Why TransNation Festival?

During this moment in time heralded as the transgender tipping point, discussion of the trans experience and transgender rights is entering mainstream discourse more than ever.  Despite the surge in media attention and growing acceptance of transgender identities, systemic and societal barriers remain, such as lack of access to health insurance, stigma, and lack of sensitivity and cultural competency, which contribute to persistent, unmet health needs for transgender individuals.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming communities, particularly transgender people of color and those of low socioeconomic status, continue to experience barriers to accessing healthcare and a disproportionate burden of preventable disease and premature death.

TransNation Festival endeavors to uplift, educate, and galvanize the transgender community and general public and raise funds for this underserved population. Proceeds from the TransNation Festival benefits the non-profit St. John’s Well Child and Family Center’s  Transgender Health Program, which provides comprehensive transgender health services in a safe and welcoming environment to people in Los Angeles, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation or presentation.   

The inaugural TransNation Festival was held October 20th-23rd, 2016 with:

  • A three-day film festival guest-curated by Zackary Drucker (Co-Producer, Transparent) at The Cinefamily, West Hollywood, showcasing the best in new, repertory and underseen gems of trans-related cinema with special guests and filmmakers in attendance and awards honoring two trans pioneers and advocates, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Tiq Milan .
  • The 15th annual Queen USA national trans beauty pageant at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel on October 22, 2016. Queen USA featured:

National contestants

Candis Cayne and Curly Velasquez

Musical Talent:
DJ Lady Miss Kier
The Prancing Elites
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Our Lady J
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell

TransNation Festival Honoree:
Jill Soloway
Tiq Milan
Miss Major Griffen-Gracy

Special Award Presenter:
Cecilio Asuncion of Slay Models


Caitlyn Jenner
Kelly Osbourne
Geena Rocero
Angelica Ross
Betty Cantrell
Nicole Murray Ramirez
Michaela Mendelsohn
Alexandra Billings
iO Tillet Wright
Gia Coppola
Nikki Calabrese
David Clark
Flawless Sabrina
Bamby Salcedo
Ashley O’Dell
All proceeds from TransNation Festival will benefit The Transgender Health Program of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and The Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood’s Nicole Murray Ramirez Scholarship Fund

TransNation Festival Supporters

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center is honored and grateful to include the following advocates as supporters of TransNation Festival and its causes:

TransNation Festival Circle of Friends

Kelly Osbourne
Zackary Drucker
James W. Gilliam
Chief Beatrice Girmala
John Heilman
Lindsey Horvath
Laura Jane Grace
Ashly Perez
Kathryn Hahn
Rocco Kayiatos
Jill Soloway
Justin Vivian Bond

Abbe Land
Zoey Luna
Eddie Martinez
Lieutenant Don Mueller
Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy
Jodie Sweeten
Curly Velasquez
Janet Mock
Io Tillet
Kate Beckinsale
Leigh Hagood

Victor Martinez

Caitlyn Jenner
Roland Palencia
Jeffrey Prang
Geena Rocero
Angelica Ross
Bamby Salcedo
Ian Harvie
Alexandra Billings
Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Ashlee Marie Preston
Alexandra Grey