Upcoming Events

Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chinese American Museum (Courtyard)

425 N. Los Angeles Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012

CELEBRATING THE ASIAN AMERICAN LGBTQ+ EXPERIENCE brings together Asian American artists, writers, and creative industry professionals in the LGBTQ+ community in historic downtown Los Angeles at the Chinese American Museum for Lambda Literary’s LitFest 2019 for an evening of community and celebrating art and creativity. CAM’s current exhibition, “Lightscapes: Reenvisioning the Shanshuihua,” reimagines the philosophies of Chinese landscape paintings with new media and immersive light-based installations. The masters of Chinese landscape art would often retreat to nature to examine the themes of harmony and balance in the cosmos, as well as find sanctuary in nature. For the LGBTQ+ community, finding balance and safety to express ourselves is one of the challenges of everyday life. Where do we go as a community to retreat and how do we find balance in our lives?

Lambda Literary and CAM invite you to join us for an evening of special performances, poetry readings and activities articulated with CAM’s current exhibitions and “Lightscapes: Reenvisioning the Shanshuihua.” Followed by a panel discussion and networking reception, this multimedia event celebrates art and creativity at the intersection of Asian American identity and the LGBTQ+ community.

This program is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are kindly requested. To RSVP, visit our page on Eventbrite or email rsvp@camla.org. Event page.

All the above programs are free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are kindly requested. To RSVP, visit our page on Eventbrite or email rsvp@camla.org. Check our website for other public programs and events.

For a full list of programs and descriptions, visit the PDF here.



Biddy Mason Commemorations

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 10:00am – 11:00 am

Evergreen Cemetery

204 North Evergreen Avenue | Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Extended Walking Tour

Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 10:00am – 12:30 pm

Pershing Square

532 South Olive Street | Los Angeles, CA, 90013


In partnership with The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation, TRHT-LA is proud to present a two-day celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Biddy Mason.

Do you know Biddy Mason? 

Biddy’s remarkable story is one of resilience that resonates with the fortitude so many of us aspire to have when the odds are stacked against us. Bridget “Biddy” Mason lived a life serving others as a nurse and midwife. She provided food and shelter to those experiencing poverty, healed the sick, and regularly visited people who were incarcerated in the county jail. As a visionary philanthropist and the first Black woman to purchase land in Los Angeles, Biddy was an instrumental figure and foremother to the development of our city.

Despite being born enslaved in Mississippi on August 15, 1818, Biddy pushed through adversity. She walked 1,700 miles to Southern California behind her master’s wagon, where she ultimately gained her freedom. As we celebrate her 201st birthday, we are reminded that her story is timeless—a story about unwavering hope, love for community, and resistance.

Wreath Laying Ceremony Description

In honor of Biddy’s 201st birthday, we will gather at her resting place—the Evergreen Cemetery—to acknowledge and remember her story of resilience. We will hear from local historians and community leaders. Event page.

Extended Walking Tour Description

This walk will explore some of Los Angeles’ most beloved landmarks and conclude with an extended visit at The Biddy Mason Memorial Park, where we will view a timeline of Biddy’s triumphant life. Event page.

For a full calendar of all upcoming events, please click here.

For a list of past events, please click here.