James Wen

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James Wen is a member of the Transgender Advisory Council.

James began his advocacy for transgender rights in 2010 at a Transgender Law Center (TLC) Summit.  He later participated with the pilot TLC Transgender Advisory Group which helped to inform the LGBT Reducing Disparities Project.  He continued his advocacy through contributing in transmen focus groups including with Boston Fenway Health which studied transmen's barriers to health access. 

In 2016, while advocating for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission to endorse a resolution in support of the End Racial Profiling Act and Equality Act, James was invited to apply to the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council (TAC) and currently serves as the Housing and Homelessness Committee Chair.  He and committee members have tirelessly advocated for trans and non-binary housing accommodations and navigator training with LAHSA, LA County HIV Commission, Ryan White Fund (HOPWA), City of LA Homeless Services, City Planning, HCIDLA, California HCD, LA Affordable Housing Commission, various housing collaboratives, neighborhood councils, municipal leaders, and state legislators.  In 2019, he invited community into conversation with UN Women-LA to share about their LGBTQIA2-S experiences.  In 2020, James was selected to represent TAC at the Housing Element Task Force while also helping to procure PPE for frontline community workers.  James previously chaired TAC's Trans Voter Empowerment and Census Committee.  More recently, he will be serving with the LA Metro Public Safety Advisory Committee.

James has a hospitality and commercial real estate background, and when he transitioned, he picked up work as an apprentice electrician where he developed an understanding of trans people in trade work.  Later in his career, he was a Program Associate with Equality California (EQCA) predominantly engaging faith groups to sign the Transgender Respect and Dignity Pledge.  He completed his tenure with EQCA advocating for inclusive health fitness facilities. James then worked with LGBTQ asylum seekers with Program for Torture Victims, and most recently worked with Southern Christian Leadership Council canvassing as a Field Deputy for the census in Baldwin Park, Inglewood, and Compton.  

James was the 2015 West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board Chair drawing attention to transyouth suicide rate, and spotlighting Trans Lifeline, a trans-led hotline founded in 2014.  James also served the 2017 pilot year with Trans Can Work Board, and continues to serve on the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles Board.  He advocated for equality and gender pronouns through the Human Rights Campaign - LA Steering Committee, and was honored by the National organization for his service in 2017 and 2018.  James was also one of the 2018 recipients for the LA Blade's Pride In the Sky Award, and in 2020, he supported the National Trans Visibility March policy team.

James continues to serve as a rotating speaker for Kaiser Permanente, and is a member of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Liturgical Guild.  He is a parent to a college junior, and offers support to parents of transgender youths at PFLAG-Burbank meetings.