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Comic Cure - TRANS*forming Your Pain into Comedy

Trans* Lounge

Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

Comic Cure - TRANS*forming Your Pain into Comedy

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As trans* individuals, many of us had to endure unspeakable pain and discrimination. It would be easy to let all of those horrible experiences define and dictate how we live our lives and move into our futures. But there is a way of processing all the difficult experiences we’ve had and come out laughing on the other side.This fun and empowering 6-part lab will help you to take those difficult experiences and through laughter take ownership of them and never let them harm you again. 

In this intensive 6-part lab you will explore the curing properties of laughter as you revisit your darkest and most tragic experiences and transform them into hilarious stand-up comedy routines that will share your story and connect with others. During each of the lab, you will learn about various comedy techniques and joke writing structure that will help you to turn your memories into great comedy. At the end of the six weekly sessions, you will have an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood!

The best comics are those who expose and share a part of themselves with the audience. This lab will allow you to share with the world the strength it takes to not only be trans*, but to take those tragic experiences you’ve been dealt and show that NOTHING can keep you from being happy and free.

Instructor: Adam Barnhardt

Lab Meeting Schedule: Saturday, July 8, 15, 29, August 12, 19 & 26

Please note that class will NOT meet on July 22 & August 5 due to events at the Village

Comedy Store Showcase: Sunday, August 27

Course Meeeting Times:  2 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

Enrollment closes at 5 pm on Friday, July 7

Please note that during construction of the Center's new facility, parking is no longer available at the Village. Parking will be reserved for students at the Youth Center on Highland (1220 Highland Ave., one block from the Village. See map below). Please allow extra time to park or choose public transportation or a ride share service such as Lyft. If you have questions regarding the parking situation, please contact Trans* Lounge Program Manager Gina Bigham at



Have questions about Comic Cure - TRANS*forming Your Pain into Comedy? Contact Trans* Lounge

When & Where

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl.
Los Angeles , CA 90038

Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Trans* Lounge

The Trans Lounge is a trailblazing new series of educational and empowerment workshops, labs, events and groups aimed at serving the needs of all transgender individuals in all aspects of their journey toward self-discovery and acceptance.

Trans Lounge programming will include: make-up classes, hairstyling classes, voice-feminization labs, coming out groups, trans-related legal workshops, personal growth and empowerment workshops, community building networking events, issue-driven discussion labs and other many other events, all of which are relevant to all aspects of the trans community.

How will the Trans Lounge work?
Unlike other education and empowerment themed programs, the Trans Lounge will depend upon its participants to determine and guide which programming is offered. To accomplish this, participants must first register as a member of the Trans Lounge by visiting our online hub at Becoming a member of the Trans Lounge is free to all trans-identified individuals who wish to join. 

Once registered, Trans Lounge member will have access to the Trans Lounge Members Only area within the Center’s website. That is where members will find descriptions and information about our library free workshops, labs groups and events. Once there, members are asked to review all of the various programs and rate them all based on their level of interest. Member’s interest rating options will range from: “Not Interested”, “Maybe/Maybe Not”, “Moderately Interested”, to “Very Interested – Sign Me Up.” Trans Lounge administrators will monitor all the member ratings and will use this data to determine which programs will be scheduled in order to meet the membership’s greatest needs and interests.

At this point, administrators will contact the instructors to schedule those programs that the membership has expressed the greatest interest in. Programming dates/times will be determined based on instructor’s availability as well as the member’s availability guidelines (which they are asked to provide as part of the registration process). Once a program has been scheduled, those members who expressed the highest level of interest will be given first priority to RSVP/enroll in the program. Once those members have had time to RSVP (72-hours), the entire membership will be informed about the program and all other members will be able to enroll until the program reaches its enrollment maximum.

All workshops and labs will be programmed in this manner, so to ensure strong attendance and maximum utilization of what each program has to offer for the membership. This also ensures that our instructors will enjoy presenting their programs for optimal sized audiences.

In addition, the Trans Lounge will also present on-going social and support groups and short-term, topic-driven salons. Groups and salons will include: coming out to self, coming out to the one’s we love, living with HIV-AIDS, embracing your femininity/masculinity, embracing faith, how to love and support the non-trans people we love and support, how T can build community with LGB people, etc.

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