Discussion: City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speaker Series with Judy Grahn in conversation with Anya De Marie

The City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers series presents Judy Grahn in conversation. Grahn is the author of 13 books and holds over 20 awards for her writing. Event is co-sponsored by WeHo Reads, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program, Mazer Lesbian Archives, and Red Hen Press. Free admission and free validated parking! Event will be held inside the Library.

Venue: West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Genre: LGBTQ+, Poetry

Author’s Forum at San Gabriel Valley Pride

Local LGBT authors, including award nominees, will read and discuss their recently published works.


This Year’s Authors:

  • Lee Wind – 1:00 pm
  • Cody Sisco – 2:00 pm
  • CB Lee – 3:00 pm

Venue: Pasadena Central Park

Lambda LitFest Panel Discussion: The Werkroom: Lambda LitFest presents Queer Writing Teachers from UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program

Young queer writers yearn for queer teachers for a variety of reasons: to be seen and acknowledged, to find role models, to work in spaces that include their voices. On this panel, queer writing teachers from UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program will read excerpts from their recent work, and then discuss how queerness factors into their teaching of both straight and queer students.

Featuring: Charles Jensen, Antonia Crane, Mathew Rodriguez, Noel Alumit, and Seth Fischer

Genre: LGBTQ+

Lambda LitFest Reading: Trans-Latinas Filling the Literary Void

Trans-Latinas from Los Angeles will share the literary work they created during their participation in the “Our Bodies, Our Souls (hereinafter referred to as OBOS),” . OBOS was a literary project which consisted of 8 (2 hours each) guided creative writing workshops where participants engaged in writing exercises and discussions to unpack their pasts and examine the ways in which they’ve been defined and identified by their reactions to powerful structures (racism, sexism, transphobia etc.). By unlocking their past and speaking of what they once had to bury in silence, the workshop participants became the “subject” of their own research and in the process of reinterpreting their past they gained control and being empowered in the present. This would be a Spanish event, something I noticed was not as prominently featured last year. But we will be able to provide translation using the magic of a TV screen and PowerPoint which will cast the work on the authors’ in English as they are reading in Spanish.

Venue: Trans Wellness Center

Featuring: Patricia Aguilar, Sandra Esqueda, Nikita O. Ferrer, Miranda Garcia, Anhel Jacobo, and Mariana Marroquin

Genre: LGBTQ+

Lambda LitFest Reading: Awakenings: Weaving Our Stories Through the Threads of Time

“Awakenings” weaves together and integrates stories of various people’s lives and events which have contributed to LGBTQ social and spiritual awakenings, featuring a special performance by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Venue: Founders MCC Church

Featuring: James Brandon, Lynn “Faerie Argyle Rainbow” Segerblom, and Trans Chorus of Los Angeles

Genre: LGBTQ+

Lambda LitFest Performance: Hear Me Out

“Hear Me Out” is the LA LGBT Center’s exciting new live storytelling competition, kicking off on four successive Thursday nights at the Village and culminating with the final competition on October 11, National Coming Out Day. Contestants from the Center’s vibrant Senior Services program will tell original five-minute stories before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. Finalists will compete for cash prizes. The competition will be featured on KPFK Radio. Our topic during Litfest will be FAMILY. Thursday, October 4, Come cheer your favorites! on

Venue: Los Angeles LGBT Center The Village at Ed Gould Plaza Davidson/Valentini Theatre 1 125 N McCadden Place, L.A. 90038

Featuring: Steve Pride and Anne Stockwell

Genre: LGBTQ+