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Trans Resistance is Beautiful Art Opening (San Francisco: June 6)
June 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
From SF LGBT Center and Qcc:
SF LGBT Center and Qcc present
Trans Resistance is Beautiful
LGBT, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Exhibit runs through July 27
More info at: https://qcc2.org/
Prints of original art from the frontlines of trans liberation movements. Artists include Micah Bazant, Chucha Marquez, Ethan X. Parker, Art Twink, Amir Khadar, Rommy Sobrado-Torrico, Mojuicy, Edxie Betts, and more.
Trans and nonbinary people have always existed, and we have always used our creativity, beauty, and power to survive. In the lineage of our trancestors, this exhibit is an offering of love and fuel for our struggle against white supremacy and transmisogyny.
All the work in this show is created by trans and nonbinary artists. It is part of national projects like the Trans Day of Resilience art project (www.tdor.co) and the Trans Life + Liberation series (http://
translifeandliberation.tumb lr.com/). It has amplified our struggles, in the streets and online, as we have grieved the murders of our trans sisters, fought to free our siblings from incarceration, and reclaimed events like Pride. It was born from our need to honor trans and nonbinary people of color in life, not just in memoriam. Or as the group BreakOUT! says, “Give us our roses while we’re still here!”
We are thirsty to see ourselves and each other as powerful, whole beings. But trans liberation requires more than visibility. In a world where trans women and femmes of color are often hyper-visible and experiencing an ongoing crisis of violence, visibility is not enough.
Our visibility must be grounded in consent and self-determination. It must benefit our communities and serve the systemic redistribution of resources and power.
This art is deeply rooted in this kind of love, self-determination, and organizing to build power. It emerged through relationships of love and solidarity between artists and organizers on the frontlines of our movements for racial and trans justice. At every step, we valued and uplifted the visions and labor of trans people of color. This exhibit is different not just in who it depicts, but in the radically different processes of how it was made.
We dream beyond acceptance into fundamentally oppressive systems. We dream of trans liberation—of a world that treasures trans and nonbinary people of color. Art is not just an accessory to liberation struggles, it is crucial to imagining and building the world we need. Trans resistance and liberation is beautiful.