“If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it. But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn’t have to take it.” – Caitlyn Jenner
Once again, Caitlyn embodies what it means to be courageous. Thank you, Caitlyn Jenner for shining a light into the shadowy places of our society.
Transgender Americans face some of the worst examples of discrimination and violence in our nation. It is widely reported that nearly 40% of all transgender individuals have attempted suicide (although accurate rates may be much higher when accounting for those who may have lived in secret).
#TransLivesMatter is a mixed media piece, transparent watercolor, wax, and marker on 140lb paper. The painting is the fourth piece in the collection #ArttoEndViolence and depicts the ghostly remembrances of Blake Brickington, Taylor Alesana, and Leelah Alcorn.
We can all do better. We can be accepting and kind to people of all genders. We can demand that conversion therapy be outlawed and deemed abuse. We can demand equal protections for ALL peoples.
Ash Haffner, a 16 year old trans boy, took his life earlier this year after a lifetime of bullying. He was the fourth transgender teen to commit suicide this year. Line drawn portraits of him, Taylor Alesana and portraits of Leelah Alcorn are currently on display at Orange County Creatives Gallery.