Saturday, April 28, 2012

(Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak! - May 3rd!

From Colors of Pride:
(Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:00pm until 8:00pm

As part of our Queercat Pride Week celebrations, the University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Center, Colors of Pride, and the United Black Student Association are bringing the audio/visual installation (Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color to the University. In addition to a gallery display at the beginning of the event, the group will present Building Solidarity: An LGBTQ-Focused Anti-Racism Workshop. The event will take place at the African-American Cultural Resource Center located by Daniels and Dabney on the University of Cincinnati's campus.

(Un)heard is an audio/visual installation about the lives and experiences of transmasculine people of color. By sharing first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and people of color, and to educate people about a marginalized, and often invisible, group. The project celebrates a range of views, opinions, and experiences that are unique and empowering to trans
gender people everywhere.

The past two decades have seen an increase in conversation about transmasculine experiences and identities. However, the experiences of transmasculine people of color are often misunderstood, ignored, unaddressed, and unheard. To date there is no other mixed media project that focues specifically on the expereinces of transmasculine people of color. By utilizing in-depth audio interviews and intimate portraits, (Un)heard seeks to move transmasculine (transgender, ftm, bois, masculine of center) people of color identities and community from margin to center and addresses issues of personal triumph, loss, desire, community, relationships and discrimination. At the most basic level, (Un)heard combats transphobia and racism by breaking silence and making the invisible visible. By encouraging people of all ages to affirm and appreciate diversity, this traveling exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thereby making the world a safer place for all individuals.

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