Community Bulletin Board

To T or not to T?
In a hilariously intimate reflection on taking T(estosterone) and his experiences transitioning, Tamil-Sri Lankan American artist D’Lo shares his confusion with, and pushback to, what is expected when one passes as a cisgender, straight, man of color.

Fusing stand-up comedy and storytelling, To T, or Not To T confronts D’Lo’s quest to embody a beautiful masculinity that upholds his queer & feminist politic.

Written & Performed by D’Lo
Directed by Adelina Anthony

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with the new trans health team at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.

The fun goes from 8:30 – 10 PM at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.
2017 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814.

For questions, contact Mallery Robinson at [email protected].

To volunteer or donate; contact [email protected]

The AMAAD Institute (Arming Minorities Against Addiction & Disease) is excited to host their first “In Living Color” Awards Ceremony and Mixer on October 11 from 6:00 -9:00 pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health at 11833 Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059.

As October is observed as LGBT History Month, AMAAD and partners recognize the opportunity to further acknowledge the contributions of Black people during the month. The purpose of In Living Color is to highlight Black men and women who have made strides in work of LGBT representation and equality. In Living Color will recognize these community leaders with each color of the rainbow as well as the Black Awards of Innovation and Dedication.

Join the AMAAD Institute and partners on October 11 for In Living Color! MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

AMAAD are looking for volunteers for the event so if you would like to volunteer, contact Anthony at 323-569-1610 or [email protected].

Models of Pride is the world’s largest FREE conference for LGBTQ youth & allies, including parents & professionals. The full-day event includes an Opening Session, over 130 workshops, lunch, a resource fair, college fair, job fair, dinner, entertainment hour, and outdoor dance party – all free!

Models of Pride 27 is on Saturday October 19, at Los Angeles City College (LACC). All day, FREE parking is available at Parking Lot 1 and Parking Structure 2.

Online registration for Models of Pride will close Wednesday, October 16, at 10 a.m., but you can also register onsite the morning of Models of Pride beginning at 7:30 a.m. You must register/check-in before 1:30 p.m. to participate in the conference.

NUESTRX FUTURO is a community session intended to gather feedback and from the transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) community about what policy change is needed in the state of California.This will be the first of a monthly policy meeting that we will be hosting every month.

We will be brainstorming about what a potential policy change can be in the 2019-2020 legislative session. It is an opportunity to learn about policy, share your lived experiences and expertise, and sit of the forefront of change for next year. This is a collaboration between [email protected] Coalition, Unique Women’s Coalition, Gender Justice LA, The Transgender Service Provider Network, TransCanWork and PLATform (a leadership program hosted by the Trans Wellness Center). We will talking about potential policy change in these 6 areas:

  • Economic Stability & Housing Equity
  • Educational Access & Research Justice
  • Holistic, Accessible, & Universal Health Care
  • Ending Policing, Criminalization, & State Violence
  • Decriminalizing Migration & Global Trans Rights
  • Gender Justice & Identity Autonomy

This is an event open to all, but centering the experience of TGI people. Food and drinks will be provided.

WHEN: Monday, October 28; 7 – 9 PM
WHERE: The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza – 1125 N. McCadden Pl. LA 90038
ADMISSION: RSVP required (RSVP link to be announced soon via Trans* Lounge email!)
PARKING: Free parking is available at the Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus (Across the street from the Village)
REQUIREMENTS: Legal identification and any paperwork you feel is pertinent to your situation

November is Trans Awareness Month! Celebrate with the Trans* Lounge and TransKind Los Angeles at our 2nd Annual Trans A-WEAR-ness Clothing Swap. Whether you are looking for garments that are more aligned with your identity or just want to clear some space in your closet, we can help find great new homes for GENTLY USED clothes and accessories.

We are also happy to announce that our very own Express Yourself – The Language of Fashion & Creating Your Personal Style instructor; Allison Roth will be on hand as your very own “on-site fashion consultant”. There will be some bags for you to take things home with you but you might think about bringing a large bag/suitcase so you can take away lots of fun new (to you) clothing! You may begin dropping off clothing at 12 PM on Thursday, October 31 at the Village. See the TransKind Los Angeles Facebook page or contact Gina at 323-860-7336 for more info!

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, 12 – 4 PM
WHERE: The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza – 1125 N. McCadden Pl. LA 90038
DONATIONS: We appreciate your generosity but please only clean, GENTLY USED clothing.
*Food & Beverages will be available!

TYPE THREE workshops; ONE day
DATES Saturday, November 16
TIMES 1 – 1:30 PM
LOCATION The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

The path that Trans and ENBY folx travel is often lined with many challenges. Being kind to ourselves and practicing self-care is often overlooked; especially in these hectic times. And with Transgender Day of Remembrance and the holidays coming up, we thought a special self-care day was in order.

As part of our Trans Awareness Month programming, Trans* Lounge is pleased to be hosting our first ever Self Care Saturday. Join us for THREE healing, fun and introspective workshops all on one day; Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 AM – 2:30 PM at the Village.

Heal and soothe your mind and body with workshops specializing in self-massage, juggling for wellness and meditation (including sound bath!) Enjoy an afternoon with community in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided, and parking will be available at our Anita May Rosenstein Campus across from the Village.

— Update Your Resume
— Practice your interview skills
— Dress to impress!

If you have any questions, you can contact our Transgender Economic Empowerment Project at 323-993-7410 or [email protected]

WHERE: The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90038

WHEN: Thursday, November 7; 11 AM – 3 PM


PARKING: Parking is limited to street and metered parking, so please consider ride sharing or public transportation.

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.

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

As of January 4, 2019, the Center’s Friday evening drop-in group; Transgender Perceptions has moved back to room 209 at the Village!

Parking is available for you at our new Anita May Rosenstein Campus Youth Center on Highland (1118 N. McCadden Pl.. LA 90038. Across the street from the Village).

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This group now meets every OTHER Friday; 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Trans Wellness Center
3055 Wilshire Blvd. 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010

For more info, contact Jesse at 213-375-3830 ext. 1803

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].

Questions? Email [email protected] or click below for more info.

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.

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 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 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

Join us on the First Saturday of Each Month for NBULA, the Non-Binary Union Los Angeles! We’ll be meeting to get to know each other, discuss issues and needs of the non-binary community, and begin brainstorming ideas for the direction and purpose of NBULA.

Remember to work on your homework assignment of listing “Five (5) Priority Issues Facing Non-Binary People” for us to discuss at-length then determine which issues we as a collective would like to address.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided, and potluck food/beverages are welcome. Bring your enby friends and let’s get to work! Limited street parking available near house, highly suggest carpooling or Uber/Lyft if possible.

If you are unable to join us in person, here’s the info for the conference call to use starting at 2:00pm:
tel: 563-999-2407
pin: 416309#

**For our first series of meetings, this will be a non-binary exclusive space to allow vulnerability in discussions and ensure non-binary leadership in the direction of NBULA**

**Confidentiality is the golden rule of the meeting to welcome enbies who cannot be out and need discretion. Guest List will remain hidden to allow privacy and discretion for those who prefer or need it.**

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 Program Manager Gina Bigham at [email protected].