June 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm PDT | by Jake Finney
Trans Pride 2018 in pictures

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.

 

Staci Spencer and Sabel Samone viewing the Trans Pride LA 2018 art exhibit at Los Angeles LGBT Center, Advocate & Gochis Galleries. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

 

Trans Pride LA goers dancing to the beats of DJ Shane Ivan Nash. (Photo courtesy Nash)

 

Community activist and DJ Shane Ivan Nash. (Photo courtesy Nash)

 

Rizi Timane of St. John’s Trans Health Program checking out the schedule of events at Trans Pride LA. (Photo by Christina Timane)

 

Trans Pride LA rolled out the red carpet on Friday night at the Big Queer Convo. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

 

Trans Pride LA hosted a panel discussion on Gender Non Conforming, Non Binary identities. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

 

A bunch of the men of Trans Pride LA showing off their pride at the Ed Gould Village. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

 

Trans Pride LA – I Hope U Know How Loved U Are. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

 

Andrea Jenkins, the first black openly transgender woman elected to political office in the U.S., was the special guest for Trans Pride LA’s Big Queer Convo. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

 

LA City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell greets attendees at the Big Queer Convo. (Photo by Sabel Simone)

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