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Arianna’s Center empowers, engages, uplifts, and advocates for the transgender community in Florida. The center focuses its attention on South Florida and works with the trans LatinX community, undocumented immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people who are homeless or whove experienced incarceration.

"Arianna’s Center is a grassroots organization thats led by trans, binary, and gender non-conforming people,” CEO Arianna Lintsaid.  “Its the first resource for many people coming to Florida. 

The center currently serves more than 300 people living in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Arianna’s Center organizes a monthly outreach event for the trans community at Boardwalk Bar in Wilton Manors. The next event is May 20. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Its an opportunity for trans people and their allies to network, relax, and engage in self-care.

That self-care is reflected in HIV and other STD testing at the event, along with Hepatitis A vaccines. There is also linkage and referrals to case management, healthcare, and mental health resources, among others. 

The next Boardwalk Bar event will also feature a red carpet a a show contest with a first prize of $250 and a prize of $100 for the runner-up. Boardwalk has $5 drink specials. Tickets at the door are $15, but entrance is free with an on-location HIV test.

The centers April event had more than 100 attendees. The monthly event is held the third Monday of every month through November. The final event of the year will take place to commemorate Transgender Remembrance Day.

For more information, visit Ariannas-Center.org.