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Meet Lily Khuu of Matriarchy in Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lily Khuu.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lily Khuu. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I saw a desperate need for spaces where women could gather together safely to connect. Especially for our main targeted demographics, which are feminists, lesbians, and metaphysical healers. I started producing events in Glendale, CA at a small bar in 2016 and since then I have hosted hundreds of events all over the U.S. working my way up to larger venues mostly in Los Angeles, CA especially in West Hollywood and North Hollywood.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest challenge I am still overcoming is getting funding to keep these events alive. Women statistically make lower salaries than men so expecting them to provide support on the same level as a non-women-focused event isn’t realistic. This makes it hard to secure safe spaces for women to safely gather. So — as of right now — almost all of the budget for these events come out of my own pocket.

Matriarchy – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Matriarchy is a female-focused social advocacy group with the mission of eliminating discrimination and prejudice towards demographics concentrated with women by hosting empowering celebrations where we can connect.  Our community is filled with feminists, lesbians, and members of the Goddess Movement.  Matriarchy’s team includes a variety of producerstalent, and supporters.

Feminists know how to party. All of Matriarchy’s events are a liberating, no-shaming, non-judgmental, inspirational environment of artistic expression and creative exploration.  We encourage all individuals to release their youthful spirit and embrace each other’s similarities and differences.  They include many activities that encourage opening minds to each other’s ideas and perceptions of the world such as expressive protest sign making, an interactive debate wall, custom swag art creation, and much more!

Do you feel like our city is a good place for businesses like yours? If someone was just starting out, would you recommend them starting out here? If not, what can our city do to improve?
There are few places in the world where it is safe for women to celebrate being liberated and empowered. We are lucky in that regard. If there are any cities in the U.S. where this type of event production could thrive I think the generally progressive attitude of Los Angeles, CA makes it one of the top on the list. Admittedly, funding is still a challenge despite the social support due to the economic wage gap between women and men. Since this is an international epidemic, the same type of issue will be true in other cities, as well. Seeking out charitable funding sources is something that I wish I did earlier and that I plan to start doing now. If you plan to go into event production for these types of events, I recommend working on a strong support network first.


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Sarah Woodward and Molly’s Adams

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