For our Pride Month exhibit theme, we returned to our roots. The LGBTQ community owes their freedoms to riots and protests like Stonewall, so that we could have our celebrations today. We are also intersectional, and we are nothing without QTIPOC – so we have especially welcomed artwork from black or visible minority artists, and we have committed to continue featuring a diverse range of artists and perspectives. In solidarity with and support for the Black Lives Matter movements, we have included a list of resources and individual fundraisers led by our featured artists on our online gallery page below.
We remember Marsha P. Johnson during Pride; her legacy is significant today through the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which ‘protects and defends the human rights of black transgender people by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power‘.
We also remember the lost lives of black LGBTQ peoples, and join the voices calling for justice, equal rights and safe spaces free of discrimination and violence. The transgender community remains the most vulnerable – 2020 has already seen at least 16 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means (HRC). #SayTheirNames: Tony McDade, Tete Gulley, Layleen Polanco, Nina Pop, Monika Diamond, Dominique Fells, Riah Milton
The Pink Canvas team has compiled a list of resources, organizations, advocacy groups, fundraisers, and black businesses to endorse. We also encouraged our artists to submit their local/regional resources as well, so we could lend our platform to highlight their missions. We strongly urge you to visit, donate, share or educate with our list!