The Full StoryThe Making of La Loca
My name is Camila “La Loca” Camaleón and I am a paradigm shifter, bridge-builder, and queer Transfemme archivist based in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles. My origin story began in unceded Chumash territory in which the lessons cemented upon my return home to the beautiful Tongva/Kizh land. I center my ARTivism around joy, playfulness, and power as gender deviant folks to the center. In owning my voice further I am excited to share some vibes about my journey and even encourage you to check out my Patreon for more!
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and spent my undergrad years at the University of California Santa Barbara. I finished my undergrad with a dual-degree in Black Studies & Feminist Studies, with an emphasis on Politics and Social Policy. Through leadership development within various organizations, group fitness aerobic classes, and attending various conferences I found my Trans body amongst the dance floors around the world. I welcome you to Casa La Loca, a brave space for folks to grow together in this Heart Healing Movement we are creating.
My Heart Healing Movement is most notably known through my current online offering of Zumba classes! By dancing in time to the rhythm of the world I help facilitate a place for playfulness to occur! In true badass form I center joy as a praxis for my movement classes and invite you to welcome in the vibes. Dare I say, you might even leave feeling Sexy, Sexy, SEXY ~
Outside of the dance floor I serve as the current President for a 501 c(3) non-profit known as the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ+ Center. I even host a peer support group for other gender expansive folks and encourage you to join by emailing me! In my journey I’m being called to amplify the journeys of those in the San Gabriel Valley, an underserved population located in the Los Angeles region. I set my eyes on returning home to give back to the community that provided for me.
My current creative and professional endeavors with the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ+ Center revolve around onboarding our team to an entirely online model and also facilitate our strategic plan which will cement our home for LGBTQ+ folks east of Los Angeles. I also have the honor of being the first host for Color Me Queer - a collaborative work of love produced by QTalk Radio and the SGV LGBTQ+ Center!