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Second Annual TransNation Film Festival and Gala Benefits St. John's Trans Health Program

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017
Second Annual TransNation Film Festival and Gala Benefits St. John's Trans Health Program

St. John's Well Child and Family Center, creator of the Trans Health Program, one of the largest transgender health programs in the country, is announcing the second annual TransNation Festival. This week-long event in honor of transgender artistic and cultural achievements includes a film festival running October 13-15 at The Cinefamily in West Hollywood and Eleganza, a celebratory affair on Saturday, October 21 at the Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles.

The second annual TransNation Film Festival is a three-day event guest-hosted by Zackary Drucker. Drucker is the Emmy-nominated producer for the docu-series "This Is Me," co-producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning "Transparent," and cast member on the E! docu-series "I Am Cait", featuring an eclectic program of works by emerging and established filmmakers and rare and underseen repertory gems and classics that reflect the trans experience.

Noted filmmakers, actors, and special guests will present works, along with special tributes, receptions, and industry panels at West Hollywood's cutting-edge independent theater The Cinefamily.

Eleganza, a celebratory affair honoring the trans community through music, fashion, and entertainment will close the TransNation Festival on Saturday, October 21 at the Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. Last year's event was hosted by Candis Cayne and attended by Caitlyn Jenner and Kelly Osbourne.

The night will kick off with a VIP reception and red carpet greeting for celebrity guests and presenters, as well as trailblazers in the trans community. The party will include performances and entertainment throughout the evening, including a set by a notable DJ.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. John's Well Child and Family Center's Transgender Health Program, which is an independent 501(c)3 community health center that serves one of the largest populations of transgender patients in the country with primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as support for the community's unique socio-economic, legal, and advocacy needs.


Special Guest Presenter Laverne Cox will be presenting the Marsha P. Johnson Trailblazer Award to activist Jazzmun Crayton  (Source:Facebook)

ELEGANZA, the official closing gala, will honor the trans community through music, fashion, and entertainment on Saturday, October 21 at the Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles.

ELEGANZA will honor trailblazers in the trans community, including Jazzmun Crayton, an actor and advocate for the trans community for more than 30 years who will be the recipient of the "Marsha P. Johnson Trailblazer Award."

Performers at the event include the evening's emcees, Candis Cayne and Laith Ashley, DJ JD Samson, along with Peppermint, Shea Diamond, and Gia Banks.

ELEGANZA will begin with a VIP red carpet 7-8 p.m., followed by performances, a brief awards ceremony, music, and dancing from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

The festival is also pleased to announce its Circle of Friends host committee, which includes advocates and allies who have pledged their support for the festival and the work of St. John's including Sia, Alyssa Milano, Alan Cumming, Kelly Osbourne, Justin Vivian Bond, Tiq Milan, Eddie Martinez, Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, and Laura Jane Grace.

Proceeds from the festival, including ELEGANZA, will benefit St. John's Well Child and Family Center's Transgender Health Program, which is an independent 501(c)3 community health center that serves one of the largest populations of transgender patients in the country with primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as support for the community's unique socioeconomic, legal, and advocacy needs.

ELEGANZA is the culminating event of the TransNation Festival, a week-long celebration of the trans community. The festival will begin on October 13 with a film festival that runs through October 15 at the historic Silent Movie Theatre in West Hollywood. The film festival lineup will be announced next week.

The TransNation Festival will also highlight programs that St. John's Trans Health Program (THP) runs continuously throughout the year at its various clinics in Los Angeles.


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These include:

  • Monday, October 16 from 7-9 p.m. - Open House at the Warner Traynham Clinic (326 W. 23rd Street, Los Angeles), showcasing the clinic's facilities, providers, services, and programs.

  • Tuesday, October 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Monthly free name and gender marker change clinic at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Chronic Disease and Environmental Health Center (808 W. 58th St. Los Angeles), where attendees receive guidance and information on how to complete and file the necessary paperwork to legally change their name and gender marker.

  • Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Clinic staff will welcome individuals at the Warner Traynham Clinic (326 W. 23rd Street, Los Angeles) for informational sessions about the THP "Seeking Safety" program. "Seeking Safety" is a program designed provide healthy coping skills to manage the effects of trauma, substance use, and HIV/STI risk behaviors in a group support environment.

  • Thursday, October 19 - National #SpiritDay; all are encouraged to wear purple to show solidarity with LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying.

  • Friday, October 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Monthly Community Night at the Warner Traynham Clinic (326 W. 23rd Street, Los Angeles). This drop-in program is free and will include refreshments and entertainment.


    For information or tickets, visit www.transnationfestival.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/TransNationFestival


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