Community Bulletin Board

There are A LOT of resources on this page, both COVID and general community-related. Please browse all the way to the bottom to make sure you haven’t missed anything.


TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBERS MAKING WAVES…

TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR HARMONY LEE PRESENTS “HEAL 2 HELP”; A WEEKLY HEALING SPACEDo you feel heaviness in your chest? Depression? Anxiety? Stomach pains and nausea? Physical pain?

These are physical symptoms of nervous system dysregulation.

Would you like your mind to slow down?

Breathe.

Let’s find clarity together.

Healers are critical in the social change ecosystem. I look to my fellow healers and see us frozen, dis-regulated, stuck, overwhelmed.

In short, we are unable to help to our fullest potential.

In this state of chronic stress and collective trauma, we need clarity in order to access our medicine, our magic, our intuition, our vision for highest healing. To do that we need to find our breath, regulate our nervous system, and heal ourselves so we do not inflict harm on those we are trying to support.

Panicked nervous systems lead to panicked decisions, which can consume valuable time. But, we can leverage nervous system co-regulation through mirror neuron response to amplify healing, sustain our selves, and help those who need us, now more than ever.

This is a space of non-judgement. By being here, you are doing enough.

Breathe.

We have work to do.

Please share with your fellow healers who are dedicated to Black liberation and healing justice.



TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR MARTIN VITORINO IS ORGANIZING a TRANS/GNC/GQ/NB ONLINE MEDITATION RETREAT

The pandemic has many of us isolated and in a difficult place. If you are interested in connecting with trans* community and centering yourself in some self-compassion, I highly recommend this upcoming meditation retreat that will be online for trans/gnc/nb folx from Sept 17-20th. It is offered on a donation basis. No one turned away.

This is the 2nd annual Creating Joy in Community Meditation Retreat for the Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, Genderqueer, and Non-binary communities. This 4 day online retreat will be a space, where the grounding of kindness and compassion will support the healing from day to day harms and legacies of injustice.

We will offer meditation, mindful movement and heart-centered practices. These practices will be offered in silence balanced with discussions and community-building group exercises that nurture radical connection, joy and resilience.

Begin Thursday, September 17th 7pm PT

End Sunday, September 20th Noon PT


NON-BINARY ARTIST MOLLY ALLIS’S NEW BILINGUAL CHILDREN’S BOOK, “HOORAY, WHAT A DAY!/¡VIVA, QUÉ DÍA!”

“Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva,Qué Día!” is a bilingual children’s book by non-binary artist Molly Allis. It follows ten-year old Frankie and their best friend Jesse through a joyful day in their queer and colorful community. Join Frankie and Jesse as they go to a parade, make DIY projects together, and help out at the neighborhood garden. Along the way Frankie learns to celebrate the people in their life that they get to call their chosen family. People of all ages can enjoy this uplifting look at identity, self-esteem and friendship.

Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva, Qué Día! will also be part of Gender Inclusive Classrooms’ resource list of books for teachers who want to foster safe, welcoming gender-inclusive classrooms. To learn more about Gender Inclusive Classrooms’ mission, click here.

Lastly, Molly is available to connect with people about this book! If you know anyone who might be interested in featuring Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva, Qué Día! on a blog, podcast, or other types of media, please feel free to reach out to us at Trans* Lounge and we will get you in touch.


TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR AUNJEL FULLINGTON PRESENTS “EMBODIED RELIEF”; A SELF-MASSAGE & MOVEMENT PRACTICE FOR BLACK FOLX ONLY

LINK TO THURSDAY

LINK TO SATURDAY



COVID-19 RESOURCES

GENERAL


RESOURCE LISTS AND INDEXES


FOOD


HOUSING

  • Anti-Violence Program LA LGBT Center, (323) 993-7673:
    Services, including legal, for those who have experienced violence, discrimination, and harassment

  • Clean Power Alliance



  • Do you live in Sawtelle? Get paid to share your experience getting around your neighborhood!
     
    KDI is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to conduct Changing Lanes: A Gender Equity Transportation StudyThe study is a paid opportunity for community members to help ensure LA’s transportation system works better for those of all genders during times of crisis and business as usual. 
     
    LADOT is conducting this study because, historically, data collected on transportation patterns has overrepresented travel by men, meaning our streets, buses, sidewalks, trains, bicycle networks and much more have not been designed with users of all genders in mind. The Changing Lanes study will collect data on the ways all residents get around the city and their neighborhoods to improve gender equity in transportation planning and service decisions. The survey will also collect data on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel patterns by different groups.
     
    In this first phase of the study, we’re working in three neighborhoods: Sun Valley, Sawtelle, and Watts. LADOT will use the data collected in the study to inform pilot projects in these study neighborhoods to test different types of improvements.
     
    We are seeking Sawtelle community members to participate in the study (all participation is paid)
     
    1. Join a small working group of community members for approximately three 1-2 hour virtual meetings between June and September. The working group will advise KDI on local outreach methods and other aspects of the project. Working group meetings will be in English and Spanish and we will provide any meeting materials in any languages that are helpful to community members. 
     
    2. Call Sawtelle community members and complete short phone surveys. All calling will be done at home and is paid. Surveying will take place between July and August. 
     
    Community members interested in joining the Sawtelle Working Group and/or administering phone surveys should reach out to Carolyn Angius at [email protected] or 971-409-3667


  • Clean Jacks Cleaning Services

    Get more info on this innovative new way that the FIGHT Magazine is trying to keep out of work bartenders and food services folx employed at this critical time. 


 

TRANS SPECIFIC RESOURCES


EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES


FINANCIAL

 

MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS APPS


RESOURCES FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS


CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES


Sex Workers Outreach Project – Los Angeles (SWOPLA) is a peer support organization run by and for sex workers. Our mission is, broadly,  to pursue our human rights to bodily autonomy, racial and social justice, and mutual liberation through outreach, education, mutual aid and political advocacy.

Sex workers are extremely vulnerable right now as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us relied on work that we can no longer do because of health and safety concerns, and many of us can no longer work under the new “Stay Home” orders. Many of the most marginalized and vulnerable people in our community rely on sex work for income. Many disabled people, trans people, people of color, and queer people rely on sex work for income, face serious barriers to accessing institutional help, and are now suffering greatly.

We are trying to raise funds to directly aid sex workers impacted by COVID-19, and ask for you to help us however you can. Please, donate, share, and apply for assistance. 

Link to Donate

Link to Apply for Emergency Relief Funds

For more Information




Tell us your story and follow the simple process to apply.

Amount: $2,500 (awarded annually)

Payment is made directly to your accredited U.S. College or University.

Current Deadline: 12/31/2020

Simple Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Identify as Transgender
  • Plan to pursue a degree, or currently pursuing a degree, at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

 


RESEARCH SURVEY

How Trans/GNC Folx Are Surivivng Covid-19

ABOUT ME: My name is Dani Sandler (they/them), and I’m a California native and a nonbinary master’s student at the London School of Economics. I’m working on my final dissertation now which is focusing on how trans and gender-nonconforming folx are experiencing covid-19, quarantine, and this generally hectic time. As the situation got more serious since the start of the year, I decided to make my paper about this in an attempt to use the institutional privilege of the LSE to amplify trans and GNC voices typically unheard and invisible in cisheteronormative academic publishing.

COMPENSATION: ($20) coffee and a bite or an equivalent donation to a cause of your choice 

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

  • Structure: Individual interviews of roughly 45 min
  • PRIVACY: all data collected will be anonymized and participants will not be identifiable by someone reading the paper (i.e., your name, where you work, names of people you mention, specific locations will all be anonymized and redacted to protect privacy. Any other privacy-related concerns will be taken seriously and will be dealt with the maximum that can be done to protect it.).
  • CONSENT: interview participants can choose to withdraw their consent for part of all of the interview (i.e., the use of their data) both during and after it takes place at any point up until the paper will be submitted on 25 Aug 2020.
  • Kinds of questions I’ll be asking: Where you live and what you do, how you’re getting by in this time, whom you’ve been able to rely on or whom you’ve been supporting, how covid-19 has affected your employment and access to essentials like food, electricity, shelter, and the like.
  • Note: More than having a rigid set of questions that I am looking to get answered, these are just general guidelines and I’d prefer to give space to folx to talk about their own experiences, in their own words, on their own terms.

TO PARTICIPATE & FOR MORE INFO:
Dani Sandler (they/them)
Twitter: @danisandCA

Sex Education Research Study

Hello! We are researchers from the Washington State University Psychology Department. We are conducting a psychology research project on the well-being of gender minority students, including transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming students. This research has been certified exempt for review by the WSU Institutional Review Board.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: For our study, we are seeking participants who identify themselves as a gender minority (not cisgender), ages 18-26 years old, speak fluent English, and have experienced sex education. We are working with organizations at institutions throughout the country to help us recruit participants, and you may be receiving this information from an organization you are a member of or affiliated with.

WHAT IT CONSISTS OF: Participants will complete an online survey that will take about 15 minutes on a voluntary basis. Upon successful completion of the online survey, participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle draw for one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.

All responses to the survey will be completely anonymous. The survey includes some sensitive questions regarding mental and sexual health, sexuality, gender identity, and other personal information. All information is kept anonymous and confidential. Any questions can be sent to Gregory Keiser at [email protected]. This study has been certified exempt for human subjects review by the Washington State University Institutional Review Board. If you are interested in participating, please visit the following secure website link below.

Thank you very much for your consideration!


The Trans Wellness Center and APAIT are excited to announce our June HIV Testing drive – Please see attached flyer and share with your networks.

ALL Trans* ID’d clients who get a rapid HIV test in the month of June can earn up to $100 in American Express Gift Cards.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. first register as a Trans Wellness Center client at: beyou.mytranswellness.org
  2. Call to schedule a time to come in, TWC: 323-993-2900
  3. Come check-in at Trans Wellness Center: 3055 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 360, Los Angeles, CA 90010
  4. Complete Rapid HIV test (w APAIT testing storefront).
  5. Receive $50 American Express gift card for completing the test.
  6. Then, refer up to two (2x) friends for an additional $25 American Express gift card per friend (up to $50).

We look forward to serving you and supporting your health and wellness!


 



UCLA and the Los Angeles LGBT Center have launched a new Tobacco and Cannabis Use survey for 18-29 year olds who live in California and smoke tobacco. Survey respondents will earn $10 via Venmo for completing the survey, if eligible. Please feel free to circulate the survey and the survey materials with your clients and listservs! The survey is available in English and Spanish.
 
Please visit www.uclatobaccostudy.com to find more information about the study and screen for eligibility.

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The goal of this study is to understand what sexual violence against transgender and nonbinary college undergraduates looks like. Most of the research on sexual assault against college students has been about cisgender women. Trans and nonbinary students have their own stories and unique challenges.

Sexual assault prevention has focused on cisgender women, but trans/nonbinary students need their own solutions that addresses the types of assaults they experience. This study will be used to develop the first intervention designed specifically to prevent sexual assault against trans/nonbinary students.

The information you provide about your perspectives and/or experiences is valuable and will be used to:

  • Understand what unwanted sexual experiences and sexual assault look like for trans and nonbinary undergraduates

  • Create the first intervention designed to prevent unwanted sexual experiences and sexual assault for trans and nonbinary undergraduates

  • Advocate for better policies to support trans and nonbinary students

PARTICIPATION: Focus Groups & Survey

Are you a trans or nonbinary undergraduate student age 18-25?

Participate in an online text-based focus group or an anonymous online survey. Participants will receive gift certificates for $20 and $25 for their participation.


Need to talk? The Trans Lifeline is a peer support hotline run by and for trans/GNC/ENBY folx. They are available 7 AM – 1 AM PST / 9 AM – 3 AM CST / 10 AM – 4 AM EST. Volunteers may be available off hours. Call the Hotline at 877-565-8860.


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.


For more info: [email protected] or text 424-343-7752


For More Info; contact Mireya Amador at 562.294.5500 x. 214 or Ada Aleman at 562-294-5500 x.200. 



Even while the Trump administration attacks our health care access, it’s important to know what our rights are and what our options are. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Health Coverage Guide, a new step-by-step resource designed to help get your insurance company to cover the care you need and that you have the right to access.

The Health Coverage Guide is an interactive tool for transgender people, our families, and caregivers seeking coverage for transition-related care, offering step-by-step instructions for learning what your plan covers and to get pre-authorizations for transition-related care. It’s designed especially for people with private insurance and Medicaid, and there are resources for those with Medicare too.

Too frequently, transgender people endure surprise medical bills and denials for basic treatments simply because of who we are. For far too long, we’ve waited for a resource to help patients get insurance companies to APPROVE their health care—so we made one! According to our US Transgender Survey, one in four transgender people with insurance coverage reports experiencing mistreatment or unfair denials in the year prior to taking the survey. We’re on the front lines of trying to change this, and the Health Coverage Guide is one step in the right direction.

Check out the Health Coverage Guide now!

In Solidarity,

Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director


Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace against transgender people is still alarmingly common. That’s why the Los Angeles LGBT Center offers services to help transgender women and men develop professional skills, find employment with trans-friendly employers and thrive in the workplace.

Free Services Include:
— One-on-one sessions with a client advocate
— Help setting and achieving career goals
— Job Interview Workshops
— Help Crafting a powerful resume
— Name and gender change and other legal assistance, both employment and non-employment related, including criminal record expungement

Call: 323-860-3713 or send an email to: [email protected]


The Trans Wellness Center (TWC) provides comprehensive resources and services for transgender and non-binary people under one roof. The 3,000-square-foot center is the first-of-its-kind in the United States, with six local organizations joining forces to create this new home for wellness. The TWC was conceived and created by community leaders and allies, honoring their lifelong dedication to raise awareness about the needs and the contributions of the transgender community

Funded through a $1 million annual grant for three to five years from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the development and opening of the TWC was 10 years in the making. As a result, the TWC was formed by the following six local community organizations: APAIT (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team); Bienestar; Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Friends Community Center; [email protected] Coalition; and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is leading the management and operations support for the TWC. Below are just some of the amazing programming offered by the Trans Wellness Center.

Get important info on the updated status of Trans Wellness Center services… TWC_May_2020_Programs_Services


The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s LifeWorks program offers programming that helps support and develop youth ages 24 and under who identify within the LGBTQ+ Spectrum. Their one-on-one mentorship program supports youth from various backgrounds by matching them with mentors who can relate and help a youth develop academically, professionally, and personally.

Many of our trans youth find it challenging to see themselves becoming successful adults, we are currently in need of Trans Identified professionals of all backgrounds to join our one-on-one mentoring program.

For anyone interested, please contact Mentoring Coordinator Emmy Martinez at 323-860-7391 or [email protected].


As an organization founded and sustained by volunteers, the Los Angeles LGBT Center offers a wide range of meaningful opportunities to support its mission to build a world where LGBTQ people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society. Why should you volunteer at the Center?

  • To participate in fun and exciting events.
  • To meet other great people who support the Center’s mission
  • Because we depend on YOU! The Center wouldn’t exist without the support of its dedicated volunteers.

From client-focused opportunities, to supporting fundraising events, the Center offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

To learn more about the Center’s volunteer program, please register to attend our next Volunteer Information Session. You can register using the link on their website below.


For more information, please contact [email protected] or 323-993-8984.



The Black LGBTQ+ Action Coalition (BLAC) is the AMAAD Institute’s newest project! In partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, starting January 11, 2020, BLAC will meet every second Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and every fourth Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss and respond to the mental, behavioral, and emotional health needs of the Black LGBTQ+ communities in Los Angeles.

This action group will be led by Gerald Garth and Vanessa Warri, both of whom bring years of community engagement and social justice for Black and Black LGBTQ+ people.

Participation will be compensated! If you want to be a part of making sure our voices are heard and resources follow, be a part of BLAC.



For more information, call 323-863-3431 or email [email protected]


When it comes to your identity, the only person you have to answer to is YOU! It doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you learn to love who you see in the mirror.

To that end, one of our Trans* Lounge members has asked that we share this great new t-shirt design. Please note that the majority of the proceeds from these shirts are going to Invisible Men, an organization here in LA dedicated to supporting transmen and non-binary transmasculine people of color.

You can find out more about them at invisibletmen.com or to purchase one of these super cool t-shirts, click below!



We Exist is a Los Angeles DMH-funded program dedicated to expanding access and improving services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex & Two-Spirit transition-age youth and their families/caregivers.

We Exist serves Culver City, the Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, West L.A. and South Bay / Harbor Cities.

These groups are a great, free resource for folks 16-25 as well as family members. All are welcome! These are separate, open groups that run back to back for 6-weeks and touch on a range of topics related to LGBTQ+ identities and experiences.

Feel free to post or forward this to anyone who might be interested or have clients who could benefit from this resource. This is a great opportunity for young LGBTQ+ folks and allies to make friends and take advantage of a $5 gift card for each group they attend. Family members will learn how to support queer and questioning youth in a way that feels meaningful to them.


The Survivor’s Support Group is offered at no cost, and takes place on Tuesday afternoons at 14651 Oxnard St. Van Nuys. 

Those interested can contact our Pride Lead Advocates at (818) 933-9487. 

For 24/7 support and referrals, folks can also call for crisis response line at (818) 886-0453


The TRUTH study is a research initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health that is focused on preventing HIV and improving the health and wellness of Black, Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islander, Native, Indigenous and mixed race trans and gender non-conforming youth in Los Angeles.

TRUTH: A Trans Youth of Color Study
The Saban Research Institute
4661 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-336-1168
Email[email protected]



The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between trans well-being and self-efficacy (an individual’s belief in their ability to achieve goals). This project additionally explores political activism and psychotherapy experiences.

If you identify as trans, are at least 18 years old, and reside in the U.S.you are eligible to participate in this online survey! The survey may take an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes to complete.

Your participation and responses will remain confidential.


A Transitional Housing Program for Trans / GNC / Intersex Folks!

This is not an emergency housing option, unfortunately. This is a transitional housing option to allow trans community members to stabilize and move toward more permanent housing. This is a 6 MONTH program that will provide case management, assistance with saving funds, and provide a trans friendly living space for folks having difficulty finding trans friendly housing. The house is located in South Los Angeles.

Find the preliminary requirements above. Please share with your networks and contact Michaé Pulido at [email protected] or 213-201-3400 if you have any questions!


The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather information from one million or more people living in the United States. All of Us is a research program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.

$25 gift card upon completion of your visit



This is the first free QTPOC led by and for Non Binary/GNC/Questioning individuals in Los Angeles County.

Free Food, HIV/HEP C Testing Referrals, and free resources are provided at group as well.

The location of group is at The Wall Las Memorias Project DTLA office.

800 W 6th St. Los Angeles, CA  90014

Contact Adam Reyes [email protected] or Victor “Vicky” Gutierrez (He/She/They) [email protected] if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. They can also can assist with parking as well. Street Parking, Uber or Lyft ride and public transportation is highly recommended.

Public Transportation: Metro 7th & Figueroa & Metro 7th & Flower (The Bloc) Stations nearby.


As you may or may not be aware, we have an amazing queer oasis in our midst. Cuties is a safe queer space and host many events for the LA queer community. They’re also just generally a great and welcoming hangout. Being a coffee shop, it’s a safe space for not just the queer community at large, but for those of the community who are not allowed to be in or are uncomfortable/unable to be in alcoholic spaces for one reason or another.

However, Cuties needs your help! In order to keep their doors open and continue to provide the programs and services the café has become known for, Cuties is seeking an infusion of $12,000 in funds from the Patreon supporters. Unlike Kickstarter, where a donor gives to a project once up front, Patreon works on a subscription model, where donors commit to be billed for a monthly contribution. The suggested tier is $10 each month, which includes a monthly cup of coffee and access to a subscribers-only online content feed, but contributions from $2 to $250 per month are encouraged, with special rewards for each level.



If you have an event or announcement you would like to share with our community, please send promotional materials and details to Trans* Lounge at: [email protected]