These are just a few of the peer-led support groups that the SGV LGBTQ Center has to offer! Check out their website to see the complete list of offerings: https://www.sgvlgbtq.org/peer-support
Non-Binary Support Group
7:00 – 9:00pm / Monthly on the fourth Tuesday
The Non-Binary Peer Support Group strives to create a safe and brave space for all non-binary, gender non-conforming, and transgender folx. This group is designed for us to come together and support each other by sharing our experiences, emotions, and challenges. When you’re here with us, you can always be yourself! Meetings occur digitally on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Non-Binary Peer Support Group is hosted by Gia James (they/them/theirs) and Kat (she/they).
Connecting with Pride (Youth Group)
5:00pm – 7:00pm / Weekly on Wednesday
4141 Maine Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706, USA
Connecting With Pride is a group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 11-18. (Younger folks are welcome!)
In Baldwin Park on Wednesdays at 5pm, Kaiser Permanente Educational Outreach and the SGV LGBTQ Center have teamed up to provide youth members homework help, community, snacks and showcasing artwork. Bring your supplies (or use some of ours) and join us on this venture into Baldwin Park.
Attending Connecting With Pride for the first time can be a really scary thing. After all, this might be your very first ‘gay’ event. You will meet people different from yourself, people who look like all the colors in our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rainbow. You will also meet people just like you. Everyone is willing to let you be yourself. Everyone will accept you as who you are. Connecting With Pride is a safe place to be who you are whether it means you’re questioning or you identify as LGBTQ+. So, come to a Connecting with Pride. You don’t have to be alone.
TGI* Peer Support Group (Formerly Transgender PSG)
7:00 – 9:00pm / Monthly on the first Monday and third Thursday
A peer support group for the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center’s TGI* community to form connections in the era of social distancing. An online model has allowed this group to become more accessible, in many ways. All gender diverse folks are welcome!
Hosted the First Monday and Third Thursday of every month. Peer support group is co-facilitated by Camila Camaleón, a longtime community member of the San Gabriel Valley.
QTPOCC (Queer and Trans People of Color Collective)
7:00pm – 9:00pm / Monthly on the second Tuesday
The QTPOCC is for queer and/or trans people of color to discuss the intersections of race and our LGBTQ+ identities. By acknowledging the world we live in through an open dialogue we welcome growth for our community and ourselves. Meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm. QTPOCC is hosted by Camila (she/her/ella).
7:00pm – 9:00pm / Monthly on the second Wednesday
Disability Justice is a safe space for discussing the intersection between being LGBTQIA+ and having a disability or learning difference and how we can grow and learn together. Meetings occur digitally from 7 pm-9 pm on the second Wednesday of the month beginning in April 2021.
For more information, contact Renee at [email protected].
7:00 – 9:00pm / Monthly on the first Thursday
Join us for Chatty Crafties on Thursdays 7pm-9pm. We’ll be crafting and chatting on Zoom! Bring some popsicle sticks, paint or markers, glue of any kind, and white paper or construction paper if you want to participate in the craft tutorial led by Facilitator Sara. The meeting ID will be sent earlier that day to all those that wish to receive it via email and posted on our Instagram and FaceBook story.
Please email Sara at [email protected] to be added to the list!
Link with more info:
Transitional Housing Beds Available
Alliance for Housing and Healing currently has openings in our HOPWA funded transitional housing program for single unaccompanied women, including transgender women. This is a 12-month transitional living program in which clients, in accordance with HOPWA regulations, will be required to pay 30% of their income towards their rent.
W.E.C.A.N. Transitional House is located in the City of Long Beach with double occupancy rooms and shared common areas. W.E.C.A.N. House provides three meals per day and laundry facilities on site.
- Must meet HOPWA eligibility criteria: HIV diagnosis
- Income that does not exceed 80% of HUD’s Area Median Income (AMI)
- Must be able to perform chores and meet curfew.
- Clients referred for these transitional housing beds will be required to work with an Alliance for Housing and Healing Housing Specialist in SPA 8 and be actively working on a housing plan.
Referrals must include the following supporting documentation:
– Diagnosis Form
– TB Test
– Identification Card (ID)
– Verification of Income from the last 90 days
– Consent to Release Information signed by client.
– Release of Case Management if they are currently working with a HOPWA provider.
Referrals are accepted on a first-come-first served basis. To make a referral or for more information, please contact or Ada Aleman at (562)294-5500 x.200.
Helping Faith Housing project is a housing and support services program designed for BIPOC youth LGBTQIA+ identifying humans. They can connect you to partners that are trans-friendly and welcoming. They desire to S.A.S.H. You: See You, Appreciate You, Support You, and Hear You!
Paid Study Opportunity for Trans Women, ages 18-49
Trans Women Connected is a study designed for trans women. Participants can be be paid up to $190, if they are eligible. Self-identified trans women, ages 18049, who are sexually active.
Join other trans women who are testing the app, taking a few surveys and getting paid! Referral code: rrla403.
HealthLink, also known as the Asylum Seeker Health Services Project, is underway and asylum seekers can now seek services in Los Angeles County. HealthLink is a collaborative project between the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Health Services.
HealthLink can help Asylum Seekers get connected to a primary care provider and a healthcare home at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
Interested Asylum Seekers should call or text 213-298-9238.
Empowered Identity Voice Studio provides a collaborative, judgement-free space where anyone can build confidence and connect with themselves through singing. Created by Andi Dana (they/them), it exists mainly to serve gender non-conforming people who may feel that their speaking and/or singing voice is a source of dysphoria or insecurity. However, the studio is available to all who want to gain an understanding of their voice and use the practice of singing as personal growth.
If you’d like to know more about empowering your identity through singing, contact Andi for a free consultation and to learn more about voice sessions!
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 Non-Binary Union of LA (NBULA)
Hosts weekly Community Calls for non-binary, intersex, gender non-conforming and questioning folks to connect socially and build community. Discussion topics are shared in advance each week on the NBULA Instagram and Facebook @the_nbula, so you can ponder in advance if that’s your style! New friends join each week – you’ll never be the only newbie and there is no location requirement to join! When: Weekly on Wednesdays Time: 5:30pm PST Where: Zoom Meeting, sign up at the link below. Link: thenbula.com
Trans Defense Fund LA is a mutual aid group that was created in response to the disproportionate violence that trans women face.
Trans Defense Fund LA provides trans individuals living in Los Angeles with safety kits consisting of stun guns, pepper gel, tactical flashlights, window breakers, and an informational pamphlet on how to use each item.
Through donations, we have been able to supply 530 individuals with safety kits!
We have hosted both in-person and virtual intro to self-defense classes and will continue to provide as many self-defense resources as we can this year.
Simple Eligibility Requirements
- 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
*PLEASE NOTE: This is an external resource, and we do not know if they are inclusive of identities beyond Trans Men. Website’s materials say Trans Men, specifically)
As non-binary and intersex identities are becoming more visible and understood by the public, there remains very little data and research around mental health and related issues/challenges regarding non-binary and intersex people. The objective of the Non-Binary & Intersex Mental Health Survey is to promote mental health services, reduce stigma and barriers to mental health services for the non-binary and intersex communities, and increase the capacity of the public mental health system in Los Angeles County.
Participants do not need to be a current LA County resident, just have either lived in LA County or utilized any LA County services. If they choose, they will be entered to win one of $100 gift cards in our drawing after the survey closes in late July.
The Non-Binary and Intersex Mental Health Survey is a project of LA County’s Department of Mental Health, and has Non-Binary & Intersex folx involved in the administration of the survey.
To register for the focus group, or learn more, please visit: www.tinyurl.com/nbilasurvey
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!
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
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.
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]