Three local queer non-profits have teamed up to showcase art made by, and for, Seattle’s transgender community and their allies. Gay City Health Project, Gender Justice League, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema are proud to present Trans Arts Month, from May 5th through June 5th, 2016 which will include a number of events that celebrate multiple forms of artistic expression including film, visual art, performing art and combinations of all of the above.
“When it comes down to it, Trans Arts Month is an opportunity to humanize trans artists,” said Gay City Youth Arts Coordinator Ebo Barton. “Art doesn’t have to be high-minded, and sometimes it’s just telling a story about yourself.”
Part autobiography, part magical realism, it chronicles Sadie’s spiritual childhood in the pacific northwest, the harsh realities of having to live as a boy, and finally, rediscovering herself through art, community and the natural world. “Trans art is essential, not only for our community to survive but to thrive,” said Dorothy Frances Kent when asked about her semi-autobiographical one woman show, “By telling our unique stories we acknowledge our rich, if cruel past and learn about ourselves and each other.”
“Film is such a powerful medium” said Sam Berliner, Translations Festival Director. “As gender-variant people, recognizing ourselves on-screen and being able to relate to the characters is unbelievably affirming.”