The City of West Hollywood has partnered with the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women to host The Trans Diaries 2023. There will be two performances–one on Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, starting at 7:30pm, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. While attendance is open to the public and free of charge, an RSVP is necessary. To secure a spot, please visit transdiaries2023.eventbrite.com.
In 2023, the United States is witnessing its fourth consecutive year of record-breaking anti-trans legislation, with 583 bills in 49 states aimed at impeding access to basic healthcare, education, legal recognition, and the right to public existence for trans individuals. Additionally, there are 36 national anti-trans bills under consideration. This year has seen the tragic loss of 19 transgender lives in the United States.
The City of West Hollywood, with a dedication to amplifying transgender and intersex voices, particularly from the BIPOC community, is hosting upcoming performances that will feature the return of writers and performers Lindsey Deaton and Lee Te, who captivated audiences during the sold-out 2022 run. Joining them will be newcomers Seth Gomez, Theo Tiedemann, and Kyler O’Neal.
“Amidst the societal challenges of being transgender, our trans community confronts daily legislative discrimination and hate,” said Lindsey Deaton, Vice Chair of the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and the Creator and Artistic Director of The Trans Diaries. “Yet, despite these adversities, trans individuals experience daily gender euphoria and trans joy. As trans people, we have the privilege of witnessing, feeling, and sharing countless unique experiences. We are fortunate and extraordinary in many ways. We also recognize the importance of our chosen families and the allies who love, affirm, and celebrate us and our humanity. This year’s production explores our gratitude for our allies and their allyship, celebrates our trans joy, and showcases the uniqueness that makes trans individuals truly magical.”
The City of West Hollywood has been at the forefront of national efforts to safeguard the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ community, including transgender youth and adults. They have implemented innovative and compassionate policies to support and protect these individuals, including initiatives addressing homelessness among trans people, the establishment of gender-neutral public restrooms, and dedicated space for trans-led organizations.