March 26 OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic
♥ new day + location ♥
Saturday • March 26 • 6p-9p

APAIT • 1730 W Olympic Blvd • 3rd Floor • LA 90065

In the spirit of our Guiding Principles, we make an effort to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities. Attendees are reminded that others may be sensitive to various chemical-based scented products. Please help create a welcoming space for all by not using scented products before or during OUTspoken Sessions.
***Please see our accessibility information below***


Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

2nd Annual Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Community Fundraiser
$5 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided

Black Lives Matter LA Local Demands

  1. Fire Chief Beck for his refusal to hold LAPD officers accountable.
  2. Work in partnership with the Los Angeles City Council to develop a reparations strategy.
  3. Hold Police Commission meetings that are open, accessible, and at a time when working people can attend.
  4. Appoint real community advocates to key commission seats.
  5. Adhere to the agreed Town Hall meeting structure with Black community negotiated in July 2015.

Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement. www.blacklivesmatter.com


FEATURED ARTIST: Evolve Trinity

Evolve Trinity is a writer, visual artist and social justice educator Evolve Trinityfrom Los Angeles, CA.  Evolve has had the opportunity to perform at universities around the United States including Antioch University of Los Angeles, The University of California, Los Angeles, The University of California, Riverside, California State University, Los Angeles, The University of Southern California, Connecticut University, Dillard University and Tuskegee University. Evolve has also shared their work at LGBT Pride events, LGBT centers and for various fundraisers.

Evolve is a studying creative writing at Antioch University of Los Angeles where they are researching the use of protest poetry in social justice movement in the United States.  Evolve Trinity’s poetry has been called humorous, femme loving, and takes the reader/listener on a journey of exploration.  Evolve is an assistant poetry editor, assistant art editor and copy editor for Lunch Ticket and online journal that publishes literary and visual art with conversations about social justice and community activism. Evolve Trinity’s work has been published in Trans Bodies, Trans selves and The Dillard Review. Evolve has collaborated with Liberty on a “How to be Trans Ally” spoken word visual that can be seen on YouTube and also a spoken word short film “BOI” directed by Lex Kennedy.  Evolve hopes their art reaches those in need of love and provides awareness for those seeking a better understanding of difference.


FEATURED ARTIST: Rajah Jones

My name is Rajah Jones and I am a 36 year old Trans Woman of rajahColor. I am a community activist as part of the core collective of TFFED(Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders), chair of the trans ministry group at church, and a facilitator for transformLA with GJLA. I am also a writer which includes plays, poetry, and rap. I’ve been writing since I was 12 years old. It has been my passion and it’s something I’m going to put together as an album in the near future.


OPEN DRUM CIRCLE: Jaden Fields + Destin Cortez

Jaden is a Black boi, a poet, an activist, a writer, a collector of jadenstories. He studied Psychology at USC to try and understand his trauma, and ended up with more questions. He believes in beauty of vulnerability and the strength in the stories our bodies hold. You can usually find him with his notebook in his hand and a shy smile gracing his lips.

Destin Cortez, a brown transman, is a community advocate and musician. For DestinDestin, music is spiritual and communal; his way to work through his own emotions while connecting with his community. A trained percussionist, Destin studied at the Musician’s Institute and now lends his talents to his work as a Health Educator II at APAIT.  When he’s not working, Destin spend his time between his hometown in the Inland Empire and LA, practicing tai chi and checking out local breweries. He’s also an avid astrology enthusiast who wouldn’t mind reading your birth chart, if you ask nicely.


ABOUT OUTSPOKEN SESSIONS

Founded in July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions is an open mic and safe space for LGBTQ (and ally) folks. Originally an open mic for youth 19 and under, Equal Action saw a need for a safe multi-generational space – the space is still affirming of and respectful of youth and avoids tokenism.

Equal Action will be your hosts. We welcome all skill levels. There is no competition here. First timers welcome, you will be celebrated and always receive loving energy from your audience.

Accessibility Information

  • The venue is accessible by public transit
    • 15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
    • Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
  • Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhoods
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator available
  • Restrooms are gender neutral
  • Ample seating and standing room
  • Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
  • Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
  • Public address system used by all guests and hosts
  • Please contact concerning ASL interpretation and/or other accessibility issues

Questions? Contact Dahlia at dferlito@equalaction.org

OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic ft. Monique + Halle Johnson: La Loba Loca Fundraiser

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Focusing on Healing Justice with Monique + Halle Johnson
Benefit for La Loba Loca

Friday  •  December 4, 2015 •  6:30pm to 9pm 
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
at Downtown UCLA Labor Center, near MacArthur Park
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided

***Please see our accessibility information below***


RAISING FUNDS FOR: La Loba Loca

La Loba Loca

La Loba Loca, is a Queer, Machona, Brown South American Migrant, community organizer, artist, researcher, writer, body-powered tattooist, full spectrum companion, midwife student, eco-feminista and life-long student. She has been part of several projects aiming to document and provide information on autonomous and community based health and healing. She has facilitated knowledge shares and learned from several abuelitas, tias, plants, communities, lands and institutions in different regions of Abya Yala. La Loba Loca is invested on disseminating information with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of traditional knowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities. La Loba Loca’s core philosophy is based on (re)claiming and (re)membering Abuelita Knowledge and learning how to use our roots as a tool for liberation and transformation.

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FEATURED ARTIST: Monique

Oct 2 OUTspoken Sessions: Fundraiser for Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund

October 2nd’s OUTspoken Sessions will focus on allyship, with proceeds going to the legal defense fund of Jermond, a beloved queer gender nonconforming Black organizer, artist, and spiritual guide who is fighting several life sentences due to a homophobic attack last year. After the open mic set, performance poet Jade Phoenix and musician Rey Fukuda Salinas will grace the stage.

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  October 2, 2015
6:30pm to 9pm 

675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
at Downtown UCLA Labor Center, near MacArthur Park
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund

Jermond, with featured artist, Rey Fukuda Salinas
Jermond (right), with featured artist, Rey Fukuda Salinas

Jermond is a beloved queer gender nonconforming Black organizer, artist, and spiritual guide to many of us, past present future. Jermond is fighting several life sentences due to a homophobic attack last year and is currently locked inside LA’s K6G Unit in Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail. In the powerful tradition of collectivizing our funds and resources to make more possible what we are told over and over again are unlikely chances for life and connection, please contribute anything small, large or in between to Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund. If you can’t, please share this note with networks, friends or family with resources that might be able to give this season. Continue reading Oct 2 OUTspoken Sessions: Fundraiser for Jermond’s Legal Defense Fund

Aug 7 OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Body Positivity + Nalgona Positivity Pride Fundraiser

We are excited to explore the theme of Body Positivity at our next OUTspoken Sessions!bikini body

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  August 7, 2015
6:30pm to 9pm 

at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Nalgona Positivity Pride

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OUTspoken Sessions Open Mic + 3rd Annual Zine Workshop, May 8th

Join us for our 3rd Annual Zine-Making Workshop led by Pitzer College students from the Asian American and Queer Zines Class. Contribute a page to the OUTspoken Sessions 2015 Zine!

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  May 8, 2015
NEW START TIME:  7pm to 9pm 

at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders

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OUTspoken Sessions LGBTQA+ Open Mic: Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

Join us for Equal Action’s first OUTspoken Sessions of 2015, a special fundraiser for Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

OUTspoken Sessions: An LGBTQA+ Open Mic and Safe Space
Friday  •  March 6, 2015  •  6:30p to 9p
at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
$3 cover – please give generously to support our fundraiser
no one turned away for lack of funds
food and drinks provided


RAISING FUNDS FOR: Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Black Lives Matter

We are honored to announce that all proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (BLM-LA) and will be donated to www.gofundme.com/blacklivesmatterla.
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OUTspoken Sessions on Friday, November 7th – Last Show of 2014

Hello! We are officially announcing the last show of the year! We are featuring some amazing artists and causes this time to support LGBTQ youth and allies through creative expression!

DATE: Friday, NOVEMBER 7th

TIME: 6:30-9:00pm

LOCATION: UCLA Labor Center

ADDRESS:675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Just $3 at the door. Food and Drinks Are Provided!

Come check us out on November 7th for a fantastic show!!!


Based on what’s been happening in the news lately, Equal Action wanted to respond in a positive way. All proceeds from this event will go to Doctors Without Bordersa legit, charitable medical organization that has been working to control the Ebola virus internationally. Let’s support our global community and help Doctors Without Borders respond to the Ebola outbreak overseas.


FEATURED COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: The Brave Trails

The Brave Trails mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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FEATURED ARTISTS:

ARTIST #1: XORGEH

My name is Xorgeh. I am a lyrical artist from the Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles area. The pieces that I create and compose are a cross pollination of history, narratives, oral traditions, journalism, fiction, emotion, structures of language, and experiences. They are meant to be pieces that are alive, engaging, and critical that directly challenge today’s safe, euphemistic, sterile, and neutral language that maintains the myopic views of dominant society by manufacturing the limits of what people explore, talk about, think, and create.

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ARTIST #2: THE LIFEWORKS MENTORING PEN PUSHERS

The LifeWorks Mentoring Pen Pushers are a Gender and Social Justice Poetry writing workshop. Participants will explore basic skills of journaling, keeping a log of their own personal life stories in order to build a collection of individual and group poems. In learning the power of editing and rewriting, the workshop teaches how to turn these powerful words into performance pieces, and how to dismantle negative narratives and creating positive narratives through poetry and empowerment.


To sign up for the open mic, contact Dahlia at dferlito@equalaction.org or arrive by 6:45pm.

OUTspoken Sessions is an open mic and safe space for queer and trans* youth and their allies. Loving folks of all identities are welcomed.

Equal Action Officially Launches the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective

Starting an Anti-Oppressive Collective Business in LA

Equal Action is launching a new project called the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective, a small business in which we produce worms, worm castings, and worm tea that people and organizations can use as natural fertilizers to grow their own food and plants. In this business, all the workers are business partners who own the business equally (rather than being owned by people with money who do not do the actual work) and work within a clearly-defined nonhierarchical, collective structure (rather than some of us being bosses and some of us being employees).

We want to offer better job opportunities for those who may experience limited options and oppression in the workplace, including queer and trans* folks, youth and young adults, people of color, and those from low-income and working class communities. Together, we are developing a business in which workers:

  • engage in meaningful work that harnesses community strengths to improve community health and quality of life
  • make decisions about how our work is done and how our organization is run
  • contribute to an anti-oppressive work environment that allows us to be our best selves
  • receive training and gain the skills required to actively participate in an anti-oppressive, cooperatively-owned, collectively-run vermicomposting business

Ultimately, we want to contribute to the growth of the alternative economies movement in Southern California by trying out our own business and then supporting each other and others in realizing a variety of community-minded business ideas. Some ideas we have thrown around include a coffeeshop, a power tool library, a kitchen tool library, a childcare collective, and safe space dance parties. Throughout history, there are so many ways that our queer and trans*, people of color, and low-income communities have worked together, shared resources, and cared for each other. We want to continue these legacies.

Building a New Worm Farm

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Don Martinez guides the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective on how they might set up their new worm farm in Frogtown

We first experimented with the most common method of worm farming – throwing vegetable and paper scraps into a worm bin – to discover that this system yielded an insufficient amount of worms, worm castings, and worm tea for a small business. We are now constructing a sophisticated new farm with the generous mentorship of Don Martinez, a worm farmer with a successful commercial/community operation in Pasadena. Our new worm farm setup will better mimic worms’ natural environment so that the worms will consume organic matter, produce excrement, and reproduce with each other at higher rates.

Want to support us as we set up our new worm farm? We are currently seeking the following equipment:

  • compost tumbler
  • compost bins
  • tarp
  • wheel barrow

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation of any of these items to Equal Action, please contact Stephanie at svan@equalaction.org. We are also open to purchasing equipment at low-cost or trading.

While the website for the Los Angeles Worm Farm Collective is under construction, you can check out our (very recent) past life at lawormfarmcoop.wordpress.com. Subscribe to this site to stay tuned, and we’ll migrate you over when we launch the new website.

Thanks for your support as we embark on this exciting journey into youth-oriented, qtpoc (queer trans* people of color) collective business in LA!

OUTspoken Sessions Celebrates Its 5-Year Anniversary on Friday, June 6

July 2009: The first OUTspoken Sessions, hosted by Nicholas Dorsey and Bay Nguyen

In 2009, Equal Action decided to create a consistent space for queer and ally youth to express themselves, develop their political identities, and build a creative activist community. That summer, we launched OUTspoken Sessions, a monthly open mic and safe space for LGBTQ and ally youth 19 and under.

Since then, OUTspoken Sessions has provided a platform for hundreds of trans*, queer, and ally youth and adult artists and spotlighted the work of dozens of community groups. We have also evolved in many ways, most recently becoming a bimonthly open mic that welcomes all ages while remaining youth-centered.

October 2012: Erin Davis presents the live art she painted during that night’s OUTspoken Sessions

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 5-year anniversary!

OUTspoken Sessions: 5-Year Anniversary

Friday, June 6, 2014
6:30p-9:00p
UCLA Labor Center
675 S Park View St, LA 90057

Featured Artists:
For the very first time, all the OUTspoken Sessions organizers will be sharing pieces – Claudia Chen, Sergio Aguilar, Kimler Gutierrez, Stephanie Chen, Antoinette Reyes, Stephanie Van, and our wonderful MC, Dahlia Ferlito!

Community Spotlight:
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Our generous home, the UCLA Labor Center

 As always, arrive by 6:30pm to sign up for the open mic.

August 2013: Claudia Chen cuts Kimler Gutierrez' hair, which he had been growing in the name of marriage equality in CA since 2008.
August 2013: Claudia Chen cuts Kimler Gutierrez’ hair, which he had been growing in the name of marriage equality in California since 2008.

Entrance + food = $3
No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds

Public Transportation: Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Rail Station and bus lines 18, 603, 487/489, 26/51/52/352, 200, 720, 29

Questions? Contact Dahlia at dferlito@equalaction.org.

OUTspoken Sessions is a queer youth-oriented open mic and safe space. All ages and loving identities are welcomed to attend.

OUTspoken Sessions: Friday, April 4 (feat. Yumi Sakugawa and the Zine Workshop)

Are you interested in learning about zines and DIY (do-it-yourself) culture? Want to be able to express your views, educate, and be educated?

Come to our experimental *OUTspoken Sessions Open Mic + Zine Workshop on Friday, April 4th, from 6:30-9pm, at the UCLA Labor Center (675 S Park View St, LA 90057).

After our regular open mic and featured artist performances, students from Pitzer College’s Asian American and Queer Zines Class will lead a FREE workshop about personal and political zines, DIY culture, and how to make a zine.

Featured Artist

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Yumi Sakugawa is a Southern Californian comic book artist and the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU.  Her work often deals with themes of transcendence, meditation, outer space exploration, reincarnation, memory and personal identity. A regular contributor to the Rumpus and a graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is currently working on an anthology of short comic stories. She also loves good coffee and the pursuit of the perfect Los Angeles taco.

Due to our love of creative forms of collective care and healing justice, Equal Action is particularly captivated by Yumi’s Illustrated Meditation Guides.

As always, arrive by 6:30pm to sign up for the open mic.

Questions? Contact Dahlia at dferlito@equalaction.org.

Entrance + food = $3
No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds!

*OUTspoken Sessions is a queer youth-oriented open mic and safe space. All ages and loving identities are welcomed to attend.