So, though I usually look elsewhere for my Friday Friends posts, this week I need to look no further than you and me to find inspirational stories of what we can do, using only our bodies, our hearts and our minds.
Safetyfest is CUAV's annual festival celebrating queer and trans power to respond to and heal from violence. Here are some of the ways I witnessed the transformative power of art during Safetyfest:
Celeste Chan's beautiful
return to ballet
- On a related note, the energizing power of dance was present throughout the festival. I was truly moved watching Sheena Johnson move across the stage, and of course it's always lovely to watch Celeste Chan perform. And everyone got a chance to show off their moves at the Ferocity closing party, coming together to dance to the jams of DJ Bootyklap, Micah Tron, Tru Bloo and more.
- I have no words for the power of film demonstrated by Kyisha Williams' Red Lips [Cages for Black Girls]. Approaching the issue of violence against women from the perspective of an unabashedly honest queer femme black woman. Just. Incredible.
- We saw plenty of visual art as well, including a mural that allowed everyone to come together to share their own vision of what queer and trans safety looks like.
- I'm so grateful for the photography that captured it all. Check out the photos here, by photography genius Kelly Puleio (the photos on this post were taken by yours truly, not quite so genius).
What kind of power lies within you?