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Best Accessible Arts Space

For Skira Martinez, the founder of CIELO galleries/studios and its Liberation School, accessibility is not just about making sure people can get in the building — it's about ensuring folks have the means, ability and confidence to show up in the first place. All CIELO's events welcome children, so parents......
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Best Youth Arts Program

Promotoras traditionally bring health education to the underserved neighborhoods where they live. Las Fotos Project's Digital Promotoras are also community ambassadors, but rather than providing medical resources they wield cameras — tools to document stories of resilience and activism among their friends and neighbors. There's the story of the young......
Jennicet Gutiérrez made national headlines in June when she interrupted President Obama at an LGBT Pride event at the White House.; Credit: Photo by Danny Liao

The Trans Activist Who Interrupted Obama Is Still Yelling

Jennicet Gutiérrez had been living in fear most of her life. At 15, she crossed the border from Mexico to join her mother and eight siblings in the San Fernando Valley, and every time she had to apply for identification, she was terrified her undocumented status would be discovered. But......

Best Radical Bike Ride

Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade has serious street cred as one of L.A.'s most politically conscious bike crews, and Clitoral Mass is its pinnacle event (this year it was held Aug. 1). Since 2012, the annual summer ride has been bringing together hundreds of women and woman-identified cyclists. The organizers are......
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Best Empanadas on the Go

Angelenos have been flocking to Hel-Mel for years for its quirky shops, counterculture ethos and community-oriented vibe. But one of the best destinations at the gritty-hip East Hollywood intersection of Heliotrope and Melrose is easily overlooked. Rincon Chileno is one of the rare places where vegetarians and meat lovers can......