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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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WeHo Webinar: Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxiety During Pandemic

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood will present a free informational webinar called Combatting Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxieties during COVID-19 at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The City of West Hollywood understands that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. Community members may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely, or frustrated during this time. These signs of stress are normal. It is important to take care of mental health and well-being, especially during LA County Safer At Home orders.

In this 60-minute webinar, two of the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services providers, APLA Health and Jewish Family Services (JFS), will talk about the importance of accessing mental health information, resources, and services to combat loneliness, isolation, and depression during COVID-19. If you feel lonely or scared, remember: at the moment we may be distanced, but we are not disconnected. You’re not alone. West Hollywood is a community and we are all here for one another.

Register for the free webinar at https://app.livestorm.co/city-of-west-hollywood/west-hollywood-covid-19-mental-health.

The webinar will also be archived on the City’s coronavirus information page located at www.weho.org/coronavirus for future viewing.

This webinar is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice; rather, all information, content, and materials available on this webinar are for general informational purposes only.

The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information or visit www.weho/org/coronavirus for additional mental health resources.

APLA Health, for the last 35 years, has advocated for health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV.

The Jewish Family Services (JFS) West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center provides activities and social and recreational services to enhance the well-being of older adults and younger people with disabilities who are residents of the City of West Hollywood, as well as their families. Highly professional and caring staff provide support, counseling, resource coordination, care management, crisis intervention, advocacy, and assistance in both Russian and English.

The City of West Hollywood has launched a website area with tips and resources for mental health and well being, which will be updated regularly at www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-resources. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line can be reached at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549 and is available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.

Recreational programming is an excellent tool to help improve mental health and well-being. As part of the City’s response to the coronavirus, our Recreation Services team has launched the #WeRecAtHome series, a virtual Recreation Center that provides fun and educational activities, crafts, tutorials, games, and self-care activities that people of all ages can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Programming is designed to assist community members in limiting physical contact and promote social distancing while giving people tools to stay creative, active, and healthy. Access the #WeRecAtHome series online through the City’s website at www.weho.org/recreation.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

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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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