Friday June 16: Trans Town Hall
5-10 pm (doors open at 4 pm)
The Renberg Theatre – The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. Overflow area available.
This year, Trans Pride LA has taken on a very specific urgency. With over 400 pieces of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in our country, we are seeing a dramatic escalation of transphobic rhetoric—some of it calling for drastic measures, including the removal of children from their parents’ care, and the criminalization of transgender health care. Featuring appearances by Montana state Rep. Zooey Zephyr, Raquel Willis, Laith Ashley, and many more!
On the heels of the Center’s epic Easter Sunday Drag March demonstration, we are hosting the inaugural Trans Town Hall on the afternoon of June 16:
- Mixer and Welcome Reception – Enjoy refreshments before a slate of powerhouse panelists.
- Panel Conversations – Three hours of programming, where we engage national and local activists, the Center’s health providers and frontline staff, and nationally renowned transgender figures in conversations that tackle this crisis head-on.
- Dynamic Performances – Drag all-stars, choral ensembles and voguing legends to grace the stage!
ASL and Spanish interpretation
8 pm Opening of Art Exhibit A Place to Stay
Pippa Garner, Patty Gone, Page Person, Pau S. Pescador, Reynaldo Rivera, Miller Robinson Sammie Veeler, Zoe Walsh, Ryat Yezbick
June 16-July 16, 2023
Live performances by Page Person and Ryat Yezbeock
Live DJ: DJ Jayne
Advocate and Gochi Galleries
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038
As part of Trans Pride 2023, A Place to Stay is a group exhibition of nine Los Angeles artists whose selected works focus on themes of respite and themes of shelter. In the past year, a record number of laws have been introduced throughout the United States discriminating against transgender individuals. Laws as such, though disturbing, are not unprecedented, and speak to the challenges that LGBTQIA+ people have faced. The artworks in this exhibition echo the strength individuals in our community have by developing havens for themselves in times of adversity, whether this be through community or more internal havens, such as intimacies with others or reflections with themselves and their own bodies.
The title of the exhibition was inspired by a quote by trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, who, with Sylvia Rivera, co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), an organization dedicated to sheltering young transgender individuals who were shunned by their families. “I’ll always be known [for] reaching out to young people who have no one to help them out, so I help them out with a place to stay or some food to eat or some change for their pocket. And they never forget it.”
A Place to Stay includes a catalog of short texts and poems from trans writers throughout the country reflecting upon these themes. Writers include: Hannah Baer, Mattlida Bernstein Sycamore, Angel Dominguez, Kay Gabriel, Cecilia Gentili, Raquel Gutiérrez, Coyote Park, and Emji Saint Spero.
Exhibition is organized by Pau S. Pescador