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

Saturday June 17: Trans Pride Festival

12-6 pm

  • Children & Families Activity Area – Supervised activities and several featured children’s workshops for the duration of the event.
  • Live Performance & Entertainment -Fashion Show featuring Mars Wright, Armani Dae, Gloria Sanchez Designs, Briannah Jayde Collection, Lucky Jackson – Love Sex Death. Magic Show from Day Mori. Live Music from Sherlock Moosakhanian, Max Figueroa, Mahogani, Cecilia Martinez, Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Nu Diamond.
  • Dance Party – featuring live music from DJ Shane Ivan Nash.
  • 7 Educational Workshops – Advocacy 101, Queers Connect by Venus In Aquarius Events, Creación De Espacios Seguros Desde Una Perspectiva Holística (En Español), Resilience Through Art, Kinkables – Affordable Household Kink, Revolting Gender: Sex and Playing with Gender, Self Defence Workshop.
  • 10+ Market & Shopping Vendors – Arpa Akbari, Austie Cosmetics, Chris Bellaver, Flux Identity, GenderRogue Jewelry, misewdesigns, RADDICUS FINCH, Starbucks Pride Network , Pansy Esthetics , Factory Rejects (Cordi), Tarot by Rafaella, Tarot by Ruth, Yaisel Gomez – Tucking Underwear
  • Free Food from Nopal Taqueria and and Slutty Sammys
  • 19+ Community Health, Wellness, Mutual Aid and Resource Partners – ADP, Cedars Sinai , JusticeLA , Blue Shield, APAIT, Los Angeles LGBT Center Departments: Children, Youth & Family Services, Legal Services, Human Resources, Center South, Policy, Trans Wellness Center. Gender Justice LA, Gender Wellness, Genesis @ Human Rights Campaign, Founders MCC, Harm Reduction Division at Department of Human Services, Community Programs, ACLU, Trans Latina Coalition, Pacific Western Bank, TrueVoice, St. John’s Community Health, STOP team – Mental Health, Unique Woman’s Coalition (UWC), Yitty.
  • The Department of Public Health team will be providing free Mpox vaccines, as long as supplies last. Attendees that receive a vaccine will receive a $25 gift card

ASL interpretation

Free parking at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus.