Our project started with an arts-based health promotion campaign, #TMHealthLA. We created a photography exhibit featuring portraits by and of Transmasculine people set in iconic and neighborhood settings across Los Angeles. The show opened at the downtown public library in Los Angeles and has since traveled to multiple venues across the county. Some of the images are on this site.
In 2017, we started a participatory action research partnership with the University of California Los Angeles Department of Social Welfare and the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator’s Office. Our first online survey, the Transmasculine Sexual Health & Reproductive Justice – LA, had over 300 participants. The survey investigated access to health care, sex and relationships, and sexual and reproductive health needs and concerns.
We have since presented our work at LA City Hall, in several community events, and at local and regional conferences. We have shared our research findings with health workers, policymakers, funders, and researchers.
In 2019, we formed the Transmasculine Health Justice LA (TMHL:LA) initiative and convened advisors to identify policy advocacy goals and future research priorities. We are currently working to break social isolation and address critical health and social resource needs during COVID-19.
In January 2021, we will launch a report from our initiative and convene stakeholders to talk about change agendas.
To learn more or get involved, contact our team.