November 15, 2017 at 7:34 pm PST | by Troy Masters
Transgender Day of Remembrance, Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day

WORLD AIDS DAY: In 1982, Michael Callen (center) and Richard Berkowitz, two gay men with AIDS living in New York, wrote How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach. Callen and Berkowitz are among the earliest warriors in the battle against HIV. See Nov. 28. (Photo courtesy National Institutes for Health)

NOV 17

“Stop Killing Us” Transgender Day of Remembrance, FRI Nov. 17 @ 6:00 PM at Los Angeles City College (855 N Vermont Ave). Panel and candle light vigil with name reading ceremony honoring trans lives lost to the epidemic of hate and violence and what we can do to put an end to it. Panelists include Chandi Moore (I Am Cait, Children’s Hospital), Aiza-Angelina Alamilla (FCC), Maria Roman (APAIT), Queen Mother Karina Samala (TAB), Elias Lawliet (UCLA) .

NOV 18

TransGiving Dinner 17, SAT Nov. 18 @ 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Adam Project (514 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach). TransGiving was created to provide the Trans community a safe and positive space to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Contact Chanel Chela Demuir on social @motherchela.

Transgender Wellness & Wellbeing Conference, SAT. Nov. 18 @ 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at LAC + USC Medical Center (1200 N. State Street). The City of West Hollywood will co-sponsor the 2017, conference and series of workshops that include such topics as physical wellbeing, emotional wellness, prosperity wellbeing and creative wellness. The conference and lunch is free to attend, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Bonnie Smith at (323) 848-637.

NOV 20

City of West Hollywood’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, MON Nov. 20 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Center for Early Education (563 N. Alfred Street). The event will include speakers from the community, City representatives, and transgender performers. The names of murdered transgender people will be read aloud and a march will immediately follow. Flags will be flown at West Hollywood City Hall at half-staff in remembrance.

Long Beach Transgender Day of Remembrance, MON Nov. 20 @ 4:30 PM at Harvey Milk Promenade Park (195 E 3rd St, Long Beach). Join The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Human Rights Campaign, and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, for the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and stand in solidarity and honor the resiliency of our trans community members.  This year’s event will feature a reading of names of those lost over the last year as well as a candlelight vigil. Several community members will present.

Orange County Trans Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20 @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Sasscer Park (N. Ross and W. 4th Street).  Join Orange County’s LGBT Center at Plaza Calle Cuatro in Downtown Santa Ana and remember our fallen brothers and sisters who were taken from us too soon. The march starts at 4 p.m. at Sasscer Park at N. Ross and W. 4th streets in Downtown Santa Ana and ends at CO4 with speakers and a vigil. For more info email Sefe Zamora,

NOV 21

Thanksgiving Dinner for LGBT Seniors, THU. Nov 21 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Rockwell Table and Stage (1714 Vermont Avenue). If you are a Senior LGBT person and are a client of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, then this is a feast of gratitude.  Enjoy all the best staples Thanksgiving has to offer and enjoy your old friends…and make new ones! RSVP by email: or call 323-860-5830.

NOV 27

AIDS Quilt Display, MON Nov. 27 through FRI Dec. 1 @ 8 AM – 5 PM daily at West Hollywood City Hall (8300 Santa Monica Blvd).  The AIDS Memorial Quilt, conceived by the late Gilbert Baker for the Names Project, is one of the most moving tributes to the scores of gay men and others who died of AIDS.  In it’s final display in Washington DC it covered nearly the entire National Mall.  This is a rare display of some of the earliest panels of the quilt.

NOV 28

AIDS Literature from Lambda Literary Book Club, TUE Nov. 28 @ 7 PM at West Hollywood Library Community Room (625 N. San Vicente Blvd.). A discussion of Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS.  The book is a profound exploration of the intersection of race, sexuality, class, identity, and the politics of AIDS activism beyond ACT UP, capturing both a generation struggling to cope with the deadly disease and the extraordinary refusal of two men to give in to despair. Facilitated by Steven Reigns. For more information:

NOV 30

Feminine Energy:  Defining the Woman You Are, THU Nov. 30 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (1125 N. McCadden Place). This fun and empowering discussion-based workshop will allow you to explore your femininity and unleash your unique form of self-expression. No topic is off-limits (respectfully, of course), so this is an amazing opportunity to ask questions and gain a fresh perspective to help you be the best you possible.


Desert AIDS Project’s 4th Annual Everyday Heroes Award, FRI Dec. 1 @ 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Camelot Theatre (2399 East Baristo Road, Theatre One, Palm Springs). Desert AIDS Project honors local everyday heroes to mark World AIDS Day.  The annual event, now in its fourth year, features an outdoor reception, award presentations, live entertainment and the after-party. Tickets are $40 to $150 and are available by calling 760-992-0445.

AIDS Candlelight Vigil, FRI Dec. 1 @ 6:00 PM @ starting point NW corner of Crescent Heights & Santa Monica Blvd and end Council Chambers, West Hollywood Library (625 N. San Vicente Blvd.). Remember the hundreds of thousands of people who died of AIDS.  Never forget their names or the dark and dangerous period of time we fought our way out of.

Paul Starke Warrior Awards, FRI Dec. 1 @ 7:00 PM @ Council Chambers, West Hollywood Library (625 N. San Vicente Blvd.).  Awards Presentation to individuals providing HIV and/or substance-abuse services. Special Guest Speaker Laurie McBride, lifelong LGBTQ activist and former California Assistant Secretary of State. View the Being Alive Musical Globe Display made by members

to represent their HIV journey to wellness.

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