If you think the trans community is full of people who are scared and need your sympathy, you’re wrong. Really wrong. Transgender and gender non-conforming artist across the country are making some sick, trans power art honoring and celebrating the resilience of the trans community in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance. You have to check this out.
Each artist partnered with an organization working for trans rights. Together, they created posters for the organization.
Artist Rommy Torrico said, “As a trans individual and artist, I understand how necessary it is for the communities that are being marginalized to be the ones who are at the forefront of their own liberation.”
Rommy was partnered with TransLatin@ Coalition, whose mission is to advocate for laws that preserve human and civil rights, health care, as well as social and cultural inclusion.
The art project blends art, activism, and social awareness in the fight for social justice.
Artist Micah Bazant said, “It’s truly an honor to work with the trans visionaries at Audre Lorde Project and the incredible allies at Forward Together, and build new ways of transforming the world through art and organizing, together.”
The Audre Lorde Project focuses on the New York City community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, trans and gender non-conforming people of color. Micah Bazant’s poster captures the organizations fight for trans freedom, which is freedom from violence, deportations, and prisons/detention centers.
There are 31 states that do not offer discrimination protect to transgender people. One in ten people have been evicted from their homes due to their gender identity.
Artist Mojuicy said, “It has been a complete honor to work with Transgender Law Center for this year’s Trans Day Of Remembrance. To try and capture the beauty, strength, and resilience of our transgender sisters in detainment was both a challenge and honor to execute respectfully.”
Mojuicy’s partner organization, the Transgender Law Center, has been working with government officials since 2002 to change law and policy on the state and national level to make life safer for the trans community.
The suicide rate among transgender people is at 41 percent while the national average is closer to 4.6 percent. Sixty-nine percent of homeless transgender individuals have attempted suicide.
Artist Adelina Cruz said, “For me, participating in this project means that I accept the responsibility and commitment in supporting the trans justice movement leadership visually, with beautiful artwork that aims to elevate trans women’s lives with respect and dignity.”
Cruz, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, worked with a smaller group called New Mexico Trans Women of Colour Coalition. The coalition’s mission is to create an environment of sisterhood to enhance the fight against violence and injustices against trans women of color.
The Trans Day of Resilience Art Project wants you to remember that transgender individuals are strong and will overcome.
Artist Bishakh Som said, “I am thrilled to work with Buried Seedz of Resistance and Forward Together on the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience 2015: Culture Shift project and to have the opportunity to channel the power of art in the service of Queer/Trans justice.”
Buried Seedz, Bishakh Som’s organization partner, is a youth powered organization using art, education, and community organizing to encourage young LGBTQ people to stand up for justice and empower them to take action.