Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Books And Culture: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Come join us in the beautiful backyard of Benders’ for chili, conversation, and culture. This month’s book is a literary marvel and a work of extraordinary humanity. It is about who we are, and how we find ourselves in our bodies, in each other, in countries, on this earth: truly a masterpiece. This is a free event, but donations are welcome to help cover costs.

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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee With the Docs

Curious about transitional related healthcare? The clinicians of UCI’s Gender Diversity program are bringing coffee, donuts, and wisdom. Come ask your questions without needing to get insurance approval or meeting in a sterile environment. The intention is to have a conversational connection and ability to learn in community. All ages are welcome, but these clinicians have pediatric expertise. Childcare available.

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Jan
7
6:30 PM18:30

Meditative Painting course

Start 2019 off right.  Explore the chakras and energy work through the medium of painting. This class is an 8 week workshop designed to go deep into self expression in a safe and affirming environment. No painting experience required. This class does not focus on technique or skill, it's more about learning how to transmute old stagnant energy into a potent creative elixir. Each week will focus on a new chakra, however, the first week will be a meet and greet and intro to moving meditation.

Investment $30/per class or $200 for the course

Painted by 15 year old gay straight alliance member during meditative painting workshop

Painted by 15 year old gay straight alliance member during meditative painting workshop

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Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Clothing Swap!

Bring your gently used clothing and accessories, to swap for something fresh to suit you. Because changes in style, size, and expression don’t need to be stressful or expensive.

We accept donations any time Benders’ is open.

We accept donations any time Benders’ is open.

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Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

Queer MEDuCation 101

We’re all doing it but no one is talking about it. Remember those cheesy Sex Ed videos in high school? I don’t know about you, but mine didn’t include queer sex education. Ever wonder the basics about common STIs? Or how to reduce risk of HIV transmission? What if the condom breaks? How do I prevent BV with my partner? Why does herpes scare everyone so much?! An open space for all questions to be answered. Come join Kerin Berger, a certified Physician Assistant; to discuss sexual health, resources for testing and treatment, and anything else that comes up! Knowledge is power and we can all learn from each other. Come join this open forum.

Kerin’s mission in life is to bridge the gap between the medical community and the LGBTQI community through advocacy, compassion, and education. She obtained her Physician Assistant certification and Master’s of Health Sciences degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Pause for a second. What is a Physician Assistant you may ask? Physician Assistants, also known as PAs (not Physician’s Assistant, not Medical Assistants) are medical professionals that diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as primary providers. Some may compare PAs to Nurse Practitioners in that they have a similar scope of practice, however, PAs are trained under the same medical model as physicians. It became clear during her medical education that LGBTQI people were inserted into boxes such “gay men = HIV” or “trans folks = behavioral health” or “lesbians = BV” versus acknowledging the community as whole. She was very bothered by this concept. She believes through her personal connection and professional resources she can make a difference. After graduating from PA school, Kerin pursued a career in sexual health and education working specifically with LGBTQI people. Her passion project is to implement LGBTQI curriculum across all PA programs nationwide. She currently trains students in cultural humility at Charles Drew University and University of Southern California.  When Kerin is not working, she loves to spend time with her wife Jordan and her dog Rilo. She loves cycling, hiking, traveling, and being outside in nature.  Questions? Contact me!  contact@queermeducation.com . Website coming soon!  For more information about Physician Assistants, please visit:  www.aapa.org

Kerin’s mission in life is to bridge the gap between the medical community and the LGBTQI community through advocacy, compassion, and education. She obtained her Physician Assistant certification and Master’s of Health Sciences degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Pause for a second. What is a Physician Assistant you may ask? Physician Assistants, also known as PAs (not Physician’s Assistant, not Medical Assistants) are medical professionals that diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as primary providers. Some may compare PAs to Nurse Practitioners in that they have a similar scope of practice, however, PAs are trained under the same medical model as physicians. It became clear during her medical education that LGBTQI people were inserted into boxes such “gay men = HIV” or “trans folks = behavioral health” or “lesbians = BV” versus acknowledging the community as whole. She was very bothered by this concept. She believes through her personal connection and professional resources she can make a difference. After graduating from PA school, Kerin pursued a career in sexual health and education working specifically with LGBTQI people. Her passion project is to implement LGBTQI curriculum across all PA programs nationwide. She currently trains students in cultural humility at Charles Drew University and University of Southern California.

When Kerin is not working, she loves to spend time with her wife Jordan and her dog Rilo. She loves cycling, hiking, traveling, and being outside in nature.

Questions? Contact me! contact@queermeducation.com. Website coming soon!

For more information about Physician Assistants, please visit: www.aapa.org


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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Self Defense

Cory Klink of Bold Alchemy brings you Queer Self Defense!!! This one hour, all abilities class, will teach you how to use your body and everyday household objects to protect yourself. We will cover basic kicks, punches, stances, chokehold releases and meditation.

Cory’s specialty is teaching the mental side of self defense and readiness to counter any attack or non consensual approach. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Please bring water to stay hydrated!

Cost - Sliding scale donation: Pay what you can!

$20 per student pays for cost.

See you at the Benders’ Dojo!

Cory Klink is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been teaching trauma informed martial arts and self defense classes for over 10 years. They are a transgender individual with a passion for teaching trans and queer humans tactics for resistance, self care and joyful living. Cory lives in LA and can be found riding motorcycles, giving tarot readings, backpacking, teaching art and karate and learning mechanics!

Cory Klink is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been teaching trauma informed martial arts and self defense classes for over 10 years. They are a transgender individual with a passion for teaching trans and queer humans tactics for resistance, self care and joyful living. Cory lives in LA and can be found riding motorcycles, giving tarot readings, backpacking, teaching art and karate and learning mechanics!

Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and POC humans. Visit the site for more information about what Bold Alchemy, and feel free to email Cory with questions, comments or feedback. I would love to hear from you.

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Kumbaya

Bring your favorite instrument, and a song or two to share. We will sit around the fire pit in the beautiful Benders’ backyard and share good vibes with each other in this round-robin style music share. No instruments, no problem. Bring yourself and enjoy some live jams.

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Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Informed Voter Roundtable

Join folks in your community while we go through California ballot measures and discuss what is coming up in the November 6th election. Talk through how to vote in your best interest! A particular focus on LGBTQIA+ and other social/environmental justice issues will be highlighted.

Bring a snack to share, your critical eye, an open heart, something to write with, and your practice ballot if you have it. Benders’ will provide space, love, and tea.

Have a lot of knowledge and experience on the political climate? PLEASE come and share your wisdom! Have NO idea where to begin? Please come and share your fresh perspective and soak up some knowledge! And as always, we love and welcome all of you in-betweeners.

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Queer Self Defense

Cory Klink of Bold Alchemy brings you Queer Self Defense!!! This one hour, all abilities class, will teach you how to use your body and everyday household objects to protect yourself. We will cover basic kicks, punches, stances, chokehold releases and meditation.

Cory’s specialty is teaching the mental side of self defense and readiness to counter any attack or non consensual approach. Students are encouraged to wear what they feel expresses themselves best and feels comfortable to move in. Please bring water to stay hydrated!

Cost - Sliding scale donation: Pay what you can!

$20 per student pays for cost.

See you at the Benders’ Dojo!

Cory Klink is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been teaching trauma informed martial arts and self defense classes for over 10 years. They are a transgender individual with a passion for teaching trans and queer humans tactics for resistance, self care and joyful living. Cory lives in LA and can be found riding motorcycles, giving tarot readings, backpacking, teaching art and karate and learning mechanics!

Cory Klink is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been teaching trauma informed martial arts and self defense classes for over 10 years. They are a transgender individual with a passion for teaching trans and queer humans tactics for resistance, self care and joyful living. Cory lives in LA and can be found riding motorcycles, giving tarot readings, backpacking, teaching art and karate and learning mechanics!

Bold Alchemy is a trauma focused self defense program that aims to empower, arm and heal queer, trans and POC humans. Visit the site for more information about what Bold Alchemy, and feel free to email Cory with questions, comments or feedback. I would love to hear from you.

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Grand Opening!

Join us in celebrating the grand opening of Benders’! Enjoy a bbq, lawn games, live music, ribbon cutting, incredible community, resource fair, vendors and so much more! 

🧛🏻‍♀️🧙🏾‍♀️🧟‍♀️🧛‍♂️ We are also collecting adult clothes and children’s costumes for what whole month of October- this is a great time to bring them!

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