LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and the Transgender Advisory Council hosted a Transgender Day of Visibility Celebration on March 30th via Facebook livestream and Channel 35. Watch the event below.
The event to celebrate and empower LA's transgender community included Karina Samala, Chair of the Transgender Advisory Council, LAPD Chief Bea Girmala, and Capri Maddox, Executive Director of the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (LA Civil Rights). It was hosted with support from Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA City View.
The celebration recognized two outstanding organizations serving transgender communities in Los Angeles. Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System, or HOPICS, at Casa de Zulma provides services and outreach for transgender women transitioning into housing. Read more about their work at Casa de Zulma here. Invisible Men is a community space and organization serving trans and nonbinary men of color, providing community, safe spaces, and organizing to lift up and represent trans men of color. Learn more about Invisible Men here.
Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated around the world each year on March 31st. The day is meant to celebrate and cherish transgender individuals and communities that make our world a better and more inclusive place to live. Los Angeles, one fo the first cities in the United States to establish a Transgender Advisory Council, marked the day by lighting city hall in the colors of the Transgender Flag.
Learn more about the Transgender Advisory Council here.