This poster was created in November 2015, as part of the Trans Day of Resilience Art Project. The artist Ethan X. Parker made it in collaboration with Breakout!, a Black youth-led organization in New Orleans that seeks to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth. In 2015, Breakout! organized the first Trans Day of Resilience march, and put out a national call for similar actions to celebrate the resilience and resistance shown by queer and trans youth of color every day. The artist wrote: “This project allowed me to further explore black trans communities and feel more confident stepping out into the world understanding that I am not alone in fighting for equality, understanding and acceptance.”
Ethan X. Parker is a self-taught sequential artist and illustrator living and working in Austin, TX. Their works pulls from social commentary surrounding the intersectionality of being queer, black, and trans as a means of uplifting communities of color and amplifying the voices of queer black individuals through visual storytelling. As a budding queer activist, Ethan uses their art as a platform to speak their truths while navigating everyday situations and examining hard truths through a sardonic lens.
Trans Day of Resilience Art Project uses art and activism to celebrate trans people of color in their lives and leadership, not just in death. It is supported by Strong Families. Learn more at tdor.co.
This print is one of a set of eight posters created for the 2015 Trans Day of Resilience Art Project. The complete set is available here. The seven other posters included in the project are listed by artist: Micah Bazant, Wriply Marie Bennet, Adelina Cruz, Ebin Lee, Mojuicy, Ethan X. Parker, Bishakh Som, and Rommy Torrico.