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Job Fair for Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex People on Nov 7

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Job Fair for Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex People on Nov. 7

LOS ANGELES — Held this year at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza on Thursday, November 7, the 11th annual job fair for trans, non-binary and intersex people is occurring at a time when the employment needs of this population are firmly in the spotlight.

“There is a bit of a cultural shift happening right now,” observes Eden Anaï Luna, manager of the Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), which is co-hosting the event with the City of West Hollywood and Citi Community Development.

“For example, Patricia Arquette spoke out at the Emmy Awards for more job security for trans people. POSE stars MJ Rodriguez and Indya Moore have also been bringing visibility to the fact that finding employment as a trans woman of color is incredibly difficult —especially for folks who engaged in survival sex work or other economies that they had to resort to—because no employers are willing to hire them.”

The unemployment rate for trans and non-binary people is three times higher than the U.S. average. The unemployment rate among transgender people of color is four times higher, according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

TEEP has invited more than 40 companies and organizations to participate in this year’s job fair, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“You can expect a very safe space to be yourself, to present as you wish,” Luna says. “The intention is to have a space where people can look for these jobs without fear of judgement. Even if you don’t get hired on this day, you’re going to meet community members and friends who are supportive of your professional development.”

Since 2008 participating companies have met with more than 1,500 potential candidates from the trans, non-binary and intersex communities, resulting in hundreds of them being hired. More than 100 job seekers attended last year’s fair.

On the morning of the fair, participating employers are provided with a 90-minute diversity training on gender identity, sexual orientation, different terminologies describing non-binary and intersex communities, best practices for hiring and asking questions, and an update on the latest employment laws in California.

“Even though these companies have been known to be allies, we want to make sure they are ready and willing to interface with the community as respectfully as possible,” Luna explains.

Other components of the fair include one-on-one résumé assistance; workshops on interviewing skills, personal finance, and wellness in the workplace; a photo booth for professional headshots that can be downloaded on USB flash drives; and a panel discussion on what trans or gender non-confirming people can expect to experience when seeking corporate jobs.

The free event’s community partners are Trans Can Work, JVS SoCal, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

“The work we are doing together with the Center and TEEP is some of the most important work to be done in the transgender community,” says Trans Can Work Executive Director Allison Vankuiken. “At a time of low unemployment, our communities continue to struggle with poverty, violence, and disparities in health and well-being stemming from discrimination.  In this, we believe that education and building bridges to economic opportunity can not only reduce many of the challenges we face today, but help our community thrive and rise to our full potential.”

Job fair participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register here.

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Free Advocacy Training Project: How to Write an Op-Ed – Mar 8

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has been offering advocacy training for residents. In March, the focus in writing an op-ed.

An op-ed, short for “opposite the editorial page”, is a written prose piece typically published by a newspaper or magazine which expresses the opinion of an author usually not affiliated with the publication’s editorial board.

Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ (NCJW/LA) Advocacy Training Project presents ‘How to Write an Op-Ed,’ an expert-led workshop that will teach participants how to craft an impactful and memorable op-ed and how to get published.

The free workshop will be facilitated by Tom Zoellner, Chapman University Professor, journalist, and best-selling author, who will share his expertise on the purpose of an Op-Ed and how to write one.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. at NCJW/LA, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue

Admission is FREE

For details, contact NCJW/LA at (323) 852-8508.

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Free Class in WeHo: Threat Response/Active Shooter Training – Feb 13

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Residents are invited to join the City of West Hollywood for a Threat Response / Active Shooter Seminar with Erik Franco of High-Speed Tac Med.

This free community class will provide knowledge about best practices for responding to active threats; “See Something/Say Something;” increasing situational awareness; what to expect when law enforcement responds; an overview of “Run/Hide/Fight/Treat” responses; and basics about how to treat people who are injured.

No RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Kristin Cook at (323) 848-6492 or kcook@weho.org.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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Sat Feb 8: Recharge for Spring with LVMB Collective

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by Genevieve Marie

LOS FELIZ — LVMB Collective presents: Recharge for Spring! Led by  Weléla Mar Kindred of  Löv Yoga, to help you feel energized!

The event includes an Intentional Choreography workshop, Tribal Bellydanse, Spring Women’s Healing Circle and African Sound Ceremony. Guests will want to eat really light, drink some water, and wear clothes you can move in.

There will be a short sound bath which LVMB says will guide you towards a more relaxed state. Weléla will be using Tibetan sound bowls and Koshi wind chimes. Green juice will be given complimentary at the closing of the class. “Let’s heal you!” she says.

Weléla says of the event “Consider this flow to consciously focus on healing the heart and very gentle yoga practice – no harsh movements.  Embracing the affirmation, I forgive all in my path and I will walk with a lighter heart. This flow is a hatha-based flow. For those who are new to yoga, with the intention of being gentle. This is a space where you practice to be aware of your body and those around you.”

“This will be a beautiful ceremony among your El Portal community and friends, we look forward to seeing you there!” – LVMB

Where and When

Sat, February 8, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST

El Portal De Los Feliz 3713 Lowry Road Los Angeles, CA 90027

Please allow extra time for parking.

Space is limited, tickets at eventbrite.com

Private Gentle Löv Yoga Sessions are also available, they can come to you or arrange a Skype class. 

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L V M B also offers plant-based culinary services, offering African inspired food meal plans specifically to clients based in Los Angeles.  They travel to global cities for personal meal planning trips as well for clients who desire meals that not only nourish but create smart time saving needs.

Weléla  began preparing plant-based meals in 1997 in her Los Angeles home studio, and in Paris, FR – book a private service here .

​For more info, check out www.lvmbcollective.com or email lvmbcollective@gmail.com

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