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.
- LA County Resources
Call: 211. LA County Resources: Includes: Housing, Food, Mental Health, Legal, Etc
- California LifeLine
Subsidized and free smart phone and service for eligible for low-income participants
- LA Map of Sanitation and Refresh Stations:
Map of hand-washing and sanitation stations for those who are unhoused.
Online AA Meetings
- Court Openings in LA County:
Up to date information and the openings and services of courts in LA County.
- Southern California Edison:
Suspension of Service Disconnections due to non-payment of bill
Suspension of Service Disconnections due to non-payment of bill, and payment plans offered during Covid-19
Federal assistance program for pay utility bills for qualifying low-income households
- My Low Cost Auto:
Low-cost auto insurance options for those that qualify
- My Health LA:
No Cost Healthcare program in LA County
Interim Guidance for HIV and Covid-19
On March 23rd, trans-led organizations from across California sent a letter to the office of Governor Gavin Newsom about the specific needs of TGI people in the midst of COVID-19. We followed up with their office on April 1st, and Governor Newsom has yet to address the significant needs of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) people in the midst of COVID-19.
TGI people are being disproportionately affected by coronavirus and the direct support of community based organizations is what is keeping them alive. TGI people face significant barriers in accessing housing, employment, and healthcare, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic, which calls for immediate action. TGI people who are being held in jails, prisons, and detention settings now not only face the risk of physical and sexual violence, but the risk of becoming terminally ill as well.
Please sign the petition below to join our effort to get the CA state government to take action!
RESOURCE LISTS AND INDEXES
- LA County Crowdsource Resource List:
An index of resources in LA County, including: food, education, finanical, and resources for specific communities. Lots of links here!
- LA County & CA Covid-19 Resource Index – One Degree:
An index form the non-profit One Degree who strive to provide comprehensive, updated and accurate community resource information, these resources include: food, educational, financial, childcare, and other resources. During the COVID-19 outbreak we maintain that same commitment and are happy to provide this guide as a quick and effective reference to resources you might need during this period.
- LA Mutual Aid Google Form:
A community sign-up form for members of the Los Angeles community to offer skills, resources, supplies, space and time to community members who are affected by COVID – 19 and the most vulnerable among us.
Resource list for Los Angeles resources: food, financial, housing, and more.
- How to Support the Incarcerated during Covid-19:
Practical support guide for support individuals and loved ones who are currently incarcerated.
- Los Angeles LGBT Center Pride Pantry:
- LA Food Bank Pantry:
Where to access food pantries and food banks in LA County.
- Every Table:
Low-cost food delivery and stores focused on access, and including underserved communities. Accepts EBT and food stamps.
- St. Francis Center:
Meal services, clothing closets,
showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs
(over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles
- Elder Nutrition Program:
Low-cost food for seniors including meal delivery
- Grocery Assistance
- Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Provides rental assistance funds to low- and moderate-income eligible households economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.(Apply Here)
In order to be eligible, you must be a renter residing in the unincorporated communities in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th Supervisorial Districts of LA County. (Eligibility Here)
- LA Tenants Union:
Support and advocating around evictions, especially during Covid-19
- The People Concern:
Housing navigation support
- National Center for Trans Equality – Know Your Rights:
Resources and legal rights for accessing housing and homeless shelters as a trans individual
Housing navigation support
- Together We Rise:
Housing for Foster Youth, including those displaced by school closures: If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email [email protected] and we will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
Free Storage for 30 days for college students during Covid-19
- Domestic Shelters:
Resource for locating local Domestic Violence Shelters and Support
- National Domestic Violence Hotline Covid-19 – English:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 24/7 Hotline / Text LOVEIS to 22522 / Staying Safe during Covid-19
- National Domestic Violence Hotline Covid-19 (Disponible en Español):
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 24/7 Hotline / enviar de texto con un mensaje LOVEIS al 22522 / Mantenerse segurx durante COVID-19
- STOP Violence Program LA LGBT Center, (323) 860-5806:
Domestic violence with mental health and legal services support: (323) 860-5806 Warmline during busniess hours
- 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 Study. The 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
- Covid-19 and Chest Binding:
Tips for healthy, safety and stretching in relation to respiratory infections.
- National Center for Trans Equality:
Tips for staying safe and planning ahead during Covid-19 crisis.
- National Center for Trans Equality – Know Your Rights:
Resources and legal rights that protect transgender folx
- This is What Trans Looks Like – Community Aid Form:
A trans community sign-up form for members of the Los Angeles community to offer/request skills, resources, supplies, space and time to community members who are affected by COVID – 19.
- gc2b Quarantine Tips for Parents and Children:
A helpful guide of suggestions and tips for Parents quarantined with their Trans/GNC/ENBY/Queer children.
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
- Spectrum Internet – Free for Students:
Free internet access for households with K-12 students. To enroll with no fees, call: (844) 488-8395
At home learning resources
At home learning Resources
- LAUSD Learn at Home:
Free online learning resources.
- Amazing Educational Resources:
Index/List of FREE educational subscriptions
- ST Math:
Free online math instruction
- LA Public Library:
Free online resources from the Public Library
- LA Jobs Portal (Disponible en Español):
Job board and resources for those impacted economically.
- Employment Development Department:
- State of California Unemployment guidance sheet for Covid-19.
- Labor & Workforce Development:
California Employment Rights During Covid-19
- OnWard CA:
California resource for those impacted by job loss during Covid-19, including training, job search and connection to other essential resources
- CA Franchise Tax Board:
60 Day Extension to file California taxes
- USBG Charity Foundation:
Bartender Emergency Financial Assistance Grant
- One Fair Wage:
Emergency Relief Fund for Service Workers
Index of Emergency Relief Funds for Artists & Non-Profits
- LA Economic Development:
Resources for Small Businesses and Workers during Covid-19, including small business loans
- We Are Soze:
Artist + Activist Relief Fund
- LA Department of Cultural Affairs:
Emergency Relief Fund for Artists who had projects cancelled
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
California Community Foundation (CCF) together with the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Sam Francis Foundation, and the Shepard and Amanda Fairey Foundation, have launched the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists, a collaborative effort to support the region’s visual artists who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) is administering this Fund. The Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists is distributing $655,000 to help the region’s visual artists who represent the various and diverse communities of Los Angeles County.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness in Orange County:
- Orange County Warmline: (714) 991-6412 Providing emotional support and Orange County resources. Times: 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Mon. – Fri.) & 10 a.m. – 3 a.m. (Sat. – Sun.)
- Los Angeles County Warmline: (855) 952-9276 Providing emotional support and Los Angeles resources. Times: 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (Mon. – Sun.) 7 nights a week.
- Chat option available online.
- Mental Health Support Line for California:
California now has a warm line, which will be staffed by trained counselors during the hours listed below. Californians in need of mental health support or resources can call or text. (855) 845-7415. Available hours: Mondays to Fridays: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Crisis Text Line:
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME “to 741-741. Text Hotline available 24/7 staffed with counselors
- National Mental Health Services Disaster Hotline:
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- Queer Healing Oasis:
Trans/GNC LCSW who offers trans/gnc therapy private pay and sliding scale services, included donation-based groups.
- Virus Anxiety:
Resources on stress and anxiety management during the Pandemic
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health:
Index of Covid-19 resources / 24/7 Hotline: (800) 854-7771
MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS APPS
- UCLA Guided Meditations (Disponible en Español):
Free guided mindfulness and meditation excercises
- Oprah & Deepak 21:
21 Day Free Meditation App
Free Mediation App
- Insight Timer:
Large library of guided meditation excercises
- Down Dog Fitness Apps – Free for Healthcare Workers:
Short sign up form
- Headspace – Free for Healthcare Workers:
Free through the end of the year for providers who know their NPI #
RESOURCES FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS
- County of LA Office for Immigrant Affairs:
See Flyers in English & Spanish
- California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance:
Resource list for folx who live in California and are Undocumented.
- Immigrants Rising:
List of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate the crisis.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights:
Information and Hotline for Undocumented folx who think they might be sick: (888) 624-4752. In California, immigrants have a right to medical care, without regard to their immigration status.
CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES
- Natural History Museum of LA Online:
Online access to information and exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
- Visit National Parks Virtually – Google:
Online access to National Parks in the US via Google Earth
- Arts & Culture Landmarks and Museums – Google:
Online access to cultural landmarks and museums around the world.
- Social Distancing Festival:
Collaboration of Artists around the world to share the works in progress and new works inspired by current times
- Kitchen Qurantine with Massimo Bottura:
Free Italian Cooking Classes
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.
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.
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!
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
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]