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July 22 OutSpoken Sessions LGBTQIA Open Mic: TransHaven LA

OUTspoken Sessions

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

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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.)

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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.

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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

Michaelvincent Garcia

SHOP: etsy.com/shop/michaelvincentgarcia

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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.

Tevy Khou

WEBSITE: tevykhou.com

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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

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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 Venegas

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BLOG: skinnedknees.net

SHOP: Etsy.com/shop/magpiesformoons

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

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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.

it’s complicated collective: aian mendoza & johnson pham
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aian [[they/them]] is a gender queer mixed Filipinx who enjoys being in community, sharing food, writing tragic poetry, dreaming of future times/plans, eating potatoes & petting dogs.
johnson [[they/them/theirs]] is a Vietnamese trans femme from Orange County, California. they study linguistics with the interest of being a librarian in the future. they cohabit with a dog, Rosco, a Chipin.

Drum Circle with our OUTspoken drummers, Jaden Fields and Destin Cortez

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

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 rjones@equalaction.org

 

 

 

January 21 OUTspoken Sessions Trans/Queer Open Mic: Benefit for Standing Rock Water Protectors Oceti Sakowin Camp

OUTspoken Sessions
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
outspokensessionsflyerjan21Join 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 CAMPnodapl-indigenous-rights-oceti-sakowin-cc-nc-flickr-e1480991715816A 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


FEATURED ARTISTS

Cosmetic Art with Johnny Pimentel

image001Johnny 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

image002Jose 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

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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.
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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
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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)

Accessibility Information
-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 Dan at dmaldonado@equalaction.org

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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