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OutSpoken Sessions: LGBTQIA Open Mic Night; RADICAL JOY


Join OUTSpoken Sessions on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 for a ~Radical Joy~ themed open mic to benefit Roots of Resistance!

Doors open at 5:30pm for the Vendor Bazaar

Event starts at 6:30pm
The Wall Las Memorias
5619 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, California 90042

(More information on accessibility and event details below.)

RADICAL JOY: Gather ’round the stage this January for an OUTspoken Sessions storytime unlike any you’ve experienced before. We will share what brings joy to our lives as we break in the new year and celebrate Equal Action‘s 10-year anniversary. Let’s be Radical and unveil our joy through spoken word, song, dance, or whichever craft you enjoy.

FUNDRAISER: We ask for a $5 cover to provide aid to our community spotlight, Roots of Resistance, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

FOOD: Vegan Chili, cornbread, potato salad, dessert and beverages will be available throughout the night

VENDOR BAZAAR: Come meet your local LGBTQIA+ artists, zinesters, and healers. Make sure to stop by and check out the local orgs that will be tabling: Roots of Resistance, Edie Zermeno Print Art, LA Worm Farm Collective, LA Spoonie Collective!

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!

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Roots of Resistance

Roots of Resistance offers remedies and consultation for survivors, the chronically sick and disabled — with particular focus on pain management, mental health, and building vitality.


SAD GIRLS: Sad girls is a doo wop 60s girl group inspired queer rocknroll band based in Los Angeles. The group is comprised of Rachel , Manny, & Bianca: three femme identified females who enjoy listening to oldies and process their feelings together.

AUDREY KUO: Audrey Kuo is a poet, writer, and community organizer who is deeply invested in building networks among queer and trans people of color working toward collective liberation, grounded in healing justice and disability justice. Their work is shaped by their identity as a queer, genderqueer second-generation Taiwanese-American.
As co-chair of the Trans Justice Committee for NQAPIA, Audrey is co-visioning a trans freedom school for transgender and gender nonconforming Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Audrey also organizes with Vigilant Love, APIs 4 Black Lives – Los Angeles, and Healing Justice LA. Audrey also bakes bread and appreciates being introduced to your puppies and kittens.

QTPI XPRESS: QTPi Xpress were born out of the ashes of the last presidential election last November at the first ever Transgress Fest. QTPi Xpress are an unadulterated middle finger to heteronormativity. QTPi Xpress are fueled by the tears of men, racists, misogynists, bigots, & snuggles.

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.


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.

– 5 minute walk from Highland Park Gold Line Station
– Closest bus stops (1 minute walk) at Monte Vista / Avenue 56
– Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhoods
– Open mic will be held outdoors in a partially-covered large patio space with a few outdoor heaters; Vendor Bazaar will be indoors
– 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: Multiple Chemical SensitivityWebMD)
– 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

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
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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


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.


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.




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.



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 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

LA Worm Farm Collective
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 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 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!

Equal Action’s New Website!

Hey all, Kimler here!

The old site was getting dusty so we decided to spruce up the place!

Please bear with the mess while we put things in place.  We will keep posting our latest news and announcements here!

If you have any questions please free to contact me at For questions about OUTspoken Sessions, please contact Dahlia at

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