Los Angeles LGBT Center Presents Trans Pride L.A., June 15–16 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Presents Trans Pride L.A., June 15–16

June 7, 2018
Contact: Media Relations

The Los Angeles LGBT Center proudly announces the annual Trans Pride L.A. festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country. The festivities will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 15–16, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Los Angeles. Admission to the two-day gathering is free.

For the seventh consecutive year, Trans Pride L.A. kicks off with the Center’s ongoing community forum series Big Queer Convo. This year’s speaker is Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins, the nation’s first openly transgender African-American woman to be elected to public office. In December 2016, Jenkins announced she would run on the city council to represent Minneapolis’s Eighth Ward. In November 2017, she won the election with more than 70 percent of the vote. Big Queer Convo is free, but reservations are recommended by registering at lalgbtcenter.org/tp18bqc.

“We’re always thrilled to welcome Trans Pride L.A. back to the Center,” said Gina Bigham, the Center’s Cultural Arts Coordinator and organizer of the festival. “It’s one of our signature events each year at the Center and a wonderful opportunity to bring Southern California’s trans and gender non-conforming communities together to celebrate our strength and resilience.”

Immediately following Big Queer Convo, the evening will continue with the opening of Let Me Show You Something Beautiful, an art exhibit in The Village’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries, featuring the photography of Academy Award-nominated filmmaker/photojournalist Kimberlee Acquaro. Everyone is invited to a reception with music and refreshments in The Village’s spacious courtyard.

On Saturday, June 16, the celebration continues with a self-defense workshop; a clothing swap sponsored by TransTribe Los Angeles; and a discussion with gender nonconforming/nonbinary panelists. Approximately 40 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 Happy Hour event presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka; a catered dinner prepared for more than 500 people; a special awards presentation; and a VarieTy show starring an amazing array of performers, including Transparent’s Alexandra Billings, RuPaul’s Drag Race vet Kelly Mantle, Sharon Brown, Billie White Acre, Jordan Balgat, Heather Barron, Ezra Michel, members of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Kai Gloger, a nine-year-old trans female who will read her coming out essay.

Trans Pride L.A.’s sponsors include Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, The Fight magazine, and Happy Hippie Foundation. Community partners are the Transgender Law Center and TransTribe Los Angeles. The festival’s music sponsor is Shadout. Exclusive vodka sponsor is Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Trans Pride L.A.
Funded in part through the generosity of 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 Andrea Jenkins.

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.

Friday, June 15
7-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 16
Noon-9:30 p.m.

Admission to all events is FREE.

To RSVP for Big Queer Convo, visit lalgbtcenter.org/tp18bqc.

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 nearly 800 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 thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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