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She Could Have Been Me

Wriply Bennet

This poster was created in November 2015, as part of the Trans Day of Resilience Art Project. It was made by Wriply Bennet in collaboration with Black Lives Matter organizer Elle Hearns. Wriply says ““Being part of this project means that we are gathering. We are spreading our energies & our culture amongst the masses. This project is a great way to have a platform to introduce all people to trans women and trans life, and it is extremely important trans women are able to mediate this conversation. Mediation through art is one of the most beautiful ways we can transmit our own lives.”

Wriply Marie Bennet is a painter and illustrator, born and raised in Ohio. She uses her art to uplift her sisters in the black lives/black transgender lives movement. She works in ink, watercolor and other mediums, and her art comes from an untrained perspective. She never aspired to attend college to study art, and there are no degrees to speak of other than a high school diploma. Her art is proudly self-taught. Wriply’s art has been used in countless social justice flyers, and in the documentary film MAJOR! Wriply is much more than a visual artist; she’s also a singer/song writer, actor, screenplay writer, story teller, cartoonist, and fashion designer. She continues to work and fight for justice! For art will travel.

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

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.