Jasmine Pierre, Roxy Crimson, Forrest Hotler, Adam Barnhardt and Olive Goanta at the Comedy Store after the show. Photo by Renee Gross. 

Jasmine Pierre, Roxy Crimson, Forrest Hotler, Adam Barnhardt and Olive Goanta at the Comedy Store after the show. Photo by Renee Gross. 

How a Stand-Up Comedy Course Is Helping Trans Angelenos Overcome Fear and Trauma

Featured in L.A. Weekly

Jasmine Pierre says she welcomed the catcalls hurled her way by a man she passed on the street one day. She jokes that being called “bitch” makes her day. The black-haired, 26-year-old transgender woman genuinely appreciates someone recognizing her correct gender.

Pierre tells the story to seven other transgender people gathered for TRANSforming Your Pain Into Comedy, a stand-up comedy course offered at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Every Saturday for more than a month, they attend the class, taught by comedian Adam Barnhardt with help from Jeff Husbands. The course culminates in each student performing a stand-up routine at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.

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