QUESTIONS? Check out this page for some FAQs!
You can always reach us at: [email protected]
What is Trans* Lounge?
Trans* Lounge was founded in June of 2015 and is a program within the Cultural Arts & Education Department at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Trans* Lounge is a first of it’s kind Education & Empowerment program that offers FREE groups, classes & events for the the TGI/ENBY+ (Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex, and Non-Binary) and all members of the gender expansive community. It’s FREE to join, and all our offerings are ALWAYS FREE – registration only takes only a few minutes! You can see the wide variety of programming we offer in our Program Library.
We strive to keep our community connected, and inspired. Trans* Lounge is more than just programming, what makes Trans* Lounge special are the folx who make up our community (over 2,700 members, and growing!). It’s through the presence and contributions of our community members that Trans* Lounge becomes a space for Chosen Family.
Who can be a Trans* Lounge member?
Membership & participation in Trans* Lounge groups and classes is specifically for TGI/ENBY+ and all members of the gender expansive communities.
While we celebrate and appreciate Allies, please understand that for the comfort and safety of our members, Trans* Lounge is not a space for Allies. Allies can find support for themselves at partner organizations: PFLAG-LA, Transforming Family.
We also encourage our Allies interested in giving back to support through Volunteering with the Center: Volunteer – Los Angeles LGBT Center (lalgbtcenter.org)
Who runs the Trans* Lounge?
Trans* Lounge is run for community, by community! Members of the Trans & Non-Binary community Gina Bigham (she/her) and Ash Nichols (they/them) are at your service and here to make your Trans* Lounge experience a rich and impactful one. We are always available for questions or comments and can be reached at [email protected].
How does membership work?
Once you are registered, you will have access to our entire website. (Non-registered individuals do not have access to our Upcoming Classes & Events and Binder Exchange pages).
We communicate with our members mainly via email. Once registered, you automatically begin to receive e-mails from us about all our upcoming programming. These e-mails will have all the information you need to access programming including class descriptions and Zoom links. You will always be able to access Upcoming Classes & Events information on our website.
Many of our offerings are drop-in, and can be joined as you are inspired and available to do so. Some classes and presentations require registration and space may be limited. All Trans* Lounge classes, groups and events are always FREE and offer closed captioning.
In light of current public health and social distancing measures, Trans* Lounge is offering all of our programming virtually over Zoom. When it is safe to return to in-person gatherings, Trans* Lounge will also have in-person programming available at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza (1125 N McCadden Pl, LA, 90038).
Are you accepting new Instructors, Classes and other proposals?
We are always seeking new classes and offerings for our membership! If you have a skill, class or something you’d like to offer to our membership, please reach out and let us know! We love new ideas, and ways to improve our current programming. If you have an idea, please reach out!
You do not have to be TGI/ENBY+ or gender expansive to be an Instructor – but if you are, we would especially love to hear from you!
What can I expect when I attend a Trans* Lounge group, class or event?
What you can expect to find at any Trans* Lounge offering is a safe, welcoming space for growth and exploration as you navigate your gender journey. Trans* Lounge follows a strict series of guidelines in order to make each member feel comfortable and secure, which will hopefully put you at ease and enhance your experience. Trans* Lounge currently offers 20-25 groups, classes and events each month! Groups/classes are held on weeknights at 7:30 PM and weekends at 12 PM (times may vary) and are usually 90 minutes to two hours in length.
While participating virtually, you can choose to have your camera on or off, and participate in the written chat or out loud – we would be honored to have your presence in whatever capacity you have in that moment – we will invite you to introduce yourself at the beginning, but it is up to you how much you want to participate or simply listen and be present. Group sizes vary depending on the group and the day, some of our larger groups can be as large as 40, and some groups and classes with limited space can be much smaller, depending on who shows up that day.
Do you have access to resources, like medical, housing, food?
Trans* Lounge is not a medical, housing, or food resource; our offerings are for support, connection, and empowerment. We understand these resources can be especially tricky to locate but please note the Los Angeles LGBT Center is the largest LGBTQI+ organization in the world and has outlets for community members in need.
If you are experiencing food insecurity, our Pride Pantry offers folks up to two boxes of perishable and non-perishable items FREE! (Based on availability which will change week to week based on donations. We cannot accommodate specific dietary needs at this time). To learn more about the Pride Pantry, click HERE!
For those seeking TGI/ENBY+ health care, you can contact the Center’s Trans Health Program at 323-993-7500 or click HERE.
Our Community Bulletin Board (visible to everyone, even non-members) is a maintained collection of other events and resources. If you are seeking a little guidance on finding resources, we may be able to assist in directing you towards other Center programs or Community Partners. You can reach out to us with questions at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to get you connected with the resources you are seeking.
What is your Binder Exchange Program?
Our Binder Exchange is open to all members of the Trans* Lounge. Any member in need of a new gc2b binder simply needs to fill out the short application on our Binder Exchange page here: https://translounge.org/binder-exchange/. During stay at home orders, Trans* Lounge is unable to have folx pick up binders in person. If we have your size and style in stock (and we have your permission), we will send your binder via US Postal Service. If we do not have your size and style in stock, we can send you a $40 gc2b gift card and you can order your preferred size and style directly from gc2b. While each member is limited to one new binder, once we are able to see members in our offices again, folx who have already received a binder can come by and access our gently used binders. If we have something that is a fit for you, it is yours!
Trans* Lounge does accept donations of gently used chest binders, and a part of our Binder Exchange Program! If you have some gently-used binders you’d like to donate, please reach out to us to coordinate!
Do you accept donations?
Trans* Lounge is not able to accept financial donations directly. Donations can be made to the Los Angeles LGBT Center HERE.
Do you accept clothing donations?
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept clothing donations at this time.
The Trans Wellness Center does accept limited clothing donations, based on capacity, and for items that are clean and in good condition. TWC is in need of the following items: *NEW ITEMS* Underwear (men’s & women’s), Socks / *NEW & GENTLY USED* Chest binders, Jackets, Jeans, Belts, Ties.
If you’d like to make a clothing donation to TWC, you can all them at: (323) 993-2900.