January 20, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Celebrate Transgiving with Your Chosen Los Angeles Family

Nearly two decades ago, many transgender and queer folk in the local LGBTQ+ community had nowhere to turn for the holidays. And then the Unique Woman’s Coalition (UWC) stepped in to fill the gap in community connection.

Almost 20 years later, the UWC is welcoming the 18th anniversary of Transgiving Celebration on Wednesday, November 21 at the L.A. Celebrations Banquet Hall in Los Angeles.

The Pride L.A. spoke with UWC Founder/President Chela Demuir-Cartier as well as frequent attendee and volunteer LaDonnte Covington.

Chela Demuir-Cartier, UWC Founder and President

The Pride L.A.: What was going on when when you guys started Transgiving?

Chela: When we started TransGiving, there was nothing like it all happening. No community entity had a dinner for our community. In fact most organizations who outreached to our community regularly were closed during the holidays. TransGiving was created as an action response to a need. 

What is the need for Transgiving celebrations? Especially with the current climate?

The need for this events hits on different layers, often our community may be estranged from our families and may not have much of a social network, we aim to create that environment. Community is embraced with positive and uplifting energy 

What can guests expect at this year’s celebration?

Guest will be treated like Royals, they will be served a full course Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, be able to sit down and enjoy one another. 

What kind of folk attend the event? Families, friends, single individuals, etc.

We’re usually a mixture of community members, loved one’s and allies. This year we being intentional for our dinner portion and having it exclusive to people who identify as Transgender and Gender Non Conforming.  We will have a party portion that will follow the dinner and that space will be open to everyone. We definitely have had families including young kids join us, the space is great for all ages. 

Is the purpose all fun, vs. educational, fundraising, etc?

It’s purpose is to build and amplify community, create unity and camaraderie   

What is the impact/importance of “friendsgiving” or celebrating with those that are not biologically related to you in the LGBTQ+ community?

We’re a community that historically doesn’t get much support, rather it be from our born family or the world around us. Most of the time when we find some support it’s through community and from people who may have many of the same reoccurring themes within their individual journeys and they become instrumental in helping us deal with elements of our lives, these people become our chosen families. 

 

LaDonnte Covington, Attendee and volunteer

The Pride L.A.: How many years have you attended Transgiving?
LaDonnte: About 16 year’s or from the beginning 

What is something you’ve noticed consistently about the event over the years?It’s always  bigger and better than before. 

What is something that is always different?

The wonderful people that attend. 

What is your favorite part of the celebration?

Seeing us all together  enjoying ourselves as one family. 

What is one thing you’d tell a sad/scared/lonely trans person during the holiday season?

I would welcome them to please join our family of love.

 

For more information on UWC or Transgiving, CLICK HERE. 

Related Posts

Last Month’s West Hollywood Property Listings

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Thinking of buying a house in West Hollywood? With a population under 40,000 and an area of just under 2...

New CA Bill to End the Epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis C and Other STDs in LGBTQ+ Community

January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) recently introduced a bill that would require state agencies to create and enforce a master...

WeHo Dodgeball at the Sin City Classic LGBTQ+ Sports Festival

January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Hosted annually by The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA), Sin City Classic brings together the United State’s finest athletes for a...

LONG BEACH PRIDE Unveils New Logo, Drops “Lesbian & Gay” From Name

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020

Formerly known as  the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, the new and improved Long Beach Pride – the organization...

VIDEO: Grand Opening of Los Angeles LGBT Center’s New Campus in South LA

January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020

‘Center South’ will provide HIV testing; access to PrEP and PEP services; housing case management; mental health services; a computer lab; and...

Sin City Classic Sports Festival has Los Angeles Roots

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020

For those who cannot wait every two years for an iteration of the Olympics, or every four years for Gay...

LA’s Only Known Trans Nightlife Event Just Got A Little More Fierce

January 13, 2020

January 13, 2020

Heavenly Bodies is Los Angeles’ only known monthly transgender nightlife event featuring live performances hosted by trans model and activist, Sasha Colby.  Proceeds...

Craigslist Man Extorts Angelinos, Santa Monicans with Gay Sex, Pleads Guilty

January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020

Tyler Buchanan faces 10 years in federal prison By Sam Catanzaro A man has pleaded guilty to using Craigslist, among...

Honoring Timothy Dean One Year Later

January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

An intimate gathering was held Tuesday, Jan. 7 at West Hollywood Park to honor the 1-year anniversary of 55-year-old fashion...

LGBTQ+ Ally Taylor Swift to Receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

GLAAD announced Tuesday, Jan. 7 that Taylor Swift with receive the Vanguard Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. ...

Three CA Bills for the LGBTQ+ Community to Keep An Eye On

January 6, 2020

January 6, 2020

Three key pieces of California legislation that were tabled last year for various reasons will see the floor in 2020. ...

LGBT Icon, Talkshow Host Ellen DeGeneres Wins Award at 77th Annual Golden Globes

January 5, 2020

January 5, 2020

The 77th annual Golden Globes is looking a little bit more LGBTQ-inclusive, and talkshow host and LGBTQ+ icon Ellen DeGeneres’...

City of WeHo to Host Clothing Drive for LGBTQ Youth

January 4, 2020

January 4, 2020

The City of West Hollywood will host its eighth annual clothing drive for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Services...

PLAY PREVIEW: A Queer Tribute to Frida Kahlo

January 3, 2020

January 3, 2020

Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 and died July 13, 1954. Her death certificate alleges cause of death as “pulmonary...

2020 Golden Globes Nominations Gayer Than Ever

January 2, 2020

January 2, 2020

Awards season is just around the corner, and the LGBTQ+ representation is bigger and better than ever before. The 77th...