Los Angeles LGBT Center Presents 19th Annual Trans Pride L.A., June 16-17, With Special Guest Trans Activist and Fitness Model Aydian Dowling - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Presents 19th Annual Trans Pride L.A., June 16-17, With Special Guest Trans Activist and Fitness Model Aydian Dowling

May 17, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7604

The Los Angeles LGBT Center proudly announces the 19th annual Trans Pride L.A. festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country. Funded in part through the generosity of the Amazon Original Series Transparent and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the festivities will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Los Angeles. Admission to the two-day gathering is free.

For the sixth consecutive year, Trans Pride L.A. kicks off with the Center's ongoing community forum series Big Queer Convo. This year’s speaker is Aydian Dowling, a trans activist, motivational speaker, and fitness enthusiast who gained national acclaim in 2015 for being the first trans person to be on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. The entrepreneurial Dowling is also president and founder of Point5cc.com, a retail website geared for the transgender community. Big Queer Convo is free, but reservations are recommended by registering at lalgbtcenter.org/tp17bqc.

Immediately following Big Queer Convo, an art opening and reception for the We Can Be Heroes exhibit will be held at the Center’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries. The exhibit features a mural project celebrating pioneers of trans history created by up-and-coming trans artists from the Center’s youth programs, including its LifeWorks youth development program, and by artist Julia Kaye, creator of the comic Up and Out.

On Saturday, June 17, the celebration continues with a name and gender change clinic sponsored by the Transgender Law Center; interactive workshops, including a self-care workshop led by our Big Queer Convo speaker Dowling; a special activism through social networking workshop led by LGBT rights activist, film producer, director, and blogger Andrea James; Supernova Self-Defense Workshop; a clothing swap; and a photo shoot by Jen Rosenstein for her book Transformational Project. More than 30 organizations will participate in a resource fair to offer information on a wide array of services and programs vital to the trans community.

Saturday evening activities include a catered dinner prepared for more than 500 people; a special awards presentation; and a VarieTy show starring an amazing array of trans performers, such as Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, comedian Ian Harvie, and more.

Trans Pride L.A.’s sponsors include the Amazon Original Series Transparent and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

WHAT:
19th Annual Trans Pride L.A.

Funded in part through the generosity of Amazon Original Series Transparent and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Los Angeles LGBT Center proudly presents one of the country’s oldest and largest celebrations of the trans community, with guest speaker Aydian Dowling.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(One block east of Highland Ave.; just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)

NOTE: During construction of the Center’s new facility directly across the street from The Village, free parking is limited. Limited parking is available at our Highland Annex located at 1220 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 (one block north of The Village). Please allow extra time to find parking or choose public transportation or a ride service.

WHEN:
Friday, June 16
7 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 17
Noon – 9:30 p.m.

TICKETS:
Admission to all events is FREE.

To RSVP for Big Queer Convo, visit lalgbtcenter.org/tp17bqc.

For more information and updates about Trans Pride L.A., visit lalgbtcenter.org/transpride.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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