Trans/Queer Open Mic
Saturday July 22 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
At APAIT: 1730 W. Olympic Blvd., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$5 cover-no one turned away for lack of funds
Join OUTspoken Sessions for an “Origins” themed open mic to benefit TransHaven L.A.
ORIGINS: Gather ’round the stage this July for an OUTspoken Sessions storytime unlike any you’ve experienced before. Listen closely as we share our creation stories: the tales of our hardships and our triumphs, the oral histories of our families, ancestors, and homelands. Storycraft with us during a mini-zine making workshop, bear witness to the tales spun by local zinester featured artists, and unveil your own origin story through spoken word, song, dance, or whichever craft you enjoy.
FUNDRAISER: We ask for a $5 cover to provide aid to our community spotlight, TransHaven L.A., but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
FOOD: Subway Sandwiches (with vegan options), homemade crackers and hummus, sumptuous summer peach cobbler and beverages will be available throughout the night
MINI-ZINE MAKING WORKSHOP: Starting promptly at 5:30pm, featured artists, Lilac Vylette Maldonado and Anthony Arenas, will be facilitating a DIY zine making activity. If you love zines, crafts, and queers, be sure to make it on time for this!
ZINE BAZAAR: Come meet your local LGBTQIA+ zinesters at this small scale zine festival. Peruse through stacks of your soon to be favorite DIY publications, and purchase a few to support our local creative QTs, like Jen Venegas (Hairy Femme Mother), Anthony Arenas, Lilac Vylette Maldonado (Access Granted), Tevy Khou (The Daisy Chain), it’s complicated collective/aian mendoza & johnson phạm (Unnoted & Unassigned), and more zinesters to come! Featured Artist Michaelvincent Garcia (This Goth Bitch) will be creating live sketch art at his booth, make sure to say hello!
DRUM & MOVEMENT CIRCLE: We invite you to make music and move as a community with us at the end with Jaden Fields & Destin Fox Cortez playing the drums.
HOSTS: Get ready for side-busting banter from your co-emcees Jaden Fields and Rajah Olivia Jones. They will lead us through the evening’s open mic slots and featured artist interviews.
OPEN MIC: five minute maximum performance slots will be open on a first come, first serve basis and are available to folks of all skill levels!
(More information on accessibility and event details below.)
Since July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions has been an open mic and safe space for LGBTQIA+ (and ally) folks. 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.
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: TransHaven L.A.
– TransHaven LA is a trans-led collective connecting trans people with housing services and survival resources in LA County. We formed as a response to the devastating effect the November 8th election will have on our community.
– We have teamed up with various trans-friendly organizations (The Wall Las Memorias, APAIT, TransLatin@ Coalition, & Inspire Spiritual Community) to provide survival resources, including a food pantry, employment training, social support, free clothing, and HIV testing.
– We have created a list of community members and allies who have volunteered to provide temporary transitional housing to homeless trans people, and we have also created a TAP Card fund, to provide TAP cards to trans people who need to travel to medical appointments and job interviews.
– Our long-term goal is to build a transitional housing shelter for trans people in Los Angeles, and to duplicate this model in other progressive cities around the nation.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Zinesters
This Goth Bitch is a zine created by artist MV Garcia and his gloomy, queer friends. It consists of anti-fashion fashion illustrations, occult jokes, international goth-rock obsessions, and other fun/ sad things. Each issue is illustrated and collaged by hand, and is then xeroxed into 20 pages of glorious black & white gloom-glam.
MV Garcia is an artist working predominantly in illustration, painting, and sewing. He received his BFA in Painting at Otis College of Art + Design (’09). He enjoys dogs, anime, spooky stuff and making his own clothes.
I am an illustrator, writer and curator from Long Beach, CA and graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA. My work includes zines, comic books, and illustrations that are influenced by personal experiences, kung fu films, cheesy action flicks. and 80’s manga and anime. When I am not making comic books, I am organizing Young Blood Pop-Up Shows around Los Angeles.
Anthony Arenas from Bienestar San Fernando Valley
My name is Anthony Arenas and I’m from the San Fernando Valley. Growing up, it was pretty common to leave the valley and go to Hollywood or Downtown for LGBTQI+ events, because I felt like there wasn’t a lot in my neighborhood. Even today, my friends tell me they feel like they don’t hear anything about the valley. I loved every now and then seeing my neighborhood on TV, like in Clueless and Parks and Recs, and I know I would have been so inspired and would have felt that sense of community meeting, or even just seeing art by, people who grew up on the same streets as me. That’s why this zine is important to me: I wanted to showcase the Latinx queer/trans community of el valle and share our culture with el resto de Los Angeles. I have seen people at events try to represent other valleys like the San Gabriel Valley as the underdog but… where are all the folks, families, artists and activists from the SFV? Everywhere, of course. We shouldn’t have to travel sometimes up to an hour to be with each other, and the rest of the city should know about our fierce history and community.
Jen is a queer Latina femme zinester. She’s most well known for her zines, Hairy Femme Mother and She’s Not a Morning Person. She lives near Los Angeles with her three cats.
Lilac Vylette Maldonado
Lilac Vylette (they/them) is a community organizer and artivist who identifies as a nonbinary, queer, disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent Chicanx femme. Lilac uses the neutral pronouns they/them. They have been actively organizing since 2009 around many intersectional social justice issues such as disability justice, racial justice, gender justice, food justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQIA issues, and body positivity. They are an avid zinester who has written and created artwork for various academic- and social justice-themed DIY booklets. Lilac hopes to begin graduate school soon to pursue a career in college counseling working with disabled students.
Drum Circle with our OUTspoken drummers, Jaden Fields and Destin Cortez
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. Please help create a welcoming space for all by not using scented products before or during OUTspoken Sessions.
For more information on this topic and resources on how to make scent-free accessible to low-income folx, people of color, femmes, and more, please read Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha‘s article.
– 15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
– Closest bus stops (1 minute walk) include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
– Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhoods
– Event is held in a large room on the 3rd Floor of the building
– Elevators are the main way to reach event
– Wheelchair accessible
– Restrooms are gender neutral
– Ample seating and standing room
– Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free (learn more about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: http://www.multiplechemicalsensitivity.org/ http://www.webmd.com/allergies/multiple-chemical-sensitivity)
– Main event space has windows that cannot be opened and a climate controlled ventilation system; air filtration unknown
– Public address system used by all guests and hosts
– We are currently limited in our ability to provide ASL interpretation at all events, please contact concerning ASL interpretation and/or other accessibility issues and we will do our best to be an inclusive space for all
Questions? Contact Rajah Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org