- Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
I am often perplexed by the extremely conservative stance that the black community has employed when addressing gay rights issues. Especially since discrimination is a mechan(ism) that doesn't discriminate - women, men, children, poor people, old people, immigrants, people with differing physical/mental abilities, transgendered people can all find themselves on the short end of the privilege stick. A joining of forces seems like the best way to approach revolutionary thought. But what do I know? I'm just a poor, black, female artist one year away from zero healthcare...
In either case it was nice to see a delightful instance of synchronicity with the image above (American Apparel's new ad campaign) and an article in today's New York Times.
Many, many, many congratulations to Ms. Isis King, who I had the distinct pleasure of working with on a project entitled Displaced Threshold sponsored by Forever & Today. She, along with actor Bettina Goolsby and designer Zulema Griffin graciously lent their talents to help realize my vision of a commentary on beauty, identity and self reflection.