Gender Justice LA

History

Gender Justice LA works with the gender non-conforming, nonbinary, transgender, and two spirit community. The organization is led by and works to empower these communities, mainly people of color, including black, brown, indigenous, Asian and API folks and is also intergenerational. They work towards gender, racial, and economic justice fighting against major issues like physical violence, the lack of jobs based on discrimination, and transphobia. 

 

The organization was first founded by Mason Davis and Nick Adam in 2002 and was then called the FTM Alliance. The organization focused on trans men or trans masculine people based on the lack of resources at that time. As that changed, the organization expanded to include others like transwomen, non-binary, and two spirit people and became Gender Justice LA.

Community

Ezak Perez, the Executive Director, has been with the organization over 7 years and served in different positions including participating as a part of the youth leadership program, which helped them understand the link between fighting for their own life and the life of their community. Leadership development has been a key part of their work, serving as an incubator for trans people to come together to talk about healing and wellness, understand the political to develop their voices, and build a leaderful community. As a small organization they collaborate with other organizations like TransLatina Coalition including with their current leadership program Seeds of Liberación or SOL.

 

They also see the important role that art can play in social change. They incorporate Theatre of the Oppressed activities into many of their workshops, often work with artists, and incorporate art into their rallies and other events. They recently participated in a large art installation on Hollywood Blvd organized by Freewaves called LOVE &/OR FEAR: A Celebration of Genders in partnership with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions which featured dance, performance art, public installations, visual art, and zines.

  • Social Service
  • Health
  • Education

Media

We use art as a tool to create social change. We use Theatre of the Oppressed using theatre to express ourselves and bring about issues affecting the community. We do embodiment. Games. We make sure our community is laughing and having joy along the way - Ezak Perez, Executive Director

Explore more Cultural Treasures

  • In food/ person
    Amalia’s Restaurant
  • In music/ person
    Arzeen Mohammad Kamal
  • In dance/ person
    Ballet Folklorico Ollin and Francisco Verdín
  • In group
    BIBAK Los Angeles
  • In dance/ event/ place
    Cane Carevski and SoCal Folk Fest
  • In food
    Carousel Restaurant
  • In Organization/ person
    Centro Cultural Techantit
  • In place
    Charles White Gallery
  • In group
    Chervona Kalyna
  • In event/ Organization
    COFECA and Central American Independence Parade and Festival
  • In place
    Dokya Bookstore
  • In place
    El Salvador Corridor
  • In person
    Elson Trinidad
  • In person/ place
    Faroh
  • In Organization
    Gender Justice LA
  • In person
    Gino Gamboa
  • In group/ place
    Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
  • In place
    Historic Filipinotown & “Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy” Mural At Unidad Park
  • In place
    Hollyhock House
  • In place
    Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Funeral Home
  • In Organization
    Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood
  • In event/ group
    Indigenous Pride LA
  • In person
    Jewel Thais-Williams
  • In person
    Jilly Canizares and Fil Am Arts
  • In person
    June Lee – Sejong Korean Music Studio
  • In dance/ group
    Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.i.C.E.)
  • In food/ music/ place
    La Fonda & Mariachi Los Camperos
  • In music/ place
    Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
  • In place
    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
  • In event
    Los Angeles Korean Festival
  • In food/ person
    Mama’s Hot Tamales & Sandi “Mama” Romero
  • In group
    Mantra Siam
  • In Organization
    Mundo Maya Foundation
  • In Organization
    Peru Village LA
  • In group
    Regional Organization of Oaxaca (ORO)
  • In person/ place
    Saint Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church
  • In group
    Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
  • In event
    Sunday Jump
  • In event
    Thai New Years Festival
  • In Organization/ place
    The Children’s Institute, Inc.
  • In Organization
    TransLatin@ Coalition
  • In place
    Tropico de Nopal
  • In group
    Ukrainian Arts Center
  • In place
    We Are Still Here Mural
  • In group/ person
    YESSS & Daniel Morales