First-of-its-kind Trans Middle to Open in WeHo

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Connie Norman Trans Empowerment Middle—believed to be the primary facility of its sort nationwide serving Trans and Non-Binary people and communities of, by and for Trans and nonbinary people—will open in West Hollywood, CA (1001 N. Martel Ave., 90046) on Friday, September 10, 2021, with a proper ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception and excursions of the power between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm PT. NOTE: The ribbon-cutting occasion is ready to happen at 4:45 pm.

The ability is known as and being devoted in honor of Connie Norman, often called the ‘AIDS Diva,’ a fearless Transgender and AIDS activist who died of the illness in 1996. The Connie Norman Trans Empowerment Middle will function a house for a number of Trans-led organizations together with FLUX and the Distinctive Girl’s Coalition (UWC). The middle will concentrate on constructing capability, advocacy and general well being and wellness of the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. Constructed and initially operated by AHF within the Nineteen Nineties as Linn Home, a hospice for individuals dying from AIDS, this 20,000 square-foot constructing is now repurposed to operate as a form of ‘WeWork’ area for Trans-led organizations to have a spot to do their work, develop and be affirmed.






Friday, September 10, 2021. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm NOTE: Ribbon-cutting, speeches @ 4:45 pm




Connie Norman Trans Empowerment Middle, 1001 N. Martel Avenue (cross road: Romaine), West Hollywood, 90046



  • Queen Victoria Ortega, Worldwide President of FLUX
  • Chela Demuir, CEO and President, Distinctive Girl’s Coalition (UWC)

    UWC companies, Meals Program, Clothes Closet and ambassadors’ program
  • Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Basis

    The Connie Norman Bear and Promise and maintain the promise with me

    FLUX arms out bears
  • Hon. Ron Galperin Comptroller, Metropolis of Los Angles
  • Hon. Lauren Meister, Mayor Metropolis of West Hollywood (with Metropolis proclamation)
  • Patricia Bermudez, Senior Regional Director, AHF

    • Acknowledgment of Jefferey King, Founder and CEO, Within the Meantime Mens’ Group
  • Laith Ashley, Trans male mannequin, activist and actor (FX Pose)
  • Isis King, Mannequin, Activist Actress (America’s subsequent high Mannequin) – Visibility
  • Carmen Carrera, Mannequin Activist – Well being and Wellness

B-Roll: Excursions of the power—parts of that are nonetheless being transformed—shall be supplied, and occasion attendees may also be given replicas of Connie Norman’s beloved childhood teddy bear

AIDS Healthcare Basis (AHF), FLUX, an AHF affinity group devoted to creating secure areas for Trans and gender non-conforming people by advocacy and outreach, and Distinctive Girl’s Coalition (UWC), a collective voice centering on the narratives and desires of Black Trans tradition and a gaggle dedicated to fostering the following era of black Trans management, are teaming collectively on this revolutionary middle with the intention of making a long run house for Trans-led organizations and neighborhood.

“Named after a Diva like Connie Norman, supported by an establishment like AHF and lead by two revered Trans orgs just like the UWC and FLUX—that is historic! A complete constructing the place trans persons are on the helm, making selections and innovating,” stated Queen Victoria Ortega, Founder and Worldwide President of FLUX. “We’re dedicated to creating positive our neighborhood has a voice. Now, we’ve got this unimaginable constructing as a house for these voices. I imagine that nice issues are going to occur right here, actually nice issues!”

“Distinctive Girl’s Coalition is worked up to embark on this unimaginable new partnership. This facility brings us one step nearer to attaining fairness for Trans and Non-Binary communities right here in Southern California and my hope is that it might additionally function a mannequin for such Trans service amenities throughout the nation,” stated Chela Demuir, Pioneer, Founder and Govt Director of Distinctive Girl’s Coalition and Worldwide Vice President of FLUX.

Connie Norman, the self-appointed “AIDS Diva,” was a fearless ‘transsexual’ AIDS activist to date forward of her time that her lifetime expertise and tireless activism preceded widespread use of the time period Transgender. A member of Act Up Los Angeles and passionate advocate for the creation of AHF’s first AIDS care facility, the Chris Brownlie Hospice, the place she handed away from AIDS after admitting herself, she advised the LA Weekly on the time in 1996, in a last act of “self-loving to myself.”

Director Dante Allencastre was so captivated by Norman’s trailblazing story that he researched, produced and directed “AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman,” a brand new documentary that not too long ago screened on the Administrators Guild as a part of OUTFEST. All through the movie, Norman’s activism, passions and larger-than-life character—in addition to her humanity—come by in outstanding archival footage and compelling interviews with many who knew and beloved her. In a single clip, Norman remarks: “I typically inform those that I’m an ex-drag queen, ex-hooker, ex-IV drug consumer, ex-high-risk youth, and present postoperative transsexual girl who’s HIV constructive” and easily “a human being in search of my humanity.”

“When Connie Norman was dwelling her last days at AHF’s Chris Brownlie Hospice, she bequeathed her childhood teddy bear to me, asking that I please assist take care of her Trans sisters and brothers she was abandoning. I can consider no higher strategy to honor that request than with this Connie Norman Trans Empowerment Middle that we dedicate at the moment,” stated Michael Weinstein, president of AHF and a very good good friend of Norman’s.

Norman’s teddy bear may also now take up residence on the new facility in a commemorative plexiglass show case. As well as, September 10th 2021 may also be often called Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Day by way of proclamation by the Metropolis of West of West Hollywood.

The ability may also be house to a meals financial institution opening onsite Monday, September 13th (12 noon- 2:00 pm). A ‘Clothes Closet’ to help Trans and different people may also open onsite sooner or later and an AHF Healthcare Middle serving the wants of Trans and nonbinary sufferers is ready to open in 2022.

A previous, star-studded gala kickoff reception for the Connie Norman Trans Empowerment Middle was held at Nobu in West Hollywood on Monday, August 23rd (to view pictures from Nobu occasion, click on right here).

Name to Motion: Donate to the trans organizations housed on the Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Middle to make sure their success. Web site:

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