With the launch of my first fundraiser collaboration, I'd like to share with you a little more of my heart behind this project. Growing up near the Bay Area, I was fortunate to end up at a Charter High school that was non-conforming, where I made some beautiful friends from all types of identities and walks of life. That's where my love for the LGBTQ community started, and now I'd like to turn that love into some support.
Fan Grl Press believes Black Lives Matter. That being said, through listening I have learned that the conversation needs to include Black TRANS Lives Matter as well. As the BLM movement has been pushing forward to a new future, it's opened my eyes to the importance of Black Trans, Queer, & Non-binary lives. Having had a small batch of tote bags laying around the studio for the last month, and not much else in my bank to donate, I decided to reach out to a non-binary artist friend of mine, Izzy Morones, and asked if she would work with me on a non-profit collaboration for the Black Trans Community as a way to show support. I felt comfortable working with Izzy because she has been an artist that I've been lucky to learn along side of. Izzy had 100% creative freedom for the design. I couldn't be more happy with how it turned out! If you check out her Instagram you'll see the beautiful lives that inspired this art piece.
We will be donating 100% of the proceeds (minus shipping cost) to the Okra Project and Marsha P. Johnson Institute. I want to make it very clear that Izzy and I will not be taking any profits from this project!
SHIPPING Transparency: Cost of shipping is already included in product price.
Shipping break down:
Prints- $3 shipping
Tote bags- $2 shipping
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they can reach them.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. They do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformation through leadership, and promoting their collective power. They have also expanded their COVID relief efforts.
Below I have compiled a list of Black LGBTQ artists, collectives, organizations, and singer/songwriters that I am a fan of. I encourage y'all to check these out. I also encourage you to do your own research. There are so many beautiful souls creating magical art, it would be impossible to list them all here.
**Brown Recluse Zine Distro -@brownrecusezinedistro, is a collective, distributor, and DIY press based out of Oakland, CA. It was created to support and center zines written by Queer and Trans people of color. "Brown Recluse Zine Distro was born in the spirit of visibility and in the spirit of celebrating our cultures and intersectionality. BRZD exists to strengthen our ties and highlight our inter sectional, relatable experiences." I only recently found this collective, and wish more people knew about them! There is so much power in zines! Please go follow them on Instagram, check out their online shop and buy yourself some reading material. They also have a place for donations!
**Shanel Edwards -@shaneledwardsart, is a Photographer, Dancer, Poet, and Hairstylist based in Philadelphia
Current project:This Is For Us "This is for us is a multidisciplinary visual that centers black queer femme, radical joy, and intimacy in our relationships"
Please follow this link to see all of their work: https://www.shaneledwardsart.com/work
**Anthony Conover -@CozCon, is a LA based illustrator that has an emphasis on fashion. The vibe makes me want to jump into a comic book world, just to steal the outfits! *insert heart eyes & drooling emoji*
**Mithsuca Berry -@mythsooka, is a Boston based artist specializing in illustration, mixed media, and radical art education.
**Art Hoe Collective -@arthoecollective
AHC was started by Queer Black People to provide a safe space for creatives of color. Follow them on Instagram to discover more artists.
**Rest for Resistance -@qtpocmentalhealth, is a zine and an intersectional resources directory by QTPOC (Queer, Trans People of Color) Mental Health. They host workshops focusing on mental health, with their message of rest as rebellion.
**Shea Diamond: Singer/Songwriter
Shea Diamond is also known as an activist in transgender rights.
Her songwriting ability has been described as "demonstrating a rare gift to portray raw, dynamic emotion in a way that moves the body as much as the spirit" Her music is soul and R&B with elements of blues, rock, hiphop and folk. My personal fav is I am America, it brings me back to life on the tougher days.
**Todrick Hall: singer, songwriter, actor, director, & choreographer
Todrick Hall was this years host of Global Pride 2020. One thing's for sure, I love his music. It's what I play to keep the energy up. Some of my favorites: Quarantine Queen & Dem Beats.