TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBERS MAKING WAVES…
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER AND FACILITATOR CALISTA TERMINI HAS STARTED A PODCAST!
Please see this message from Calista…
My ex-partner, Jennifer and I have developed a YouTube series/podcast called, “The Rage.”
At its heart, “The Rage” is about a family breaking apart and coming back together after the realization that dad is a transgender woman. Follow us as we reimagine our relationships as we navigate the challenges of life, love and co-parenting.
Our goal is to make videos that de-stigmatize gender identity as well as provide an inside look into the struggle a formerly married couple faces when their traditional, hetero-normative family comes undone. We’ll share with you our path to friendship, family, and co-parenting with informative, funny, and occasionally painful content.
Our first two episodes launched on Friday, February 12th. New episodes will air each week at the same time. Check out our teaser on YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’ve also provided some handy links for you to click on below. We would love for you to help us grow our community. So please view, comment, share, and subscribe to The Rage.
Calista and Jennifer Termini
Watch on YouTube:
The Reveal: In our first episode, we share with you our story of the day that Calista told Jennifer that she was a transgender woman. https://youtu.be/iY1KFHNQhfQ
FFS: It’s the night before Calista’s Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS). She and Jennifer share the emotional impact of crossing this point of no return. https://youtu.be/2HiEnPtZDZ0
Listen to the Podcast:
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER & INSTRUCTOR MICHAEL DAVIS HAS STARTED A NON-PROFIT!!
I started Pretty Pretty Inc. and the Pretty Pretty Studio to utilize my skills from 20 years in television and film to help under privileged LGBTQIA and their allies with basic beauty services, makeovers, headshots, and non-profit outreach to provide basic cosmetic and personal care products for those in need in our community.
I have lived full time as a trans woman, and now identify as gender fluid. Throughout my journey I have had a hard time finding others or any kind of support in the Valley. I LOVE Gina and the Trans* Lounge but I tend to have severe anxiety with driving so I rarely got over the hill to the Center. My journey would have been much different if I had a place closer to go to like the Trans* Lounge or the Pretty Pretty Studio.
The expenses to get basic cosmetic services, makeovers or headshots can many times be unattainable in Los Angeles, so we will be working on a sliding scale for our services, and soon we will provide donated cosmetics, hair products and personal care products to those who desperately need them. Eventually we will have hair pieces, extensions and wigs as well. We will also be coordinating other companies soon to help with clothing and other needs!
If you’re transitioning in life or gender and need some help visit us at https://prettyprettystudio.com. Because we all deserve to be Pretty.
And if you or anyone you know can help in any way; we have a go fund me link, and a PayPal link on our website!
Thank you so much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER PARIS LEE IS MAKING A PODCAST! WITH ORIGINAL ART FROM HELEN!
If you have ever attended our Show, Share, & Tell on Wednesday, you may be aware of the epic story unfolding at the hands of our very talented members Paris & Helen!
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER CORETTA MONK (SHE/HER) HAS RELEASED AN ALBUM!
Coretta Monk is also known as Simo Love, and the album is aptly titled “Counterculturally Black” and it is available on all streaming platforms!
Coretta is a transplant from North Carolina and has been singing since she was a child in her Church choir. She majored in Theatre Performance at Appalachian State University and additionally graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California.
The album is all about her experience as a black trans woman and includes songs about the Trans is Beautiful & Black Lives Matter movements, copping with being single, interracial relationships, HIV and toxicity. “I also titled it “Counterculturally Black” so that I could define what black means myself. I’ve always felt that black culture was a counterculture to mainstream culture and as proud as I am to be a part of that counterculture, I wanted to release it so that I could grow because I am so much more than just black.
It is not always about race. Sometimes it is about despair. Sometimes it is about the things around the blackness like light. Sometimes it is about darkness. Sometimes it is about the hope that President Barack Obama ran on and a better Soul for America. I intentionally include genres that may not be necessarily mainstream to black artists because music is colorless and oh so colorful.
The album is very eclectic and spans from spoken word to hip hop, pop to R&B, Tropical House with jazz, soft rock, grunge, synth wave, electronica and even funk with afrobeat influences. Coretta, or Simo Love, is very proud of the album; as it was a 12 year process.
“I wanted to not be stuck in my emotions and depression after I was diagnosed with HIV. I was unsure if I was hell bound for being trans and I just needed an outlet. So I began to write songs reflecting my mood and my hopes and dreams. There is a certain freedom I feel as a songwriter that I do not necessarily feel in my everyday life. It is like I am able to have a clarity of thought that I do not normally possess.”
“I am so proud of the album cover. It is an homage to the trans women of color whose lives have been taken, which may trigger some darkness and sadness, but I hope to bring more awareness to them and people like us.”
Link to stream and buy “Counterculturally Black” Below!
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER VALERIA RODRIGUEZ HAS A JEWELRY SHOP!
I’m Valeria and I am the owner/creative mind at Jaguar Rose. I make jewelry suitable for transgender people like myself. If someone with thick wrists wants girly jewelry (like me!) my shop is the place. I also do custom jewelry and I can meet clients at virtually any safe spot. My shop is fiercely pro immigrant and pro trans. I would love to meet fellow transgender sisters and help them make their statement with artistic jewelry!
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER & ARTIST LEO ALAS (THEY/THEM) IS LOOKING FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR AN ART PIECE!
About the Survey:
The objective of this research is to inform new care rituals that shift discourse from self to community. In a time of social isolation, this research explores how we can fill the gap of community care while we are forced to manage grief in our own isolated spaces. Participants who connected to this survey through Translounge are eligible for a $15 incentive for participation. There is space at the end of the survey to enter this information. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive $50.00 for participating in future focus groups around the topic.
About the Artist:
LEO ALAS is a contemporary artist from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA. Through photography, painting, performance, and writing, Leo captures serenity in solitude and strength in community. Their work journeys into world building and Queer political imagination, exploring what is possible, what is potent, and what is beautiful, in an effort to find healing and joy in late-stage capitalism.
Leo studied Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2017, Leo was a featured artist on the Sociological Research Project, “Working for Dignity” where their Working Women series was showcased in the Santa Cruz, Museum of Art and History as the local exhibition paired alongside Hung Liu’s “We Who Work.” In 2016, they were awarded the Porter Fellowship Grant.
Currently, Leo is attending Otis School of Art and Design in pursuit of an MFA with a Concentration in Art + Social Practice.
For more information and previous works see: www.leo-alas.com
TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR MARTIN VITORINO (HE/HIM) LEADS THIS GROUPF FOR TRANS/GNC/ENBY FOLX
This is an opportunity for people who identify as transgender/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary to practice meditation together, build community and explore the experience of transition.
All people under the trans umbrella are welcome no matter where you exist along the gender spectrum or binary, as well as those who are questioning their gender identity.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PT
TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR RYLAND SHELTON’S TRUEVOICE VOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Ryland Shelton (he/him) has been a valued member of our Trans* Lounge family since February 2018. We present his online workshop every 6 – 8 weeks through Trans* Lounge but Ryland is also available for private sessions.
TrueVoice is a vocal development program for the TGI/ENBY+ community that utilizes musical instruction and technique to access and introduce new aspects of a person’s voice, to illuminate possibility and create room for new habits as applied to a speaking voice that aligns more closely with one’s self-identified gender.
TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR MELISSA MURDICK’S “THE PRETTY FIX”.
Melissa Murdick (she/her) is an amazing ally and a wonderful part of our Trans* Lounge family. Her “Makeup Made Easy” are a fixture of our Trans* Lounge class offerings and her “The Pretty Fix” website was developed just for the TGI/ENBY+ community. It is FULL of amazing video tutorials and helpful tips to help both beginners and seasoned makeup enthusiasts alike. See the link below to see her website and be sure to follow Melissa on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR MONIQUE OFFERS ORACLE CARD READINGS AND MUCH MORE!
By breaking down binary ideas, we honor the multidimensional and fluid nature of being human. Holding space for our own complexities, internal contradictions and intersecting identities.
Monique, an Los Angeles QTPOC, is an improvisational musician, motivational speaker and Oracle Card Reader, who roots these beliefs into each modality. Knowing that all beings are worthy of their truth being witness, held and honored. Knowing all beings are worthy of love.
If you would like to book a private 30 or 60 minute Oracle Card reading with Monique, click the link below…
And Monique’s music can be found here: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/S8mWcnADPa8bJcfB7
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?
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.
We have work to do.
Please share with your fellow healers who are dedicated to Black liberation and healing justice.
NON-BINARY ARTIST & TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER 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
TRANS* LOUNGE INSTRUCTOR DYLAN THOMAS COTTER’S NEW BOOK TRANSGENDER ANTIHERO!
From persevering through bullying, suicidal thoughts and depression, transitioning, domestic violence, being shot at, experimenting with substances, enduring employment discrimination, living on the verge of homelessness, losing 65 pounds, developing and managing PTSD, and eventually coming out on the other side to build a personal brand, become a model and activist. Dylan Thomas Cotter would like to be very clear – he never wanted to be anyone’s inspiration. He has often wished his life was easier. That’s just not his truth.
He’s made mistakes. We all have. He has put himself in and went through a ton of wild situations. He’s overcome adversity like many others. He’s also helped to build trans community programs, teach empowerment classes and LGBTQIA+ community advocacy programs.
When you read this book, you’ll understand why the words “amazing” and “inspiring” are often used to describe Dylan. You’ll see why he is constantly in motion, and building towards a future that empowers diverse voices and pushes for success and inclusion of people from all protected characteristics and walks of life.
Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HYLQHWZ
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER JODY VACLAV HAS A NEW BOOK OUT!
Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Out-Jody-Frances-Vaclav/dp/0578245183/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=jody+vaclav&qid=1614025642&s=books&sr=1-1
TRANS* LOUNGE MEMBER ELI’S NEW VENTURE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENDER EXPANSIVE COMMUNITY