IF LAB: TRANSGENDER Brings Forum For Community Discussion

Jan. 22, 2015 / By

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On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Leadership Long Beach will present IF LAB: TRANSGENDER, an interactive forum that includes community discussion and a moderated panel. Following the panel there will be live music. The Aquarium of the Pacific will host the free event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In partnership with The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, IF LAB: TRANSGENDER, will explore transgender space in Long Beach through open and honest dialogue. “I am thrilled that Leadership Long Beach alumni have placed the transgender community front and center for their first standalone IF LAB,” states Porter Gilberg, panel moderator and executive director for The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. “Transgender and gender non-conforming people continue to face tremendous risk simply stepping outside their doors every day. This forum is one step in the right direction towards creating stronger, safer, and more affirming communities for everyone.”

The featured panel is comprised of diverse experts in the community: Bamby Salcedo is a nationally recognized Latina transgender activist; Alexandra Billings is a groundbreaking actress known for her role on Amazon’s Original Series Transparent; Pat Manuel is a boxer and founder of Buff Butch. The audience will be encouraged to actively participate in the discussion. Following the panel, singer/songwriter Joe Stevens will give a live performance.

The event is free, however interested community members will need to obtain a ticket from http://iflabtransgender.eventbrite.com. The community is encouraged to obtain tickets right away to guarantee admission.

IF LAB: TRANSGENDER is a first of its kind for Long Beach. The event connects local experts in the topic to community members who want to learn more. The IF LAB series stems from Idea Fest Long Beach, an annual festival that activates the community through Inspiration, Discussions, Education and Arts. Idea Fest 2015 will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Orizaba Park and the immediate surrounding area. For updates visit facebook.com/IdeaFestLongBeach.


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