#hisnamewasash is part of a collection of #trans #teen portraits highlighting the loss and societal pressures faced by trans youth available at Orange County Creatives Gallery.
This portrait is acrylic on canvas, 18×24.
LGBT youth experience a much larger amount of societal pressure, bullying, and child abuse than their cis peers. Gay and lesbian teens have a much higher rate of suicide with 20% attempting to take their own life before aged 24. Trans youth fate far worse with rates higher than 40%. When compared to the rates of cis teens, steady at about 3-4% it becomes apparent that there is something rotten in American sociological attitudes towards queerness.
#ArtToEndViolence is a series of works dedicated to highlighting the cost of racism, homophobia and transphobia. The titular piece won an Award of Excellence for Fine Art at the CA State Fair, 2015.