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:
Candis Cayne and Curly Velasquez
DJ Lady Miss Kier
The Prancing Elites
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Our Lady J
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell
TransNation Festival Honoree:
Miss Major Griffen-Gracy
Special Award Presenter:
Cecilio Asuncion of Slay Models
Nicole Murray Ramirez
iO Tillet Wright
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
James W. Gilliam
Chief Beatrice Girmala
Laura Jane Grace
Justin Vivian Bond
Lieutenant Don Mueller
Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy
Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Ashlee Marie Preston