Courage in Pride

Courage in Pride

Works on Paper

After attending my first LGBTQ+ wedding, I realized that we are establishing history, constructing a world where individuals can love, live, explore and celebrate individuality. I made this polychromatic piece to display the courage of the LGBTQ+ community over the past 50 years. Since the Stonewall uprising, activists advocating for equal rights for members of all races, classes, genders, ethnicities, partners, and identities continue to prevail. I subdivided the groups and bodies to represent the many identities that make up this diverse community. While encountering setbacks, the figures' postures remain resilient. Some of the bodies in the collection have identifiable colors and emblems from flags used by the PRIDE community. As support continues to expand, more communities are coming out. I added figures with color schemes currently unrecognizable to personify future, unidentified groups finding support and unity in the PRIDE community. I also illustrated figures with bodies colored with allyship flags to characterize the importance of heterosexual and cisgender people advocating for equality for the LGBTQ+ community. The composition emits courage and PRIDE through a band of rainbow colors in bodies and transforming environments.

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