endeavor. Unfortunately, many cis-gender people don’t always respond to learning about our trans* identity as we would hope. But that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t let them know about and share in the life you are creating.

    Inviting your loved ones to share in your life is one of the most precious gifts you can give to another person. But the love you have for them, doesn’t always guarantee that they will recognize or appreciate your news as you hope they will. So, in preparing to come out to others, there are things you can do to prepare yourself, as well as your loved ones, to increase your chances of getting the most positive outcome possible.

    During the course of this group, you will learn how to set realistic expectations, more fully develop the language of coming out, identify more personal ways of connecting, creating a safety net and support system, preparing yourself for the worst and teaching yourself to see all the positive outcomes.

    In short, the primary goal of this group is to arm you with all the skills and language necessary in order to allow you to come out to the people you love on your own terms, in your true voice and for your own growth and empowerment.

    Format: 8 Sessions
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Meetings: Weekly
    Facilitated by: Various

  • Coming Out to Yourself

    Discovering & Embracing Your Place on the Gender Binary

    Coming Out to Yourself

    Discovering & Embracing Your Place on the Gender Binary

    Exploring your gender identity can be a frightening and difficult journey, but this intense level of self-discovery is key to finally being able to accept your truth and embrace the whole being you are from the inside out. Coming Out to yourself as trans* can be an incredibly transcendent experience which begins when you first consider the possibility that your true gender identity doesn’t fit neatly within societies simplistic, masculine and feminine binary. The process of questioning, exploring, discovering, accepting and ultimately embracing your true gender identity is the primary goal of this very special group.

    During each weekly meeting, our trained facilitators will guide you through a very intimate journey into the deepest recesses of your heart, mind and soul, all in an effort to help you unlock your truths and embrace your perfectly beautiful trans* identity.

    Format: 8 Sessions
    Pre-enrollment: Required
    Meetings: Weekly
    Facilitated by: Various