Several hundred people participated in the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Trans Pride LA festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the world, held June 15 and 16, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Los Angeles.
For the seventh consecutive year, Trans Pride LA kicked off with the Center’s ongoing community forum series, Big Queer Convo, this year featuring Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins, the nation’s first openly transgender African- American woman to be elected to public office.
After Big Queer Convo, Trans Pride LA presented Let Me Show You Something Beautiful, an art exhibit at The Village’s Advocate & Gochis Galleries, featuring the photography of Academy Award- nominated filmmaker/photojournalist Kimberlee Acquaro.
On Saturday, TransTribe LA hosted a gender nonconforming/nonbinary panel, followed by a resource fair featuring an array of services and programs vital to the trans community.
The weekend included a Happy Hour event presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a catered dinner for more than 500 people, a special awards presentation and a “VarieTy: show featuring Transparent’s Alexandra Billings, RuPaul’s Drag Race vet Kelly Mantle, Sharon Brown, Billie White Acre, Jordan Balgat, Heather Barron, Ezra Michel, members of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Kai Gloger, a nine-year-old trans female who read her coming out essay.
Trans Pride LA was funded in part by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, The Fight Magazine, Happy Hippie Foundation along with the Transgender Law Center and TransTribe Los Angeles.