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These Artists are Proving that You Don’t Know Sh•t about How Strong the Trans Community Is

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.

Credit: Rommy Torrico / Trans Day of Resilience Art Project

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.

Credit: Micah Bazant / Trans Day of Resilience

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.

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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.

Credit: Mojuicy / Trans Day of Resilience

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.

Credit: Adelina Cruz / Trans Day of Resilience

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.

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The Trans Day of Resilience Art Project wants you to remember that transgender individuals are strong and will overcome.

Credit: Bishakh Som / Trans Day of Resilience

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.

The Trans Day of Resilience Art Project was a combined effort of Forward Together, Micah Bazant, and Strong Families.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

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♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

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♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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