We Are Here is my way of archiving the love, light, and power in the TGNC communities of New Orleans. I wanted to use last year’s concept “Give us our roses while we’re still here” as a foundation and show the world that we can also flower and love ourselves. And we do, everyday. This is a piece about unapologetic existence is whatever way we chose to grow.
BreakOUT members responded to the following prompts to brainstorm messages & images for this year’s piece.
What do white folks/queers need to hear?
Think of me as you
We are here to stay
Hear us don’t fear us
What does Caitlyn Jenner need to hear?
Stop playing in my face
Our life is not your reality show
Transitioning is not a mockery or confusion
Don’t brand our lives
What do cisgender / heterosexual folks need to hear?
Leave us alone
We are not criminals. We are here to live life
What do folks at city hall need to hear?
Our struggle is our reality
Pay me what you owe me
Educate and House us!
You are not the experts on our lives —
The Experts and Trans and Queer Youth!!