#Sticks&Stones, Blake Brockington

Detail, #Sticks&Stones; Out There, LA Art Association & Gallery 825's Special Pride Event Show, Summer 2015
Detail, #Sticks&Stones;
Out There, LA Art Association & Gallery 825’s Special Pride Event Show, Summer 2015

“I’m so exhausted,” Blake Brockington wrote before walking into traffic on Interstate 485 on March 23, 2015.

Blake was a handsome young man. He had been crowned homecoming king and had spoken about his trials and triumphs on the national stage. Blake was also transgender.

Transgender youth have the highest rate of suicide in the United States, with as high as 46% attempting suicide before the age of 24. That’s nearly half of all transgender people.

#Sticks&Stones is part of a larger body of work, #ArttoEndViolence, the titular piece winning an Award of Excellence at the California State Fair, 2015. #Sticks&Stones is a four piece set, watercolor, wax and ink depicting the murders and suicides of LGBT Americans.

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