The Trans Wellness Center, billed as a first-of-its-kind facility offering resources and services for the transgender community, opened its doors Tuesday near the Westlake area.

The center, 3055 Wilshire Blvd., is funded through a $1 million grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is overseeing the management and operation of the facility.

“The Trans Wellness Center was conceived and created by community leaders and allies, honoring their lifelong dedication to raise awareness about the needs and the contributions of the transgender community,” TWC program manager Mariana Marroquin said. “I am honored to be part of this new and exciting effort to empower the transgender and non-binary communities — no matter how challenging life may be for some of us.”

The center will provide services such as hormone therapy and transition resources, HIV testing and care, mental and sexual health services, occupational training and housing and legal services.

“We finally have a space that is dedicated to the overall well-being of transgender people,” said Jaden Fields of the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. “As a community partner, APAIT will be providing services and programming to address the economic empowerment of transgender people.”

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