Archive for November, 2018

Posted: November 27, 2018 in Call to Action, for your reflection

Estimada Familia,

Everyday we remember our Trans siblings and transcestors who are no longer with us. On Trans Day of Remembrance, we continue to organize for Trans and Queer liberation and we continue to center the leadership of trans Latinx communities.

We will forever remember Roxsana Hernanadez, 33 year old Trans immigrant from Honduras that died in ICE custody. We will continue to demand #JusticeforRoxsana and all trans women of color that continue to be murdered across the world because of trans-misogyny and racism.

This year we have collaborated with Forward Together and artist Art Twink on a powerful art piece that you can download.

Click here to download this image

Our members are hosting several Trans Day of Remembrance events in California, Nevada, the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest. In Portland we are collaborating with Ori Galley, Sankofa Collective NW and Forward Together to bring us Trans Diaspora of Resilience, where black and brown trans and gender non-conforming migrants will perform and honor trans diasporic lives. TDoR art collection will be exhibited at Ori Gallery all week.

Facebook Event Page for Trans Day of Remembrance in Portland

Thank you for your continued support and please spread the word about donating to our work on Giving Tuesday, a national day to give to the causes you believe in, next Tuesday, Nov. 27th.

Click here to pledge to Donate now

Con amor y en solidaridad,

Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement

For 20 years now we have been saying the names of Transgender people murdered. This year is no different as we say the names of the 22 murdered due to anti-trans violence.

Say their names. Trans Lives Matter.

Christa Lee Steele-Knudslien, 47, North Adams, MA
Vickky Gutierrez, 38, Los Angeles, CA
Zakaria Fry, 28, Albuquerque, NM
Celine Walker, 38, Jacksonville, FL
Tonya Harvey, 35, Buffalo, NY
Phylicia Mitchell, 45, Cleveland, OH
Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28, Baton Rouge, LA
Sasha Wall, 29, Chesterfield County, SC
Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, 26, Dallas, TX
Nino Fortson, 36, Atlanta, GA
Gigi Pierce, 28, Portland, OR
Antasha English, 38, Jacksonville, FL
Diamond Stephens, 39, Meridian, MS
Catalina Christina James, 24, Jacksonville, FL
Keisha James, 58, Cleveland, OH
Sasha Garden, 27, Orlando, FL
Vontashia Bell, 18, Shreveport, LA
Dejanay Stanton, 24, Chicago, IL
Shantee Tucker, 30, Philadelphia, PA
Londonn Moore Kinard, 20, North Port, FL
Nikki Janelle Enriquez, 28, Laredo, TX
Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, 31, Chicago, IL

EQUATORS- LAST SHOWS OF THE YEAR! – I am excited to bring this performance/installation to the Hartford Art School. Most importantly, I am thrilled to close this successful tour in my home city of Hartford.

TICKETS: $15 Online or at the door

7:00PM & 8:30PM
7:00PM & 8:30PM

EQUATORS is a solo performance piece developed and performed by Hartford Connecticut choreographer, dancer, film maker, director, producer, installation artist Arien Wilkerson.

EQUATORS was made in collaboration with David Borawski and Jon Paul LaRocco

Audience members who attend this work will be asked to interrogate their expectations of and relationship to climate, bodies, anthropomorphism, police, and environment.

For more information and tickets go to HERE.

Trans Lifeline Benefit at Chez Est

Hosted by Mia E Z’Lay and Chez Est

Sunday November 25, 2018 4pm to 11pm

458 Wethersfield Ave. Hartford Ct.

There will be no entry fee! We will have a show every hour starting at 5pm. We have so many amazing entertainers who are donating their time and art. All money made from the shows will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
Mia E Z’Lay and Layne Alexander Gianakos will be running the event at Chez Est

If you are interested in donating and can not make it please message Mia or Layne. If you want to perform message us asap!

Please share with your friends and family!

Facebook Page HERE. 

Hosted by AIDS Ct. and Real Art Ways

November 30, 2018 -5:30-7:00pm

56 Arbor Street, Hartford Ct.

Real Art Ways is partnering with Visual AIDS and AIDS Connecticut (ACT) on the 29th annual Day With(out) Art, for a one-night film screening of “Alternate Endings, Activist Rising” and a round table community discussion to follow.

Taking place in our video gallery, this is a special opportunity to compare and contrast the various methods and programs presented in the film with local organizers and activists here in Hartford.

Deputy Director of ACT, Shawn M Lang and Real Art Ways Visual Arts Coordinator, Neil Daigle-Orians will help lead the roundtable talk asking critical questions such as: How is the AIDS crisis still affecting us in Hartford and Connecticut, and what are people doing about it?

Visual AIDS is the only arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today. They produce and present work, assist artists living with HIV/AIDS, and have a commitment to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

AIDS Connecticut, with its partners, increases Connecticut’s capacity to ensure that all people impacted by HIV/AIDS and related health issues have access to health, housing and support services.

Free Admission.
All are invited to attend and add to the conversation.

Learn more about the film:

Facebook page for this event is found HERE.


We visited Open Studio Hartford for a short time on Saturday November 10. We present two artists whose work we viewed and hope to view again perhaps in a one person exhibition around town.

Robert Zott
We first became acquainted with the artist Robert Zott many years ago, don’t remember how we did or when it was but visited him when he was first living in Art Space Hartford. There was a showing in one of the art spaces of his photographs of tombstones and I got a chance to go to his studio and meet him and see more work by this artist. His work is not only funny but it is amazing to see the surnames of people, common everyday words that one would not expect to be a persons last name or that is a common last name but in this arrangement becomes no longer common but a work of art.

The Death of Color

6 B&W Photos, Edition of 3, 10X8 Gelatin Silver Prints, 29.5X36 overall.

What a way to start this article. Color has died and is buried, but immortalized on a tombstone. What a strange concept. Color has died.

Most of us visiting a cemetery would probably just pass by a tombstone unless the stone was an extraordinary work of art. If noticed on our visit the names Carpenter, Mechanic, Barber, Postman (now that would be one that I would stop and wonder about) Baker and Doctor we more than likely would just pass by, go about our business, mourn our dead and leave a plant or bouquet of flowers. But here in this arrangement the names and the stones take on a whole new meaning. Arranged together by the artist this work removes the stones from their individual stand and together become something new. “There Goes The Neighborhood” conjures up to us that the workers are invading some posh little place, invading with their aches and pains, their callous and bruises, their greasy hands, smelling like baked bread and hopefully Mr. or Ms. Postman has washed their hands after delivering all that mail. In “There goes the Neighborhood,” they rest together, in all their working class glory, regardless of what the upper classes may say, want or desire.

“There Goes The Neighborhood”

6 B&W Photos, Edition of 3, 10X8 Gelatin Silver Prints, 29.5X36 overall.

Artists such as Robert Zott take which is available arrange it as only an artist can and present to us something we have never seen or most likely never thought of. By the hand of the artist our dearly departed become together with others, art. This working of Zott’s can not be an easy process, finding a cemetery, walking around finding a tombstone. He walks the cemetery searching for stones with just the last name. No first names, no birth date or death date, no epitaph. What a joy it must be to find a stone with a name, a name that can become more than just another name. A name and a stone that fits into the parameters that the artist has set for his work. Some of us are old enough to remember the Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot books that we learned to read from. You know the old, Run Dick Run, See Dick Run, See Sally laugh, Laugh Sally laugh or something like that. In the hands, mind and eye of the artist this series takes on a whole new meaning. A meaning that is closely associated with the death of Dick by drowning and the idea unless he is cremated he will end up under a stone. Just another name, another stone in another cemetery somewhere for an artist to find someday. Bon Voyage a French phrase  usually translated in English to “goodbye”, “have a nice trip,” “safe journey,” Yes, Bon Voyage Dick where ever you end up or down in the case of drowning or being buried in your grave.

Bon Voyage

12 B&W photos, edition of 3,
16 x 20″ gelatin silver prints, 97 x 84″ overall.

Zott reminds us of the endless possibilities all around in our world for the making of art. But yes it takes an artist to draw out these possibilities, to show us what is indeed possible and in doing so presents us with a new way of seeing the world. It takes an artist as John’s said, to “take something, do something with it, do something else.” As a child I use to go to a cemetery in my hometown. There was a tombstone, a cube standing on one corner with the name Day. That’s all just Day. I remember how all of us kids admired that stone. I wondered this morning where Purple was buried in this hometown cemetery. (more…)

A most chilling message has been erected on a billboard in Times Square in NYC. Here is the run down of what it is all about.

Surrounded by the skyscrapers that tower over Times Square, a new billboard went up this week that in large black letters reads: “NO GAYS ALLOWED.” Just below, a smaller message states: “STOP Alliance Defending Freedom. Learn more at”

The billboard is part of a new campaign that aims to draw attention to the conservative Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, which has been labeled an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a designation the group disputes. Since its founding nearly 25 years ago, ADF has been linked to efforts seeking to criminalize homosexuality, restrict transgender people’s access to sex-segregated facilities and permit businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people.

Caleb Cade, a spokesman for Citizens for Transparency, the advocacy group behind the campaign, said the powerful nonprofit law group has fought for years to undermine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights, often behind the scenes.
“We want to remind people that there are still really insidious forces at work against our community,” Cade told NBC News. “ADF has been leading that war for a long time, with tens of millions of dollars to do it.”

For more on this go to LGBTQ Nations site found HERE.

These articles are a must read. The so called Alliance Defending Freedom is nothing more than a hate group involved with many cases against LGBT folks.

This wonderful post comes from Freedom Socialist of Australia. How we remember it so well our Lesbians sisters in the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Victorian AIDS Council changes name in tribute to pioneer activists Alison Thorne and Keith Harbour.

Debbie Brennan/ October-November 2018 Freedom Socialist.

Thorne Harbour Health has strong community support. Many people volunteer at the clinic. Pictured on either side of honeree Alison Thorne are two volunteers who helped staff the re-brand event. PHOTO: Debbie Brennan / FS

On June 16, 1983, young socialist feminist Alison Thorne put a question to an auditorium full of dispirited gay activists: “What are we going to do about this, and how can we do it?” The shocking facts of HIV/AIDS, a new and little-understood disease, were dawning. It had been afflicting people in the U.S., mainly gay men, and was spreading globally. Alison also asked, “What are we going to do to protect the gay community from homophobia as the AIDS hysteria becomes more out of control?” This was not only a health crisis, she said, it was a political threat to all queers.
Early days. Phil Carswell recalled this “pivotal” moment, when “a lesbian got up amongst a bunch of scared queens and said, ‘This is what you’ve got to do, boys.’ And they went and did it.” Before long, grassroots movers and shakers, Thorne among them, formed the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC), the first of its kind in Australia.

This past July the AIDS council celebrated its 35th birthday with a new name, Thorne Harbour Health (Thorne Harbour). This was a great honor for Thorne and Keith Harbour, who was also instrumental in the VAC’s early life. An activist in ACT-UP, and president of VAC from 1987 to 1989, Harbour fought the profit-gouging pharmaceutical companies and the system protecting them, which were keeping lifesaving medicines beyond reach. HIV positive himself, Harbour died in 1991, just 47 years old.

His sister, Bev Harbour, speaking at the anniversary celebration, recollected the 1980s as “a horrible time. Fear and homophobia were rife. People were being beaten and even murdered. People were dying of AIDS, and doctors wouldn’t treat them. Families were rejecting their children. People were losing their livelihoods.” (more…)