Oct 10, 2017

Gigi Gorgeous Hosts Transyouth Halloween Benefit

Transgender Social Star Gigi Gorgeous Hosts Haunted “CarnEvil for Good” Halloween Bash Benefiting Transyouth

100 Percent of Proceeds will Benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’
Center for Transyouth Health & Development

On Sunday, October 29th, Gigi Gorgeous hosted a red carpet haunted “CarnEvil for Good” Halloween bash at the 60’s era art deco nightclub Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood—a joint venture of David Arquette, and business moguls John Terzian and Brian Toll, who generously donated the venue space for the evening—the benefit featured costumed burlesque dancers, marionettes and a photo booth for patrons. Guests enjoyed complimentary sponsored cocktails by Moet Hennessy, passed treats from [insert food sponsors], candy cauldrons, Halloween-inspired music spun by guest DJ, celebrity guests and a live, up-close-and-personal musical performance by a special guest performer in an intimate setting. 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds supported Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Center for Transyouth Health & Development.

The Center for Transyouth Health & Development at CHLA has been dedicated to supporting and advocating for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families through the complex gender journey for more than 20 years. The program provides hormonal intervention, mental health, health education, HIV prevention, family support, peer support and advocacy services. The program works with community partners across Los Angeles to meet the needs of the city’s large transyouth population, and houses some of the nation’s top experts in the field of transyouth who are committed educating the professional and lay public about the needs and care of this very unique and underserved population.
With more than 900 patients in the program and over 150 on the wait list, CHLA’s Center is the largest program in the world, serving a large population of transyouth who are at-risk for homelessness, suicide, abuse and other dangers.

“This is something that hits very close to home for me, and I’m realizing more and more the power and platform I have to create change,” said Gigi. “There is nothing that can describe how deep the pain and confusion can go realizing at a young age that you are in the wrong body, or the heights of joy that come with finally being able to live your authentic life. I am extremely fortunate to have a loving, supportive family and the means to transition. But there so many who don’t, and the world at large has a long way to go in truly understanding the unique issues that face the trans community. Programs like The Center for Transyouth Health & Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are a fundamental piece of the puzzle. They are not only changing and saving lives of transyouth now, but they have the expertise to educate and advocate to change the future of the trans community.”

“CHLA’s program was founded over 20 years ago as one of the first programs in the world to offer transgender services, but today the topic of transgender is really just now hitting the mainstream,” said
Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development. “To the world at large, the topic of transgender is relatively new and there is a lot of education not only for the general public, but for medical providers who are increasingly seeing transyouth in their clinics.”

Our program originally was founded for transwomen of color, as we found that they were too easily identifiable as transgender, and as a result, are at a much greater risk of violence, abuse, job and housing discrimination, which lead to other dangers such as homelessness, prostitution, addiction and suicide,”

“Transgender children and youth suffer from extreme anxiety over the difference between the gender they were assigned at birth and their internal gender identity, putting them at a greater risk for depression, substance abuse, self-harm and homeliness. In fact, more than 40 percent of transyouth attempt suicide by the age of 21,” said Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development. “We have the power to create more positive outcomes for the transgender community, but it takes significant philanthropic support and awareness to create change. We are so grateful to Gigi, how is an example of a powerful partner using their platform to help expand access to care, enable important education, advocacy and research that has real impact.”

Hostess Gigi Loren Lazzarato “Gigi Gorgeous” is a transgender female and prominent advocate in the LGBTQ+ community who inspires and entertains with her story and larger-than-life personality. Gigi has worked with top tier brands and has appeared on the cover of The Advocate and FASHION Magazine as well as on-camera for Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Nightline and more. She was recently named as a social media correspondent for MTV. Her feature-length documentary “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and on YouTube Red in February 2017. In June 2017, Gigi was named one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People on the Internet.”

The Haunted “CarnEvil for Good” Halloween Bash is proudly sponsored by The Ariadne Getty Foundation, Select Management and Moet Hennessy.

To learn more about the CHLA’s Transyouth Center for Health & Development and how you can support, visit click here.

Press Coverage:

“Gigi Gorgeous To Host Charity Bash, Fundraising Campaign For L.A. Transyouth Center”…Tubefilter

“Gay Agenda, Oct. 13: Pink’s Suffragette Anthem, Plus MNEK, Gigi Gorgeous & More”…Billboard

“Social Media Sensation Gigi Gorgeous Gives Back With Halloween Bash”…AccessHollywood