Connect with us

Sponsored

Jump The Q – How LA’s ProjectQ salon provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community

Unfortunately, for many people within the LGBTQ community, a simple visit to a salon can often turn into a hair-raising experience.

Published

on

Photo courtesy of ProjectQ Community Center Instagram.

Whether it’s a smart hair cut or a brand new look, a visit to a hair or beauty salon is an integral part of our lives and an essential boost to our wellbeing.  Unfortunately, for many people within the LGBTQ community, a simple visit to a salon can often turn into a hair-raising experience. 

Getting to the roots of prejudice

Unfortunately, in 2021, we’re still seeing news stories detailing abuse of the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles – including the case of Wi Spa in LA which was the target of online trolling after unsubstantiated claims regarding a trans person in the salon.  While such stories are thankfully becoming more rare, it’s clear that there’s still work to be done – and ProjectQ in North Spring Street is doing just that. 

Cutting out exclusion

Launched in 2017, ProjectQ is a community centre which was created to provide a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community – a space where everybody is welcome, regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, income or status.  The centre offers free mentorship, workshops and classes to its growing number of members, as well as a hair salon built on the foundations of inclusion. 


Many members of the LGBTQ community feel that they’re woefully under-represented when it comes to hair and beauty salons – something which ProjectQ is tackling in a very real way through its unique centre.  A non-profit organization, ProjectQ offers free haircuts to LGBTQ homeless young people as well as serving the wider community.  Founder, Andre Vargas, says, “It was always about self care and self improvement.  Those are the things that we’ve always talked about consistently at ProjectQ”. 


Specialising in gender-affirming haircuts and, in keeping with its place within an inclusive hub as well as the social aspect of the centre, the salon offers free parking, beer and wine and English and Spanish speaking stylists.  In fact, the salon has become so popular within the community that the owners struggle to accommodate the high number of clients; particularly when juggling booked customers with walk-ins (something most salons state as a common problem).  A welcome solution to ProjectQ’s problems is offered in the form of Booksy’s scheduling software

Trimming time and costs

Booksy is an innovative bit of kit which allows customers to book and manage their own appointments either online or through an app.  For customers, this means that appointments can be made, amended and cancelled quickly without any fuss and without having to pick up the phone and risk errors due to staff mistakes and language problems.  


“My sister and I are both LGBTQIA, so it was really cute when we scheduled haircuts together at ProjectQ with Coral and Ramdasha.  I love that ProjectQ’s developed such a thoughtful, inclusive space”.  Tanner H


For salons like ProjectQ, the benefits are myriad and, include: 
Reducing pressure on staff – Salon employees, such as ProjectQ’s Coral and Ramdasha, are free to do what they do best without having to stop to answer the phone on a regular basis.  


Managing appointments – Booksy uses artificial intelligence to manage appointments much more efficiently than the average human.  For salon owners, this offers better optimization of time and space, and can significantly help with social distancing within the space. 

Reducing no-shows – As customers are able to quickly cancel appointments through the app, they are a lot less likely to just not show up to their appointment.  In addition, Booksy offers a pre-payment feature which further helps to reduce no-shows – and helps salons to recoup costs when they do happen. 


Upsells – These days, most salons choose to increase their revenue through the selling of products used on their premises.  The Booksy app allows for upselling of products to be either collected during an appointment or delivered to the customer. 

Conclusion

As we strive toward a more tolerant and inclusive world, we deserve to not only feel good about ourselves but to look good too.  ProjectQ’s trailblazing salon is a huge step in the right direction for a community which has previously been overlooked and, we hope that other salon owners will follow suit by working on better serving this ever-growing demographic.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Sponsored

Santa Monica-based wellness center creates peak male health and performance clinic

Published

on

SANTA MONICA – Compelled by COVID-19 to shelter in place, the many months spent on “Pause” mode gave mankind a lot of time for navel gazing. For some men, that gazing continued south, just past the navel—and forced them to face some hard truths about certain shortcomings. Night after night, like New Year’s Eve on a loop, resolutions were made to get some help in the personal growth department, as soon as the world at large was up for it.

At roughly the same time, a former ER trauma surgeon whose Santa Monica-based wellness center specialized in regenerative and anti-aging healthcare was busy creating a stand-alone practice dedicated to peak male health and performance.

Flash forward to the present, and Total Male is the new boutique offering from Dr. Daniel Moghadam, or “Dr. D, as his patients like to call him. At the center of Total Male (actually, a bit south of center, just past the navel) is a time-tested, well-vetted, permanent penis enlargement procedure that has improved the sexual lives and everyday confidence of its many recipients.

Best of all, the procedure is non-surgical, carrying none of the risks associated with going under the knife. That means no stitches, cutting, or general anesthesia. The instantaneous results appear natural and are permanent.

“The procedure is done with a topical numbing agent and the collagen injection creates permanent tissue growth that can be built upon with multiple procedures, if that’s what the patient wants,” explains Total Male intake specialist Cameron. “If you’ve gained an inch or girth when you’re flaccid, you’re going to be that much bigger when you’re erect.” Although you can go right back to most regular activities right after the procedure, you’ll need a 30-day period without sexual activity, so the college can settle.

In addition to those who simply want a noticeable improvement in girth, the enlargement procedure has been an effective option for those who’ve suffered the results of botched penile surgeries or issues like erectile dysfunction, anxiety, or other factors most men deal with at some point in their lives. 

But Dr. D’s Total Male practice is more than just the marquee penis enlargement procedure. “We also do PRP injections, and that helps with blood flow,” notesCameron, of the many add-on options. “We find that helps a lot of our patients get to the next level on their quest to achieve peak sexual performance. If that’s not enough, we also recommend testing hormone and testosterone levels, and then design a course of treatment for those factors if need be.”

Stress, an understandable component of living in the era of COVID-19 and its Delta variant, is also a factor Dr. D takes into account. In fact, all aspects of mind and body are involved in diagnosis and treatment, making Total Male as much of a mission statement as a brand name.

“His background as an ER doctor has exposed him to many traumas and problems,” says Cameron of Dr. D, noting, “He’s been able to pinpoint seemingly minor or unrelated problems and reverse them. And because of his education in anti-aging hormones and his aversion to having a patient go under the knife, he comes at the whole spectrum of male performance with a different perspective than, say, a plastic surgeon or a psychologist.”

So if you’ve been putting off taking the first step toward gaining the normal confidence that comes with above average circumference, book a consultation with the Total Male team. Each consultation includes information on a variety of finance options, and a detailed description of the patient’s role in a recovery process that will produce permanent results.

Call 805-608-4711 or visit http://www.drdenhancement.com/

Continue Reading

Sponsored

8th annual “GOLD MEETS GOLDEN”

Published

on

By Susan Hornik | LOS ANGELES – The 8th annual “GOLD MEETS GOLDEN” event has gone virtual this year, with inspiring “Stay Gold” conversations between Hollywood’s most loved actors and athletes. While usually taking place during the Golden Globes, the pandemic pivoted lgbtq organizers Charley C. Walters and Scott Orlin to create a more intimate video event surrounding the 2021 Olympics, raising money for the much loved sports charity organization, Angel City Sports.

“Angel City Sports has been a perfect charity partner for Gold Meets Golden for several years now,” enthused Walters. “Since its inception 7 years ago, ACS has provided the opportunity for hundreds of children in the disabled community to find an outlet in Adaptive Sports. We’ve seen first-hand how that introductions enhances their lives. It is so wonderful to know that the children we are helping via this charity will one day compete for our own Paralympics in Los Angeles in 2028!”  

Conducting the conversations online has turned out to be a blessing, as Walters was able to include many impressive international celebrities and athletes who normally can’t travel to Los Angeles for the in person, Beverly Hills charity bash. 

“Technology allowed us to connect personalities from the UK to Australia to Japan, and to spread the theme of Gold Meets Golden and Angel City Sports to a broader, worldwide audience,” he said. 

Among the many exciting virtual video conversations taking place is between actress Nicole Kidman and the equally legendary gymnast, NadiaComaneci.

“Nicole is a huge fan of the Olympics and Paralympics and even once dreamt of being an Olympic swimmer in her home country of Australia,”  Walters noted. “She attends as many Olympics Games as she can but this time, has obviously posed limitations. Gold Meets Golden is a great way for her and the entire Hollywood community to show love to these esteemed athletes. She has been a true champion for the cause by lending her support for all these years.”

Other fantastic chats are between Billy Porter with Track & Field High Jumper Vashti Cunningham

Sasha Baron Cohen with UK Diver Tom Daley

the cast of Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso” (Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple and Phil Dunster) with World-Cup winning Soccer players Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas with Paralympic runner Roderick Townsend & Olympian Ty-Butts Townsend;

and Matt Bomer with Paralympic racer Tatyana McFadden

The series will also feature a special Paralympic-inspired musical performance of Diane Warren and Laura Pausini’s Oscar-nominated “Lo Si / Seen,” with special guest Blake Stadnik (“This is Us”), who will represent the visually impaired community.

The online conversations have been so popular that many more celebrities are stepping forward to record more thought on the Games. It is expected they will post prior to the start of the Paralympics. 

“One of our main objectives with Gold Meets Golden was to provide a bridge between actors and athletes; an opportunity for each to share their own story about techniques and preparations,” added Orlin.

“With our ‘In Conversation’ series, viewers are provided with a truly special opportunity to witness this mutual admiration of this grouping as they each share some very personal perspectives.”

For their VIP sponsors, Gold Meets Golden 2021 is working with a variety of partners who support both Hollywood & sporting industries.

“Our brands came up with some very clever ways to enjoy the Games from home… for example, by supplying ingredients for a Tequila Herradura “Golden Angel” cocktail to all our participants,” said Walters. 

Herradura Recipe for the “Golden Angel” Cocktail:

“We also loved seeing the reaction from the Angel City Sports athletes who truly appreciated gifts like a 24K Theragun massager, Gold Slip sleep mask and Gold ‘That Neck Pillow,’ all of which helps balance their competition and rest time.”

Angel City Sports athletes for “Theragun”

“It was an honor to be asked to help support such a worthy organization,” said That Neck Pillow’s inventor Lynthia Muller. “Getting involved with the charity serves as a reminder that we all need someone and that we should always help one another when we can.These pillows help improve posture, relieve pain and can help these athletes destress after a workout.”

Angel City Sports athletes for “Slip”

Added Dr. Jason Wersland, Founder and Chief Wellness Officer of Therabody: “We are proud to partner with Gold Meets Golden, and to have been able to provide Theragun percussive therapy devices to all participating celebrities, athletes and para-athletes. I know this will help them. And, we’re so honored to support Angel City Sports para-athletes who are using the devices as part of their training and recovery and to help with life’s physical challenges.”

Angel City Sports athletes for “ThatNeckPillow”

Zappo’s Adaptive also stepped up to the plate by creating some custom adaptive outfits based on the children’s disabilities and lifestyles. “The athletes’ reactions upon opening these gifts were priceless,” said Walters.

In addition, RedBull and Deloitte are helping support conversations for their own endorsed athletes, and the popular app FASHWIRE is helping athletes who want to start their own fashion lines following the Olympics.

“This is FASHWIRE’s second year supporting Gold Meets Golden, and we are excited to help pivot from last year’s live fashion show to a new online series advising Olympians and Paralympians on how to start their own fashion lines, especially within the growing adaptive wear community,” said company spokesperson Kimberly Carney.

If you would like to donate: Text GMG to 71777 or use this link to donate. https://app.mobilecause.com/form/pXAtiA?vid=h94ui

Continue Reading

Sponsored

The Best Bitcoin Dice Gambling Sites (2021 Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

If you are looking for the best bitcoin dice site, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Crypto dice reviews to find out more!

Published

on

Many websites allow bitcoin deposits out there. Choosing the best bitcoin dice gambling site may be more complicated than it seems. 

Who to trust?

These reviews present a selection of the best dice gambling platforms for all crypto enthusiasts based on several essential criteria.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us @LosAngelesBlade

Sign Up for Blade eBlasts

Popular