Trans/Queer Open Mic
Saturday ♥ January 21 ♥ 5:30-9pm
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 a Radical Self Care & Community Care themed open mic to benefit the Standing Rock Water Protectors Oceti Sakowin Camp.
Free food (with vegan options!) and beverages will be available as we begin the night with a Self-Care Toolkit crafting workshop at 5:30 PM.
Learn more about our featured artists, accessibility info, and the space below. Open mic slots will be on a first come, first serve basis and are available to folks of all skill levels!
COMMUNITY BENEFIT: STANDING ROCK (#NoDAPL) OCETI SAKOWIN CAMPA first of its kind historic gathering of Indigenous Nations. The most recent such assembly of tribes occurred when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little Big Horn.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supports the peaceful and prayerful message of the Oceti Sakowin leaders. The on-reservation camp allowed the tribe to explore longer term ways to meet the needs of the community that is 100% off-the-grid and features Solar & Wind power generation.
The fight is NOT over yet! We need to continue to support as we prepare for the season of change because the need is still there. We need to be in solidarity and Stand with Standing Rock!
Donate to the Oceti Sakowin Camp online at www.ocetisakowincamp.org
TWO SPIRIT NATION camp @ STANDING ROCK
Donate online at www.paypal.me/TwoSpiritNation
Send donations and gift cards to:
Two Spirit Nation
C/O Candi Brings Plenty
PO BOX 724
Mandan, ND 58554
Cosmetic Art with Johnny Pimentel
Johnny P is a Non-binary chicanx femme born and raised in Boyle Heights. They are a self taught makeup artist who’s main inspirations are from YouTube, underground drag communities and the cosmetic art scene created on Instagram. They are also a poet, and perform locally poems of heartbreak, love and vulnerability as a form of activism.
Dance with Jose Richard Aviles
Jose Richard Aviles is currently a first year student at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. As a social work student his focus is around dance therapy and working with LGBT queer youth communities. This summer he will take part in a research project that will be looking at the development of body-esteem behind dance therapy. In the fall semester of his second year he will bring back this research to the school of social work and create an intervention to apply to the Transgender community. His work is centered around decolonizing desire, the body, and the mind. He has performed at University of Southern California, St olaf College, University of Redlands, REDCAT Studio, Highways Performance space, and Planet Queer.
Intro to the 5 Chinese Elements: Breathing & Healing Sounds with Dorian Lam & Destin Cortez
Dorian Lam is a descendant of Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors in her family, and began her healing ways in her home in Hong Kong. After moving to US, she became a community organizer for economic, social and racial justice around the country;
but learned she could not build a sustaining movement without self care.
She was introduced to qi gong that was taught to her by her mother. Which lead her to her life-long journey studying Martial Arts and body-centered modalities. She has been practicing Massage and Trauma Touch Therapy™ since 2013, and is
currently studying Classical East Asian medicine in Los Angeles with a degree in Asian Studies and Eastern Religion.
Her healing is based on a feminist, holistic, and trauma-informed perspective, connecting with diet, movement, breath-work, bodywork, herbs, and acupuncture. Her goal is to realign the body, mind and spirit; while empowering the community with tools to self heal in a safe and inclusive space.
Destin Cortez, a brown transman, is a community member and musician. For Destin, 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 spends his time between his hometown in the Inland Empire and LA, practicing Qi Gong and writing music. He’s also an avid astrology enthusiast who wouldn’t mind reading your birth chart, if you ask nicely.
Drum Circle & Movement with Jazzmun Crayton and our OUTspoken drummers, Jaden Fields and Destin Cortez
Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton is an African American Trans* / Gender Non-conforming Queer Person of Color residing in Hollywood, California. She is a seasoned performer that has traveled the world showcasing her passion for entertaining audiences worldwide.
She can be seen in both major motion pictures and television. She landed roles in the hit comedies “The Forty Year Old Virgin” with Steve Carrell and “Blast From the Past” with Christopher Walken and Brendan Frasier. On the small screen, she has also had several recurring roles on popular American television shows such as “Big Shots”, “CSI-New York”, “NYPD Blue”, “Nip/Tuck” and “ER”.
Jazzmun is the writer and producer of a 90 minute exploration of transgender and non-conforming stories that is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “In Full Bloom.” This stage play and documentary explores the transgender experience through stories, dance, and spoken word, which is not limited to the Trans* women alone, but embraces the full spectrum of transgender identity. Her goal today continues to be fueled by her desire to make a difference in communities that continue to be impacted by bigotry , ignorance further more giving a platform to these communities to share their voices.
As Jazzmun continues to evolve as a performer, she is also expanding and bringing her talents to activism with the Trans* community. She is currently a HIV Testing Counselor at APAIT were she works directly with transgender women of color who are living or affected by HIV. She has created and facilitated programs in conjunction with Trans* community leaders, leading community organizations, and elected officials in order to bring about positive change for the entire Trans* community.
Jazzmun is also a member of the Transgender Advisory Council for the City of Los Angeles, which is the first body of it’s kind in a major U.S. city. The council is comprised of 9 diverse Trans* / Gender Non-Conforming individuals who bring a wealth of knowledge and a variety of perspectives. With her position on the council, her intention for serving on the board is to hold a safe and brave space to improve the quality of life for Transgender people not only in Los Angeles or California, but on a nationwide level as well.
Jazzmun continues to travel throughout the US speaking about the importance of transgender visibility and inclusion. Her goal is to continue to use her talents and skills to the further the integration of gender non-conforming and Trans* Individuals in any social or economic background. Her personal philosophy can be summed up in one of her favorite quotes by Maya Angelou: “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” This quote embraces the passion and dedication that Jazzmun has for creating change within the community and society at large.
ABOUT THE SPACE + ACCESSIBILITY INFO
Since July 2009, OUTspoken Sessions has been an open mic and safe space for LGBTQIA+ (and ally) folks. Originally for youth 19 and under, Equal Action saw a need for a safe multi-generational space. OUTspoken Sessions is still affirming 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.
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 (http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15)
-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
-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 Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org