2016 Reflections and 2017 Visions!

Thanks for all of the memories in 2016!

Join us for our first discussion of the year! Let’s do some intentional visioning for 2017!

6:00 – 6:30: Mix and mingle
Conversation will start at 6:30 🙂

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

Check out our website: toolboxtransla.wordpress.com

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Thursday, August 25th! Toolbox Discussion: Sex Toys with Buck Angel

sex toy toolboxHey peeps! Time for another discussion!

This week’s topic:
Sex Toys! Do you use them? What do you use? Which ones are your favorite?

Trans icon, Buck Angel, will be joining us and giving us the inside scoop on his new toy, designed specifically for transmen, Buck-Off

If you can’t make it to the discussion, you can google hangout with us toolboxtransla@gmail.com.

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

Cool Event: Summer Of Brown Boi – Los Angeles

Join Gender Justice LA and Brown Boi Project on the Summer of Brown Boi Series!

What has our culture taught us about femininity and masculinity?

How can we liberate ourselves from the limitations we experience around gender as people of color?

Join The Brown Boi Project for an interactive workshop where we will explore femininity and how masculine people can be in community and more supportive of Femmes and Women of Color.

We will discover how to heal from rigid understandings of gender and build a world where gender justice is accessible to all.

This is an interactive event, that requires some audience participation. If you are interested in learning more about how to be a participant, and identify as a Femme of Color, please contact Zami at zami@brownboiproject.org

*This is a POC only space, and a femme centered one.

**food will be provided for attendees

***Accessibility information: Stairs- There are no stairs to get into the building. There is an elevator to get to the third floor where the event is located.

Bathroom access- There are 3 bathrooms: single stall gender nuetral, multistall womens, and multistall mens.

To respect our people and community with multiple chemical/scent sensitivities (MCS), we request that people come scent free (not using scented products) OR, as much as possible. Please try to have/wear very low scent on. You are supporting others who may suffer form seizures, asthma attacks, migraines, and multiple other nervous and respiratory health emergencies. To review scent free prodcuts accesibility check out:http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.

Parking: Street parking is available

If you have any questions, please contract GJLA’s Director of Leadership Development, Ezak at ezak@gjla.org.

APAIT’s Trans/GNC/Intersex Movement Space, August 4, 2016

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The HEART Program‘s holistic trans/gnc/intersex movement space led by Jazzmun Crayton, with drumming by Destin Cortez and Jaden Fields.

This is a holistic healing and movement space that honors all bodies and abilities. We incorporate yoga, tai chi, meditation, and african-based movements combined with live drumming. Our mission is create and foster a safe space for freedom of expression; to be in touch with one’s body without policing it. We hope you can join us! 🙂

Accessibility Info –
No stairs. 3 different restrooms to choose from (gender neutral (single stall), women, men).

Contact Jaden Fields if you have questions: toolboxtransla@gmail.com, jadenf@apaitonline.org

SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP LOS ANGELES ***Self defense for trans* & GNC individuals!***

From Shaan Dasani, member of Toolbox:

Hey all, my friend Kevin and I would like to create a safe space that centers trans* and GNC folks to come learn some basic self defense techniques. I’m a transman who’s been interested in learning self defense in a safe environment. Kevin started his martial arts training at the age of 5, and currently teaches children and adults. He also works as a stunt coordinator and fight choreographer for the movies. This is the first time we’re facilitating this event, but we’d like to host more workshops going forward. Please join us this Saturday in Culver City – details below! For safety reasons, exact location will be provided once you inbox me and we receive your RSVP confirmation, thank you!

Saturday, August 6th, 11:30 a.m. (Approx 1 – 1.5 hours)

LOCATION: Culver City Area (email for details)

SLIDING SCALE FEE: $10 – $20 (please bring cash)

Please bring water to stay hydrated, comfortable clothes, a towel if you like and anything else you need to be comfortable. Any questions, feel free to inbox me.

**Please be mindful that this is a substance free space.

 

Toolbox Sex Talk: Name and Reclaim Your Junk Workshop! Saturday, July 30th

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Hey peeps! It’s time for another sex talk!

Destin and I have been having conversations around the kinds of violence that is inflicted upon vaginas. That, plus dysphoria, can make it difficult to connect to our bodies, and more specifically our genitals. The challenges (and trauma) of being a masculine person with a vagina (or whatever you call yours) can make it extremely difficult to be present during sex. So let’s name and reclaim!

Instead of just a discussion, we had a workshop idea. Let’s name our junk. Let’s draw our junk in its natural habitat (get creative!). And let’s write a love letter to our junk. Let’s be gentle with this part of our bodies. ♥

Reminder: Toolbox is a closed space for folks who were assigned female at birth and identify as transmasculine.

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

If you have any questions or concerns, email toolboxtransla@gmail.com
toolboxtransla.wordpress.com

Toolbox Discussion: Thursday, July 28th

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Hey peeps! Time for another discussion!

This week’s topic:
Last time we talk about some of things we had to let go of in order to move toward becoming our authentic selves. Writing exercise: what are things that you are learning about yourself as you become more you? Introduce yourself to the evolving you!

If you can’t make it to the discussion, you can google hangout with us toolboxtransla@gmail.com.

Accessibility Information
-15 minute walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station (Red and Purple Lines)
-Buslines include DASH Pico/Echo Park and Metro 28
-Ample metered parking and some free parking in surrounding neighborhood and garage is accessible as well
-Wheelchair accessible
-Elevator available
-Restrooms: Women’s, Men’s and Single Stall Gender Neutral
-Ample seating and standing room
-Scent free soap will be available and we ask that your bodies come scent free
-Windows cannot be opened, venue has climate controlled ventilation system, air filtration unknown
-Public address system used by all guests and hosts

APAIT’s Trans/GNC/Intersex Movement Space

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The HEART Program’s holistic trans/gnc/intersex movement space led by Jazzmun Crayton, with drumming by Destin Cortez and Jaden Fields.

This is a holistic healing and movement space that honors all bodies and abilities. We incorporate yoga, tai chi, meditation, and african-based movements combined with live drumming. Our mission is create and foster a safe space for freedom of expression; to be in touch with one’s body without policing it. We hope you can join us! 🙂

Accessibility Info –
No stairs. 3 different restrooms to choose from (gender neutral (single stall), women, men).

 

Contact Jaden Fields if you have questions: toolboxtransla@gmail.com, jadenf@apaitonline.org

TransQueerLA Beach Day

Queer and Trans Beach Takeover!
 
The bois of Toolbox Trans LA: A Transmasculine Social Support Space got to talking about Pride and we thought, “How fucking awesome would it be to queer the fuck out of the beach and whatnot!”
 
Sometimes Pride just isn’t what we want. So let’s create an intentional space for trans, gender nonconforming, two-spirit, and intersex folks. While allies, loved ones, and lovers are welcome, we really want to center these folks. Let’s kiki! Let’s swim! Let’s share stories. Let’s revel in our joy!
 
Potluck style! BYOstuff. Let’s coordinate carpools! Maybe comment with what you’ll bring!
 
Let’s do this!
If you can offer a ride to folks, sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ebjsIZn0k8JJu_iTgCwl8HRRmjIc-YYMwrLedFeIjMI/edit#gid=0
If you have more questions: contact toolboxtransla@gmail.com