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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