This week has been full of inspiration. Within a matter of a few days, I was lucky enough to attend this fabulous opening as well as the Dangerous Mammals Tour: Please don't feed or tease the animals, where Ivan Coyote and S. Bear Bergman read their amazing, honest, gut-wrenching writing. I am so thankful to have a community of my people around me and to have the opportunity to be inspired by the creative work of others in a way that fuels me forward with my own work and in my own life.
I am proud to be queer. I am proud to be butch. I am proud to be an artist. And, I'm proud of my history, of all of the butches and queers who have come before me and paved the way for me to be who I am. For them, I wear a tattooed star on my left wrist, a reminder of the power and strength of solidarity and the monumental fight it took to begin to pave the way for the younger generation of queers such as myself. Thank you, gender warriors, past and present, for being true to yourselves and for fighting right alongside me. You are my people.
Below are some photos from the opening of Cut, Healed, Mine:
Me and Taan, the show's organizer
Mycroft and me
Alex and me
Me and Elizabeth
The crowd listening to the artists speak
My photograph Corinne and Travis
Untitled by Caden Muekiner
Drains on Taan by Laura Evonne Steinman (top) and
Xander by Haeden Roswell Peaslee (bottom)
Healing Taan by Laura Evonne Steinman
My photographs Self-portrait with mom (left) and Calvin (right)
Me with my work