I am wrapping up my work at ACLU SoCal as an LGBTQ Community Engagement and Policy Advocate. I learned a lot in that role and got to do amazing work with the LGBTQ Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at ACLU SoCal. I am proud that I got to work on a bill to decriminalize HIV in California, built power with a coalition of sex workers, steered and supported LGBTQ coalitions across the state, mobilized people for marches, led community engagement at Prides throughout SoCal, and led educational trainings on LGBTQ student rights, minor consent, and reproductive health access. If you know anyone who is interested in filling my heels, check out the job announcementhereand feel free to reach out with questions about the job.
Are you looking for more about my work? I’ve had lots of amazing opportunities to work with grassroots organizations, statewide groups, and national networks to train leaders, community members, and organizations to further their work for justice. Here are a few writing samples of my work in that I got to build alongside amazing organizers and advocates. Click the links to see the online copies and click the contact page if you want to learn more.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event honored internationally every year on November 20th to honor the lives lost to transphobic hate. Organizers and artists around the world have mobilized to change the narrative of TDOR and turn it into a day of resistance and celebrating trans lives and resilience. Strong Families released a beautiful set of posters and poetry to honor transgender, non binary, and gender non conforming people and organizations leading the fight for justice- check it out here.
I was honored to be a part of the opening ceremony in West Hollywood this year where we honored the land, the four directions, and welcomed our transcestors into the space. This year, I am grateful for all the organizers, organizations, allies, accomplices, and cultural workers making the world a better place for transgender, non binary, and gender non conforming folks. Want to join a local fight for transgender liberation? Feel free to reach my contact page to get connected to organizing in your area!
[Adrian Acencion hands incense to a comrade as they welcome attendees to the Transgender Day of Remembrance in West Hollywood, CA on 11/20/17. Photo by Tony Coelho]
[Image description: two spirit, non binary, and transgender people stand in a circle with their hands raised high and gaze facing upward as they do an opening ceremony at Transgender Day of Remembrance in West Hollywood, CA. Photo by Tony Coelho]
The Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) is convening providers, and advocates from across the state for the 2017 Providers Gathering. I’m honored to have been a part of the convening as a panelist and organizational representative with closing remarks. For more about how the conference went, check out the AHWG blog here. Thank you to all the advocates, health workers, educators, and community organizers working to change health outcomes for people of color and transform masculinity!
This year, I got invited to be a part of the Harvard LGBTQ Conference centralized on A Call to Action: Activism, Agency, and Alliances for a Changing World. I co-presented a workshop on nonviolent direct action and tactics with Kip Williams and Eb Brown. I also got to speak on the panel Community Leaders for Trans* Liberation. It was my first time in Boston and such an honor to build with local and national LGBTQ leaders. Thanks to the student groups at Harvard that put this conference together! More about the conference here.
[Image Description: A sign posted in front of a class room that has a schedule of events at the Harvard LGBTQ Conference]
[Image Description: A photo of trees, brick buildings, and a cloudy sky in Cambridge, Massachusetts ]
Interested in having me at your conference, please reach me on my contact page!
This month I got to co-host a workshop on Environmental Justice and Queer Trans Herstory at the Bay Area Youth for Climate Action (BAYCA) Climate Justice conference. I talked with bad ass organizer Vrinda Suresh about her organizing, check it out this link for the whole story!
I am living my dreams with no intention of stopping or waking up. What I have learned on this campaign so far is that politics are a game of shifting power and that power lies within people. Earlier this week, I was lucky to spend time with good people in San Diego who are pushing to get more services, safe spaces, housing, employment, and organizing power for transgender people in SoCal. I plan to be back in San Diego in the next few months to visit new friends and continue building, organizing, and preparing for our Transform CA launch in San Diego. If you want to be a part of the campaign or get connected to the amazing trans organizing happening in San Diego, please visit my contact page to schedule a meeting. Check out some photos that I took while we were in town:
Earlier this week, I got to be in Los Angeles for the campaign kick off the Transform California campaign put together by Transgender Law Center and Equality California. As a born and raised Californian, this campaign means so much to me because I have faced job discrimination, health care discrimination, and bias in academic institutions as a transgender person. A big part of why I left California was because of transgender discrimination and lack of legal protections in the workplace for people like me . I played take your mom to work day and it was a great day of healing and organizing for transgender rights with my mom. The Transform California campaign is committed to making the Golden State a place where trans folks can feel safe, and live happy, healthy lives free from discrimination. The campaign has built a strong coalition of over 30 organizations, learn more about the campaign below and follow my site for campaign updates!
[Image Description 1: Pat speaks before a crowd at Los Angeles city hall and transgender activists stand behind him on a sunny day] [Image Description 2: A pensive Carmen leans on a pole and looks at a mural with flags from Honduras, Mexico, U.S.A., and South Korea] [Image Description 3: A smiling Adrian looks down into a camera with their mom smiling in front of Los Angeles city hall]