Ribbon-cutting for New Transgender Middle in Los Angeles At present

The Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Middle, a facility of, by and for Trans and Non-Binary people, will formally open in Los Angeles

Ribbon-cutting, Reception and Excursions: Friday, September 10, 2021, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

LOS ANGELES, September 10, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Middle—believed to be the primary facility of its type nationwide serving Trans and Non-Binary people and communities of, by and for Trans and nonbinary people—will open in Los Angeles, CA (1001 N. Martel Ave., 90046) –TODAY– 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 about to happen at 4:45 pm.

The power is known as and being devoted in honor of Connie Norman, referred to as 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 Lady’s Coalition (UWC). The middle will give attention to constructing capability, advocacy and total well being and wellness of the Transgender and Non-Binary communities. Constructed and initially operated by AHF within the Nineties as Linn Home, a hospice for individuals dying from AIDS, this 20,000 square-foot constructing is now repurposed to perform as a kind of ‘WeWork’ house for Trans-led organizations to have a spot to do their work, develop and be affirmed.

WHAT:

Ribbon-cutting and Dedication of the Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Middle

WHEN:

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

WHERE:

Connie Norman Trans Empowerment Middle, 1001 N. Martel St. (cross avenue: Romaine), Los Angeles, 90046

WHO:

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

AIDS Healthcare Basis (AHF), FLUX, an AHF affinity group devoted to creating protected areas for Trans and gender non-conforming people via advocacy and outreach, and Distinctive Lady’s Coalition (UWC), a collective voice centering on the narratives and desires of Black Trans tradition and a gaggle dedicated to fostering the subsequent technology of black Trans management, are teaming collectively on this progressive heart with the intention of making a long run dwelling for Trans-led organizations and group.

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

“Distinctive Lady’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,” mentioned Chela Demuir, Pioneer, Founder and Government Director of Distinctive Lady’s Coalition and Worldwide Vice President of FLUX.

Connie Norman, the self-appointed “AIDS Diva,” was a fearless ‘transsexual’ AIDS activist up to now 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 instructed the LA Weekly on the time in 1996, in a closing 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 just lately 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 via 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 optimistic” and easily “a human being in search of my humanity.”

“When Connie Norman was dwelling her closing 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 method to honor that request than with this Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Middle that we dedicate in the present day,” mentioned Michael Weinstein, president of AHF and a very good buddy of Norman’s.

Norman’s teddy bear will even now take up residence on the new facility in a commemorative plexiglass show case. As well as, September 10th 2021 will even be referred to as Connie Norman Transgender Empowerment Day through proclamation by the Metropolis of West Hollywood.

The power will even be dwelling to a meals financial institution opening onsite Monday, September 13th (12 noon- 2:00 pm). A ‘Clothes Closet’ to help Trans and different people will even open onsite sooner or later and an AHF Healthcare Middle serving the wants of Trans and nonbinary sufferers is about 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 photographs 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: www.FLUXidentity.org

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Contacts

Queen Victoria
Tel: (323) 899-2612 E mail: [email protected]

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